St. Thomas University

Department of Social Sciences & Counseling
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Our Social Sciences undergraduate and Marriage and Family Therapy graduate programs offer an opportunity to explore several interesting fields of study, such as political science, psychology, criminal justice, sociology, human services, international relations, social sciences, mental health counseling, marriage and family therapy, or guidance and counseling. All of these exciting disciplines are designed to help students attain their primary career goals.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Judith Bachay (Coordinator)
Campus Enrollment
2,500
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

16401 NW 37 AV
Opa Locka, FL 33054
United States

Phone Number
305-628-6584
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Barbara Buzzi
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Theories of Personality and Therapy
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Human Sexuality Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Introduction to Family Therapy and Evaluation
  • Transitions in Family Life
  • Intermediate Family Therapy
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling Couples
  • Field Experience I
  • Field Experience II
  • Occupational and Educational Principles of Guidance
  • Therapeutic Issues of Infancy and Childhood
  • Group Therapy
  • Therapeutic Issues of Adolescence
  • Therapeutic Issues of Aging
  • Substance Abuse and the Family
  • Individual Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • Intermediate Counseling
  • Introduction to Community Consultation
  • Selected Topics in Psychotherapy
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

Our graduate program in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to provide advanced training for those who intend to serve or are currently serving the community in a therapeutic capacity within public or private, human service settings. The program provides the educational requirements for Florida licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy. The curriculum is based on an integrative approach to professional preparation as a family therapist. Course work emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge of a variety of theoretical approaches and methods of family therapy as well as the development of therapeutic skills. Theoretical learning and skill development takes place within the context of the student's personal family life experience as it influences the intervention process. The program is highly focused on multicultural competence as well as sensitivity to all clients with whom one will work. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal styles of family counseling, while preparing for licensure requirements. Students may choose their field placement sites from participating community agencies, which have demonstrated a commitment to providing quality training and supervision to students interested in working with families, couples, children, teens, and adults.

Optional Certificate Programs:

Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (6 courses for those who have already completed Counseling graduate degrees) ;Certificate in the Study of Loss and Healing (6 courses for those who work in the fields of bereavement and thanatology).

Joint Degree Option:

JD (law) and Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling 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.