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Chair Message

The Master’s Degree Program in Couple and Family Therapy is a unique collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University, a cutting edge academic health center and the Council for Relationships , one of the most respected couple and family therapy training programs in the country. This combination of resources provides a powerful learning environment for our students, creating multiple opportunities for developing the skills necessary for a satisfying and rewarding career as a couple and family therapist. Our program offers students many unique features including, two learning tracks-couple and family therapy and sex therapy-as well as providing them with them with a built in practicum experience run through the Council for Relationships. In addition we offer students a variety of community placements in order to help them gain experience with diverse clinical populations.

Ken-CovelmanKenneth W. Covelman, PhD,
Chair, Department of Couple and Family Therapy

Recently our program received a five-year Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).COAMFTE is a specialized accrediting body that accredits master's degree, doctoral degree, and post-graduate degree clinical training programs in marriage and family therapy throughout the United States and Canada. Programs applying for COAMFTE accreditation are required to meet or exceed current Accreditation Standards throughout their period of accreditation. This accreditation was a validation of the learning goals developed by our faculty and the outcomes achieved by the students. These include extremely high pass rates on the national licensing examination and success in the field following graduation.

With the increasing stresses on families and the difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships in our society, the demand for couple and family Therapists has grown dramatically in recent years. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the increasing demand will continue. Thomas Jefferson University College of Health Professions and Council for Relationships will continue to work together to prepare qualified couple and family therapists to meet this demand.

Our goals are to prepare students as rigorously as possible to be excellent clinicians and to be able to function at the highest level in the evolving health care environment. To this end, our students are taught by faculty members who are highly experienced couple and family therapists and teachers, all of whom continue to have active clinical practices. This allows the faculty members to integrate their professional experience into the classroom in such a way as to bring the curriculum to life. Students will also quickly gain their own experience with therapy. The first practicum begins just a few weeks into the first semester.

I am glad that you are considering entering this field and hope you will give serious consideration to the Jefferson/Council for Relationships program. Please contact the Admissions office for more information about our program. I look forward to meeting you soon.

Best Wishes,
Kenneth W. Covelman, PhD
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
Department of Couple and Family Therapy