Extern Program

To improve skills in Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy, increase knowledge base, and receive supervision that can be applied to state licensure requirements - for beginning, intermediate or advanced clinicians.

This program is designed for clinicians who desire ongoing supervision in a comprehensive eighteen days format. Goals include achieving competency in assessing and changing the family system using the Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy model, treatment planning, and expanding the therapist’s style.

Two components comprise this program which may be taken over a
year or two year period. The first component is coursework. Two
courses are given that demonstrate how to enact the Ecosystemic
Structural Family Therapy model: “Ecosystemic Structural Family
Therapy” and “Developmental and Clinical Issues”.

These courses are scheduled from September to May for 11 classroom days (3-1/2 days in September; 1 day per month on Fridays in October and November, 1-1/2 days in December, 1 day in January,February, April, and May).

The second component is a training group providing 1-way mirror/
DVD case discussion /role-play/supervision with outpatient cases
provided by the Center or clinicians may bring in their own cases and
retain client fees. Externs are organized in groups of 3-5 trainees with
one supervisor during a five-hour day which meets once a week on
Mondays for eighteen days scheduled from October to March. A
certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

A bachelor, master’s, doctoral, or medical degree in a field appropriate to clinical work with families and/or couples is required.

A full-day one year Extern program may be conducted at any agency
site willing to sponsor the program. Cases are provided by the sponsoring agency; courses are offered at our training site in Philadelphia.


  • September 12, 2017 - May 5, 2018
  • Two applied family therapy courses (11 class days)
  • Eighteen(one way mirror) sessions, scheduled Monday, with clients provided
  • One-way mirror individual and group supervision of clinical case by senior faculty
  • DVD recorded individual and group supervision
  • Role play supervision
  • AAMFT-Approved / LMFT supervision
  • Certificate awarded upon completion
  • Training in Philadelphia