Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Counseling & Behavioral Health

Couple & Family Therapy

Our Master’s Degree in Family Therapy (MFT) is a unique collaborative effort between two highly-respected institutions: Thomas Jefferson University and the 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 intervention
  • Family therapy with children
  • Families in transition (divorce and remarriage)
  • Family violence
  • Medical family therapy


Kenneth Covelman, PhD
Program Director

George James, PsyD, LMFT
Associate Director

Florda Priftanji, LMFT
Administrative Assistant

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 specific practicum opportunities that bolster student learning. Admission to each track requires faculty approval.