Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of 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
  • 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 specific practicum opportunities that bolster student learning. Admission to each track requires faculty approval.

Alyx Barry, LMFT-Associate, MFT 2012I work for a company in Dallas, TX, called Adapt Community Solutions. Since July 2012 I have been a Quality Training Supervisor providing guidance and corrective feedback to the clinical support staff during crisis interventions. I also work directly with high risk clients both in the community and in the county jail to bring them out of immediate crisis while decreasing recidivism and the need for intensive care.

I recently went through the license process in Texas which included pre-approval of my degree from another state, taking an exam which has a 50% passing rate, and proving I had completed a minimum of 24 months and 3000 hours of supervised clinical work. I’m happy to say that I passed the exam on the first try, and I have completed over 4720 hours in 24 months. I am in a management position and I am routinely complemented on my clinical skills which I attribute to my education at Jefferson.

- Alyx Barry, LMFT-Associate, MFT 2012