Department of Couple and Family Therapy Jefferson School of Health Professions Thomas Jefferson University

Philadelphia, PA
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July 15
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Thomas Jefferson University

Established in 1824, Thomas Jefferson University is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the northeastern region of the United States. The university provides cutting-edge educational programs and works to discover new knowledge that helps define clinical care.

Jefferson is one of only a few universities in the country that is classified as an academic health center.

The university's programs focus on "the art and science of healthcare" and integrate hands-on learning with theoretical education.

The Couple and Family Therapy Department

The Master of Family Therapy program is a collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University and the Council for Relationships (CFR). CFR is a non-profit organization that is highly-regarded for its couple and family therapy training programs. It specializes in treating people's emotional problems from a systems perspective.

A student who earns a CFR/Jefferson MFT is eligible for licensure or certification. The university's program meets the academic requirements of states in the northeastern region and most states throughout the country.

The Couple and Family Therapy Program at Thomas Jefferson University

The Couple and Family Therapy program at Thomas Jefferson University is a 2-year, 63-credit program that includes 500 hours of clinical education. It leads to a Master of Family Therapy (MFT) degree. The program's curriculum is modeled on the core curriculum that the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) developed.

It focuses on several important areas in contemporary practice including couple and martial intervention, family therapy with children, and families in transition. The program also focuses on family violence, medical family therapy, and sex therapy.

The MFT in Couple and Family Therapy Approach

The Couple and Family Therapy program is based on the bio-psychosocial approach to understanding human behavior. Therefore, students learn how the behavior that individuals, couples, families, and larger systems exhibit is a result of the interaction between biological, psychological, and social factors.

Furthermore, students are trained to be aware of and sensitive to cultural diversity issues and their impact on family functioning as well as the therapeutic process.

MFT Coursework

Students take a number of courses including "Theory and Practice of Family Therapy I," "Foundations of Systemic Practice," "Psychopathy in and Socio-cultural Context," "Implications for Diversity in Practice," and "Research in Couple and Family Therapy."

Clinical Practice

The MFT in Couple and Family Therapy program includes 500 hours of clinical education that occurs in all 4 semesters of the program. Graduate students also spend 250 hours helping couples or families.

Students complete 8 to 10 hours of clinical practice per week. They receive a minimum of 100 hours of supervision, and at least 50 of those hours involve supervisors observing sessions either in person or via video or audio tape.

Practica in the first year of the program are designed to help students acquire the basic clinical skills needed to effectively conduct couple, family, and individual therapy. In the second year of practica, students expand their clinical skills and work with diverse populations.

Excellent Clinical Sites

Students complete their clinical educations in a variety of settings throughout the Philadelphia region including drug treatment centers, outpatient mental health clinics, hospitals, and psychiatric facilities.

Specific locations include 14 Council for Relationships sites, the Institute of Sex Therapy, and sites within the Jefferson Health System.

Sex Therapy Track

Students who choose the sex therapy specialty track gain in-depth knowledge about the effects of sexual values and attitudes on people at every life stage. They also learn how to treat a number of problems related to sexual functioning, sensuality, and sexual dissatisfaction.

Additionally, students participate in the Sexual Attitude Reassessment Experience that includes lectures, explicit media, experiential activities, and small group discussions. The assessment gives students opportunities to explore their attitudes, feelings, and beliefs about sexuality and understand how these aspects influence them personally and professionally.

Students also spend at least 250 of the 500 clinical hours in supervised sex therapy practice working with clients in most areas of sexuality and sexual dysfunction. Furthermore, they each receive 50 hours of supervision.

Research on Issues Affecting Couples and Families

Thomas Jefferson University is committed to advancing medical and clinical knowledge through research. Therefore, its academic programs emphasize both student and faculty research. For example, students complete master's projects to demonstrate mastery of clinical theory and frame their clinical interests in a scientific context.

Furthermore, faculty members' research interests span a wide range of areas including chronic illness, depression, high-risk divorced families, social service policy, and substance abuse.

Experienced Faculty Members

Couple and Family Therapy faculty members are accomplished therapists and highly-skilled supervisors and teachers who are committed to advancing knowledge in the field.

Professor Sara J. Corse is one of these expert faculty members. Her work includes clinical intervention and research related to work/life balance in families with young children, clinical support for those who are facing death or grieving loss, and therapeutic issues regarding community outreach. Professor Michele M. Marsh, PhD, practices couple and sex therapy as well as child and adolescent focused family therapy.

Career Opportunities for Couple and Family Therapists

As the stresses on families and challenges in maintaining healthy relationships increase, the need for mental health professionals continues to grow. Therefore, students in the MFT program will find career opportunities in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, mental health and social service agencies, colleges and universities, and research centers.

The may also work in courts and prisons, employee assistance programs, and private practices.

Financial Assistance at Thomas Jefferson University

More than 75 percent of students at Thomas Jefferson University receive financial aid through federal, state, institutional, or private loans; scholarships; grants; and work-study programs.

Students who have demonstrated financial need may also quality for graduate assistantships.

Location & Contact

Department of Couple and Family Therapy

Jefferson School of Health Professions
Thomas Jefferson University

130 South 9th Street Suite 530
Philadelphia, PA 19107
United States

Dr. Kenneth Covelman


Phone: 215-955-6000

Donald Sharples

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 215-503-1040
Fax: 215-503-7241

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Marriage And Family Therapy Master of Family Therapy (MFT)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 17
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


41% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 53
    • Accepted 22
    • Acceptance Rate 41
    • Enrolled 21
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline July 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesNot Reported

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsApril 1
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students38
    • Female Percentage84%
    • Male Percentage16%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students38
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian81%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian11%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown5%


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