COAMFTE-Accredited, Part-Time Intensive Program

Intensive training for clinicians in the theory and practice of Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy. Clinical cases provided. Leading to MFT state licensure requirements for knowledge base and supervision, and possibly, AAMFT clinical membership.

Trainees who meet specific designated criteria described in this brochure are eligible for an intensive program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

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The program’s mission is to intensively mentor and graduate competent, culturally sensitive, ethical clinicians who recognize their
strengths and limitations in the practice of Ecosystemic Structural
Family Therapy (ESFT). The learning outcomes for trainees include
the ability to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency of required knowledge in
    the MFT field;
  • Demonstrate competence in the delivery of
    Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT); 3) practice within legal and ethical guidelines; 4) demonstrate cultural competence within clinical practice, which includes a sensitivity to issues of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, spirituality, health/ability, culture, ethnicity, race, nationality and socioeconomic status;
  • Complete the mandatory requirements to be eligible for a state MFT

Three components comprise the Intensive Program:
I. Classroom/Self-study Courses (4 required; up to 8 if needed
to remediate knowledge deficiencies)
• Theoretical and Historical Development of Family Therapy,
Part I & Part II
• Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy
• Developmental and Clinical Issues
II. Training group (3-5 participants) with outpatient cases provided;
individual and group supervision using one-way
mirror/DVD/role play and case discussion for eighteen
Mondays over an eight month period from October to March
from 2 to 7 pm.
III. 45 individual supervision hours on a minimum of 500 (250
relational) client contact hours that must be completed.

On average, program completion is a minimum of three years and a maximum of six years. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

A master’s, doctoral, or medical degree in a field appropriate to clinical work with families and/or couples is required. The degree must be awarded by a regionally-recognized institution. Applicants must have completed at least four of the required AAMFT standard curriculum courses during their graduate programs. Exceptions to this requirement may be made based on the application interview and faculty review. If such an exception is made, the trainee will be required to complete a minimum of four AAMFT standard curriculum self-studies within the program before graduation.


  • Accredited by the COAMFTE of AAMFT
  • Leads to state licensure requirements
  • 45 hours of individual supervision
  • 500 hours minimum clinical work at approved clinical sites
  • Four core courses plus up to 8 courses, if needed
  • Eighteen group training sessions(maximum four trainees) offering one-way mirror supervision with clients (outpatient cases) provided
    by the Center
  • Training Group meets from October to March for eighteen scheduled Mondays from 2 to 7 pm
  • Individual and group supervision by senior faculty includes 1-way mirror, DVD recorded sessions, role play of sessions, and case discussion
  • AAMFT-Approved / LMFT supervision
    by senior faculty
  • Certificate awarded upon completion
  • Training in Philadelphia