Through the Marriage and Family Therapy program, qualified college graduates have the opportunity to take part in a highly rewarding and challenging course of study leading to the Master of Arts degree and to eligibility for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of Connecticut. Fairfield's program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). All faculty members are Approved Supervisors and Clinical Members of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and licensed in the State of Connecticut. Through their publications, presentations of papers, and service on numerous professional, state, and national committees, the faculty maintain national and international recognition in the field. The program offers specialized training in various models of family therapy with an emphasis on structural and strategic approaches, and has contractual relationships with more than 45 placement sites in 20 neighboring communities. At these sites, students may obtain their supervised clinical experience during their four semesters of practicum and internship. Upon completion of the program, students may apply for associate membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Following additional post-degree clinical experience and supervision, they may apply for clinical membership in this organization and sit for Connecticut's licensing examination. Program study is in areas of 1) theoretical foundations, 2) clinical practice, 3) individual development and family relations, 4) professional identity and ethics, 5) research, 6) supervised clinical practice, and (7) recommended electives.