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marriage and family therapy training program

Marriage and Family Therapy faculty 

Southern Connecticut State University’s (SCSU) MFT 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). Southern Connecticut State University’s MFT program received accreditation in September 1983, and is 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. 


Within the program, a matriculated student will progress in two 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 (200 relational hour minimum) 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 provides service to 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).

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 the students from Connecticut. In addition, each year there are a small number of international students.

Southern Connecticut State University’s (SCSU) MFT program is an intensely clinically focused training program. This program focuses on the enhancement of the self-of-the therapist with the aid of coursework in Family of Origin (FOO)  and immersive one-site Clinical Supervision. 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 at least five continuous semesters. This is in addition to at least a year long clinical internship in an off-campus clinical agency.

Southern Connecticut State University’s MFT program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). COAMFTE accreditation is the seal of credibility, rigor and quality within MFT training programs. COAMFTE requires that all accredited programs post student achievement statistics. Our program’s most recent achievement statistics may be found here.          

                 COAMTE                                                                               AAMFT              2015 Graduation              Southern Connecticut State University is an Equal Opportunity University 

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