The URI program leads to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, with practical experience in the Couple & Family Therapy Clinic. It is the only Couple and Family training program in the State of Rhode Island that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Our program was first accredited in 1985 and has a proud tradition of 100% employment for our graduates, who work in various parts of the country, as well as internationally, in mental health agencies, family services agencies, state departments of children and families, and independent practice.
Students who are enrolled full time complete the program in two years. Students enrolled part-time typically complete their program of studies in three years. Most students are full time. Clinical training and experience begins in the first semester and continues throughout the program. Several supervision techniques are employed, including live supervision using a one-way mirror, telephone call-ins, and therapeutic teams. Recording of sessions is required, and our modern digital equipment employs robotic controls and split screen technology in a high definition format. A one-year off-site practicum in couple and family therapy begins in the second year of studies. Supervised off-site placements (internships) are completed in a variety of settings across the state and provide more intensive training opportunities with children, adolescents and adults. Possible training settings include: hospitals, schools, residential facilities, crisis and home based family therapy services. Students are placed in internship settings in consultation with the program faculty, and the internship staff.
The Couple and Family Therapy Program (CFT) is at the forefront of integrating a systematic, practice-based research protocol into clinical practice and training. Using an outcome management system, students collect and incorporate client feedback at each session. Outcome management has garnered significant attention as a way to improve client outcomes and enhance trainee progress. The CFT Program has introduced outcome management to the field of marriage and family therapy through workshops, training, and publications. Students have an opportunity to be leaders in this exciting new area of CFT training and research.Program Educational Plan