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Marriage and Family Therapy Program


Southern's Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), which is the sole accrediting agency of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The program initially received accreditation in September 1983, making it the oldest and longest standing program among the five COAMFTE accredited MFT programs in the State of Connecticut.  In addition to being the oldest accredited program in the State of Connecticut, Southern's MFT program is one of the oldest COAMFTE accredited MFT programs in the world. 

Benefits of Receiving Training from a COAMFTE Accredited Program

COAMFTE accreditation is the seal of credibility, rigor and quality of any MFT training program.  The accreditation benefits the student, public and future employers. It assures students that appropriate knowledge and clinical skills have been included in all courses.  It assures the public that the program remains transparent and has undertaken extensive evaluation by a universally recognized third party to prove it meets the rigorous education standards established by the AAMFT. Lastly, COAMFTE accreditation assures prospective employers that students have undergone superior professional training. Since many states require graduation from an accredited program as a requirement toward MFT licensure, a graduate from a program like Southern's has greater opportunities and flexibility to bring his/her degree to other states and municipalities in the United States and Canada and obtain a license to clinically practice. Consult individual state laws for specific licensure requirements.