Springfield College

Marriage and Family Therapy Program
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Springfield College's marriage and family therapy program has been preparing students for careers in the field of marriage and family therapy for over 20 years. Offering both a master's degree and a certificate of advanced graduate study, the program provides students an opportunity to gain comprehensive understanding of family systems theory, exposure to the various schools of marriage and family therapy, and training in the skills necessary for the provision of marriage and family therapy in a variety of clinical settings. The program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis and courses are offered in the late afternoon and evening for those who work during the day. The program also offers a mental health counseling option for those interested in applying for licensure as both a mental health counselor and marriage and family therapist. This option requires 61 credits for an M.Ed. and 70 credits for an M.S.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Patricia Gorman (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 15% Family Therapy
  • 15% Family Studies
  • 15% Human Development
  • 15% Marital & Family Studies
  • 15% internship
  • 15% Psychology Core
  • 10% Ethics & Research
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

263 Alden Street
Springfield, MA 01109
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Marital and Family Interaction
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Strategic Family Therapy
  • Postmodern Family Therapy Models
  • Couples Therapy
  • Rituals in Families
  • Principles of Counseling
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Psychology of Sexual Behavior
  • Child Development and Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological Testing
  • Human Development
  • Group Dynamics
  • Substance Abuse and Family Treatment
  • Professional Studies in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Internship
  • Career Development
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Research
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
Masters Comments

Marriage and family therapy students can opt to take, as electives, courses necessary to apply for licensure as both a marriage and family therapist and as a mental health counselor. This requires a total of 61 credits for the Master of Education and 70 credits for a Master of Science.

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.