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Brief Program Overview

The PMC Program leads to a certificate in Couple and Family Therapy and provides the course requirements to meet the credentialing requirements for Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Pennsylvania. The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Mission of the Post-Master’s Certificate Program

The mission of the COAMFTE accredited PMC program is to offer specialized training in CFT in the form of advanced practitioner training. The program is committed to exposing students to an array of classical and postmodern theories in family therapy using an array of classical and postmodern theories in family therapy anchored in culturally and evidenced informed paradigms, self of the therapists, and social justice as theoretical frameworks for education, supervision, and training.

Post-Master’s Certificate Program Philosophy

As a COAMFTE-accredited program, students must complete all course work and clinical requirements described in the Educational Guidelines (formerly the standard curriculum), or documented equivalents thereof. The PMC Program curriculum exceeds the requirements outlined in the Educational Guidelines and is designed to prepare students to pursue credentialing for EFT and to help individuals, couples and families improve their relationships using a culturally sensitive framework.

The curriculum for the Post-Master's Certificate program is intended to facilitate the programs mission, goals and educational outcomes and is heavily influenced by the Marriage and Family Therapy Educational Guidelines and Pennsylvania Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure requirements. The following professional influences are embedded throughout the curriculum: (1) Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Standards and Educational Guidelines;(2) AAMFT Code of Ethics;(3) The American Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) Guidelines; (4)Pennsylvania Marriage and Family Licensure Act and (5) COAMFTE Standards.

The Post-Master's Certificate Program is a two-year part-time program leading to a certificate in couple and family therapy. The certificate can lead towards licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Clinical Fellow, and credentialing in Emotionally Focused Therapy. A minimum of 43-quarter credits of course work and clinical practicum is required for graduation. 

The program has identified and established the following Student Learning Outcomes.

At the end of the program students will be able to:

  1. Maintain a professional couple and family therapy identity and ethical conduct*
  2. Identify foundations and contemporary conceptual directions for couple and family therapy
  3. Identify and assess a variety of clinical problems from a systemic/relational perspective
  4. Assess, diagnose, and treat mental health problems using traditional and systemic psycho-diagnostic categories
  5. Identify, assess and understand individual and family development across the family life cycle
  6. Identify, assess, and relate family life cycle states to the treatment of physical and mental health issues
  7. Define ethical issues related to the profession of couple and family therapy
  8. Identify the legal responsibilities and liabilities of couple and family therapy practice
  9. Demonstrate knowledge of traditional and contemporary research practices in couple and family therapy
  10. Define ethical responsibilities in couple and family therapy research
  11. Utilize an Emotionally Focused approach to conduct therapy

Couple and Family Therapy Department

Name: Rhonda Wittlin, Ed.M.
Position: Program Manager
Phone: 267-359-5517
Fax: 267-359-5576