Ferkauf Announces New Master’s Program in Marriage and Family Therapy

Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology has announced the Fall 2021 launch of a new Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Graduates of the program will be licensure-eligible as Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists (LMFTs) in New York State.

“Ferkauf is extremely excited for the launch of this new program, one of New York State’s only offerings for a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy,” said Dr. Leslie Halpern, dean of Ferkauf. “This further enforces our mission of providing excellent graduate education to students and preparing them for successful careers in the field. As public awareness and acceptance of mental health issues continue to grow, we remain committed to training psychologists and counselors who make a difference in the lives of individuals and society as a whole. Our new program will produce therapists equipped to help families and couples, a service with growing demand in the mental health space.”

The 60-credit program prepares students with theoretical and applied principles of therapy for couples and families. Courses will cover the foundations of marriage and family therapy, family law, counseling with children and adolescents, developmental psychology across the lifespan, group therapy, multicultural issues and more. Students will also be required to complete 600 hours of fieldwork and will be provided placements with training and mentorship opportunities with practicing LMFTs.

“Students graduating from this new program will be able to work in private practice and mental health centers with specialized MFT expertise that is rare for therapists with master’s degrees,” said Michael Gill, assistant dean.  Dr. William Salton, director of the Parnes Clinic at Ferkauf, added, “This program will also prepare students for the opportunity to serve multiple communities since they will receive training with a multicultural and diversity focus.”

Ideal candidates will have a strong interest in working with couples and families and a core background in psychology. The first cohort will launch in Fall 2021. Applications for admissions to this new program will begin in December 2020.

To learn more about the program, visit the Ferkauf website.