marriage and family therapy training program

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 (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). This training program meets the educational requirements necessary to proceed toward appropriate licensing by the State of Connecticut and other states in the United States and several provinces in Canada. The program offers a comprehensive training experience directed toward meeting theoretical and clinical standards expected of prospective licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs).

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

1) Theoretical courses consistent with COAMFTE requirements, and the regulations for licensure of the State of Connecticut. These specific core-courses are centered on a thorough understanding of various major theories of marriage and family therapy practice. Courses include theories from modern, postmodern and evidence-based practices in the field of MFT. 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) Acquiring at least 500 hours of direct-client-contact hours under the supervision of AAMFT approved supervisors. These hours will be acquired in outside clinical internship settings and within the department's Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic on campus under the supervision of clinical supervisors. 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. 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 (i.e., either videotapes/audiotapes, or live supervision).

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

MFT 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 diverse ethnic and cultural groups from all regions of the United States with a majority of Connecticut residents. In addition, each year there are a small number of international students.


It is understood that a matriculated student’s continuance in the Marriage and Family Therapy program is contingent upon the following criteria: maintaining at least a “B” grade or better in each graduate course; successful completion of all clinical training requirements; passing a written comprehensive examination as the culmination of academic course work towards the end of the MFT program; 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 most current AAMFT Code of Ethics and with the standards of acceptable Marriage and Family Therapy practices in the State of Connecticut. Receiving a grade of “B-” or below in any grad level course at any point during the coursework will result in immediate dismissal from the program.


Southern Connecticut State University’s (SCSU) MFT program is an intensely clinically-focused-training program for training best practitioners. This program focuses on the enhancement of the self-of-the therapist with the aid of specialized courses in family of origin (FOO) and Gestalt Training. This is unique in the country. SCSU’s Family Clinic provides invaluable clinical training to students in the form of live supervision under well-established clinical supervisors for over at least five continuous semesters. This is in addition to at least a yearlong clinical internship in off-campus clinical agencies in the State of Connecticut.

Data from the MFT program outcome studies in the past few years report that among the full-time students, 82% of them graduate in two years; and an average of 90% of the graduates pass the Association of Marital and Family Therapy Regulatory Board (AMFTRB) national exam within 3 years after graduation. Many of our graduates have become leaders of the MFT profession in the State of Connecticut and beyond.

Clinical faculties are carefully selected from among the best-known clinical practitioners with AAMFT Approved Supervisory status. They are well known in their communities for their integrity, professional contribution and visibility as best clinical practitioners. All the faculty members are actively engaged as educators, clinicians and clinical consultants to many prominent clinical agencies in the State of Connecticut.


Southern Connecticut State University is an Equal Opportunity University.

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