Marriage and Family Therapy, M.F.T.

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Admission Information

Students are admitted to the program from various undergraduate academic back- grounds. Preference will be given to those prospective students who offer a rich back- ground in life and work experiences.

Entrance requirements include applications, references, group and individual interviews, and transcripts of all previous academic work. The program begins with course work in June, September, and January of each year and requires all prospective candidates to complete the application process. The required departmental applications and reference forms may be downloaded from the departmental Web site:

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy Degree

The Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program at Southern Connecticut State University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. This training program meets the educational requirements necessary to proceed toward appropriate licensing by the State of Connecticut. The program offers a comprehensive training experience directed toward meeting theoretical and clinical standards expected of prospective licensed marriage and family therapists.

Within the program, the student will progress in three major areas:

1) General professional requirements include theoretical courses consistent with COAMFTE requirements, and the regulations for licensure for the State of Connecticut. These specific core courses are centered on a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of structural family therapy along with other major theories of brief marriage and family therapy practice. In addition, the program has a strong focus on the self of the therapist with assignments and attention placed on personal and professional attributes.

2) Five hundred (500) hours of clinical experience are accrued in outside clinical internship settings and in the department's Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic. Students are expected to have group and individual supervision in the ratio of one hour of supervision for every 5 hours of therapy. A minimum of 50 hours of the required 100 hours of supervision must be on raw data, either videotapes, audiotapes, or live supervision. The Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic has been in operation since 1979 and treats individuals, couples, and families referred by a variety of state and private agencies.

3) A required two semester concentration in Gestalt therapy gives the student experiential, theoretical and practical knowledge in working with individuals and groups from a present-centered active model.

Graduates are eligible for associate membership in AAMFT and secure employment in various settings which include community mental health facilities, youth service agencies, and hospital out-patient clinics as well as domestic violence programs, private practice, substance abuse programs, and youth service programs. The student population contains individuals from all sections of the United States with a majority of Connecticut residents. In addition, each year there are a small number of international students.

Program Sequence - 60 Credits

As sequencing changes, it is highly recommended that students meet with their program advisor to finalize a list of requirements for graduation.  

All programs will be planned according to the following general outline:

State licensure also mandates the inclusion of the following course:

It is understood that student continuance in the Marriage and Family Therapy program is contingent upon positive on-going faculty evaluation of academic performance in real and/or simulated professional training situations, and on the appropriateness of responses, attitudes, and behaviors consistent with the AAMFT Code of Ethics and with the standards of acceptable Marriage and Family Therapy practices.