Kean University

Department of Psychology
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The primary mission of the MFT Program is the educationalpreparation of Marriage and Family Therapists who will be competent to address the current and emerging mental health needs of children, couples and families in diverse communities. The vision of the program is that graduates will be prepared to meet the challenges of a competitive, diverse, complex, and evolving mental health care practice environment; that they will be competent and ethical clinicians; and that they will lead the way in standard of care practices and mental health care outcomes. At the completion of the program graduates will have all the educational requirements for licensure in the State of New Jersey. The Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy is a practitioner oriented terminal degree with a focus on Human Systems and relationships. The program fosters professional advancement and excellence that provides graduates with high level training that supports the needs of our communities of interest, while focusing on inclusion, diversity, and cultural issues across all settings in which clinical and supervisory services are provided. Graduates of the M.F.T. program will be trained to work in multiple settings on multiple levels in agencies, treatment facilities, medical facilities, and other locations that provide clinical services. Graduates will be sufficiently trained to develop their own clinical programs, private practices, and educational trainings related to the therapeutic community

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Muriel Singer (Coordinator)
Department Emphasis
  • 20% Human Development
  • 20% Educational Psychology
  • 15% Experimental Psychology
  • 15% Cognitive Psychology
  • 10% Family Therapy
  • 10% Family Studies
  • 10% Women's Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07783
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Muriel Singer
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Readings in Behavioral Sciences
  • Human Development Across the Life Span
  • Learning Theory and Applications
  • Self of Therapist: Professional Growth and Development
  • Advanced Theories of Personality
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology
  • Analysis of Small Group Processes
  • Family Systems Theories and Techniques
  • Introduction to Diagnostic Testing—Practicum
  • Research Methods: Seminar
  • Human Sexuality and Gender
  • Clinical Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Group Practice in Family Therapy
  • Treatment Issues in Couples and Family Therapy
  • Marital Therapy: Theories and Techniques
  • Foundations of Family Therapy
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues in MFT
  • Human Diversity in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy I
  • Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy II
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy degree is structured to satisfy the educational requirements for licensure as marriage and family therapy in New Jersey. The program also provides a strong base of studies preparing students for doctoral training in marriage and family therapy. The curriculum, designed within the practitioner-scholar model, is devised to enable successful graduates to function as marriage and family therapists in a variety of settings. Through required course work and internships, students have an opportunity to develop skills in assessment, interviewing and counseling. Applicants may enter with either a baccalaureate degree or a master's degree.

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.