Marriage and Family Therapy

Message from the Director

Dear Prospective Student,

Marriage and family therapy is a distinct mental health discipline which is regulated by licensure in the State of Connecticut. Marriage and family therapists utilize family systems theories and models. They believe that individuals and their problems must be seen in context and that the most important context is the family.

Fairfield University's M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy offers specialized training in various models of family therapy with an emphasis on structural and strategic approaches, and has contractual relationships with more than 45 placement sites in 20 neighboring communities. At these sites, you may obtain your supervised clinical experience during your four semesters of practicum and internship.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE). The coursework and clinical training therefore prepares you to pursue membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), as well as for Connecticut State licensure in marriage and family therapy.

As you explore our website further, please contact me by e-mail if you have any questions or would like to schedule a time to meet with me.

Rona Preli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of Marriage and Family Therapy