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Couple & Family Therapy Program Receives COAMFTE Accreditation



The Couple and Family Therapy Program received a five-year Initial Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) in May. 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 is a validation of what we have been doing,” says program chair Kenneth Covelman, PhD, also noting that the program received the longest possible accreditation period. He explained that this does not impact former graduates of the program who have taken the licensure exam and have been successful in finding employment. “We knew we built a strong and rich program for our students,” says Jefferson School of Health Professions Dean Janice Burke, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA. “We are very proud of Dr. Covelman and the excellent faculty that put together an exemplary program that continues the Jefferson tradition of excellence.”

The master’s degree in Family Therapy is a unique collaboration between Jefferson and the Council for Relationships, one of the most respected couple and family therapy training programs in the country.

Students are taught by faculty members who are highly experienced couple and family therapists and teachers. The faculty integrates their professional experience into the classroom discussions, to bring the curriculum to life. Students will quickly gain their own experience with therapy. The first practicum begins just a few weeks into the first semester. A total of 500 hours of direct clinical experience is required for graduation, and practicum placement are available throughout the Philadelphia region.

Learn more about the Couple and Family Therapy Program.