Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University
Jefferson College of Health Professions
Department of Couple &
Family Therapy

Chair's Message

Kenneth Covelman

Kenneth W. Covelman, PhD

The Master’s degree in Family Therapy is a unique collaboration between Thomas Jefferson University and the Council for Relationships (CFR), one of the most respected couple and family therapy training programs in the country.

With the increasing stresses on families and the difficulties in maintaining healthy relationships in our society, the demand for couple and family therapists has grown dramatically in recent years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the increase in demand will continue. Thomas Jefferson University and CFR are working together to prepare qualified couple and family therapists to meet this demand.

Students are taught by highly experienced couple and family therapists and teachers. The faculty integrates their professional experience into the classroom discussions to bring the curriculum to life. Students will quickly gain their own experience with therapy, as the first practicum begins just a few weeks into the program. A total of 500 hours of direct clinical experience is required for graduation, and practicum placements are available throughout the Philadelphia region.

I am glad that you are considering entering this field. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information about this program. I hope to meet you soon.

Kenneth W. Covelman, PhD
Chair, Department of Couple & Family Therapy