Master of Family Therapy


College of Health Professions


Master of Family Therapy


Center City


On Campus




2 Years

Contact Information

Name: Nicole McKinney, PhD, LMFT
Position: Program Director
Name: Nina A. Mendez-Diaz, PhD, LMFT
Position: Associate Program Director
Name: Florda Priftanji, LMFT
Position: Program Coordinator


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Program Overview

The Master of Family Therapy Degree is offered by our Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program. Our CFT Program is a unique collaborative effort between two highly-respected institutions: Thomas Jefferson University and Council for Relationships. This is a full-time, two-year, 66-credit program, which is modeled on the core curriculum developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), focusing on key areas of contemporary practice, including:

  • Couple and marital counseling
  • Family therapy with children
  • Families in transition (divorce and remarriage)
  • Family violence
  • Medical family therapy
  • Sex therapy

The curriculum reflects a bio-psychosocial approach to understanding human behavior, viewing the behavior of individuals, couples, families and larger systems as the result of an interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors. It also reflects a commitment to training therapists to be aware of and sensitive to issues of cultural diversity and their impact on family functioning and the therapeutic process.

At the end of the first year of study, students will select one of two specialty tracks: the Sex Therapy Track or the Family Therapy Track. Both serve to develop a deep understanding of some of today’s most pressing clinical issues. The Sex Therapy Track requires two advanced courses in sex therapy, while the Family Therapy Track requires advanced coursework in medical family therapy and family violence. Each has practicum opportunities that bolster student learning. Admission to each track requires faculty approval.

Being a Jefferson student and working with a supportive program comprised of great thinkers has helped shape me as a clinician and a scholar. 

Kevin Ruiz Class of 2021