University of Rochester

Family Therapy Training Program
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The University of Rochester, founded in 1850, is an independently supported institution accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The University of Rochester is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The School of Medicine and Dentistry, the School of Nursing, and Strong Memorial Hospital are the principal components of the nationally recognized University of Rochester Medical Center. The Marriage and Family Therapy Training Program is part of the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The Department of Psychiatry is well known for its emphasis on interdisciplinary training and clinical excellence. The commitment to clinical care strengthens the educational experience by providing a large and diverse patient base, experienced clinical faculty, and a large professional staff. These resources allow the training program to integrate clinical care, education, and research collaborations and initiatives.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jenny Speice and Dr. Carol Podgorski
Department Emphasis
  • 80% Family Therapy
  • 10% Child/Human Development
  • 10% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

300 Crittenden Boulevard
Department of Psychiatry
Rochester, NY 14642-8409
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Jenny Speice and Dr. Carol Podgorski
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Therapy Theory & Techniques
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice
  • Psychopathology & Systems
  • Human Development Across the Family Life Cycle
  • Clinical Assessment in Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy Ethics & Professional Practice
  • Family Law, Policy & Social Services
  • Child-Focused Family Therapy
  • Family Therapy Practice
  • Clinical Practicum Part-Time & Full-time
  • Narrative and Integrative Approach to Family Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Therapy Research
  • Gender, Human Sexuality and Culture
  • Masters Project
  • Medical Family Therapy Intensive
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The Masters of Science (M.S.) in marriage and family therapy program, located in the Department of Psychiatry in a university medical center, is designed to train family therapists to work in the changing health and mental health environment. The faculty is recognized for their work in medical family therapy, problems arising from cultural transitions, loss and mourning, psycho-educational approaches to persistent mental illness, addictions, and domestic violence and its commitment to working with diverse populations. All clinical supervisors are approved supervisors in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

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.