Fairfield University

Department of Counseling and Marriage & Family Therapy
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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.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Rona Preli (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Foundations of Marital and Family Therapy
  • Divorce, Single-Parenting, and Remarriage
  • Intervention in Structural and Strategic Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy Pre-Practice
  • Advanced Intervention in Family Therapy/Family
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Couples Therapy
  • Assessment Techniques in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Multicultural Issues in Counseling
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • Human Sexuality and Sexual Dysfunction
  • Professional Identity and Ethics
  • Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Family Therapy
  • Research
  • Research in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Practicum in Family Therapy I & II
  • Internship in Family Therapy I & II
  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
  • Parents and Families of Individuals with Disabilities
  • Introduction to Substance Abuse and Addictions
  • Special Topics in Family Therapy
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.