La Salle University

Marriage & Family Therapy Program
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La Salle's Marriage and Family Therapy program strives to prepare professionals with abilities and competencies requisite for the practice of marriage and family therapy. The curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization of the role of an individual in primary relationships, such as marriage and the family. Students are provided with course work and clinical experiences, which encourages them to examine the complex interplay of all forces (scientific, interpersonal, and spiritual) which coexist within and exert influence on an individual and on a family system. The goals are to prepare marriage and family therapists who will competently develop and implement comprehensive interventions, acquire a holistic perspective to health care, understand the complexity of addressing the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families, evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, and address a wide array of relationship issues that will best meet the needs of clients within the context of a family system.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Donna A. Tonrey (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Core Mental Health Information
  • 30% Family Studies
  • 30% Family Therapy
  • 10% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1900 W. Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Donna A. Tonrey
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Counseling & Psychotherapy: Theories & Interventions
  • Counseling Lab I
  • Psychopathology
  • Human Behavior: A Developmental Perspective
  • Systems & Systems Thinking and Ethics
  • Basic Principles of Research & Design
  • Advanced Counseling Lab
  • Human Sexuality
  • Working with Families
  • Multicultural Counseling and Therapy
  • Marital and Couples Therapy
  • Understanding Relationships
  • Addictions & the Family
  • Contextual Family Therapy
  • Therapeutic Approaches to Children and Adolescents
  • Grief, Loss and Trauma Counseling
  • Sex Therapy
  • Emotional, Behavioral, and Neuro-Developmental Disorders of Childhood
  • Internship
  • Professional Seminar
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

While the program stresses skills training and clinical preparation for disciplined practice in Marriage and Family Therapy, it also requires a common core of psychological studies as a basis for improved understanding of the mental health field. Thus the program is excellent preparation for those who wish to continue their studies and pursue a doctoral degree or state licensure.

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.