Syracuse University

Department of Marriage & Family Therapy
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Offering master's (M.A) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in marriage and family, the Department of Marriage & Family Therapy provides students with the education and experience they need to become qualified family therapists. Graduates of our programs work in public and private mental health agencies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs), as well as in private practice. Students benefit from training in culturally sensitive therapy and a focus on the development of the self of the therapist,components of our programs that have garnered national recognition. Students are also exposed to a broad base of family therapy theories, as well as couple therapy, child development, and cultural diversity, and may sample from multiple clinical electives.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Thom DeLara (Department Chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
86
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

Peck Hall, 601 E. Genesee St
Syracuse, NY 13202
United States

Phone Number
315-443-3023
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Systems and Therapy
  • Introduction to Family Therapy Practice
  • Systems Dynamics in a Group Setting
  • Introduction to Family Systems
  • Couple Therapy: Theory and Techniques
  • Child Development Theory and Family Therapy Interventions
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Ethics and Issues
  • Marriage and Family Therapy Theory and Techniques
  • Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy Perspectives on Cultural Diversity
  • Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Family Systems Approach to Addictions and Eating Disorders: Theory and Therapy
  • Divorce and Remarriage: Family Theory and Therapy
  • Family Violence: Theory and Therapy
  • Parenting and Family Enrichment: Programs and Research
  • Dysfunctional Families: Theory and Therapy
  • Family Perspectives on Gender Roles and Socialization: Theory and Therapy
  • Loss Across the Life Cycle: Family Theory and Therapy
  • Sexual Identity and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Family Therapy Practicum
  • Supervision in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Advanced Family Therapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Advanced Couple Therapy
  • Family Systems and Family Health
  • Advanced Family Therapy Theory
  • Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy Supervision
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Play Therapy with Children and Families
  • Family Theory and Therapy
  • Assessment and Research Methods in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Internship in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Masters Thesis or Project
  • Doctoral Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy, M.A.
  • Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work Dual Degree M.A./MSW
  • Child Therapy, CAS
  • Trauma-Informed Practice, CAS
Masters Comments

Marriage and Family Therapy, M.A

The master of arts program in Marriage and Family Therapy is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Designed to meet the academic requirements for Clinical Membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, it is intended for mature individuals with a strong commitment to the family therapy profession. All MFT core courses are open to matriculated students, only.

Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work Dual Degree

The dual master's degree program (MA/MSW) in Marriage and Family Therapy and Social Work allows students to complete a master's degree in two distinct professions in three years. The dual degree exposes students to philosophical and legal distinctions of both degrees. It introduces Marriage and Family Therapy students to a broader range of social work and social welfare course offerings.

Child Therapy, CAS

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Therapy is available for graduate students, clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from allied disciplines who intend to expand their knowledge and skills in clinical practice with children and their families or care-givers. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Therapy addresses the concerns expressed by state and federal agencies about the critical shortage of mental health professionals who are trained to address the needs of children, adolescents and their families.

Trauma-Informed Practice, CAS

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Trauma-Informed Practice is structured for clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from allied disciplines to expand their knowledge and skills in the field of trauma response and intervention. Trauma-informed practice is based on an understanding of the vulnerabilities or triggers of trauma survivors that traditional service delivery approaches may exacerbate so that these services and programs can be more supportive and avoid re-traumatization.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Doctoral Comments

The doctoral program (PhD) builds on a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Marriage and Family Therapy or completion of courses equivalent to the COAMFTE Standard M.A. Curriculum. The 72-credit hour curriculum consists of 33 credit hours from a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy or equivalent; 12 credits of advanced theory and practice; 12 credits of advanced research methodology; 3 credits of elective; 3 credits of advanced practicum; and 9 credits of dissertation. Requirements also include a 9-month clinical internship and satisfactory completion of the doctoral qualifying examination and the doctoral dissertation and related oral examination.

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.