human development and family studies

Transition Center, 2 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

401.874.2150 (ph); 401.874.4020 (f)

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Master of Science in HDF

Couple and Family Therapy


The program leads to a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Human Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy, and offers practical experience in our Couple and Family Therapy Clinic. It is the only Couple and Family training program in Rhode Island that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Accredited since 1985, we have a proud tradition of 100% employment for our graduates, who work around the country and the world in mental health agencies, family services agencies, state departments of children and families, and independent practice.

For information on the program’s achievements in graduating students on time, and our students’ success in achieving licensure and employment, please visit the Student Achievement Criteria page.

Our Approach

In addition to learning traditional family therapy theories, you will have the benefit of learning our innovative training model which is based on an outcome management (OM) protocol. Using this protocol, you’ll collect feedback from clients on their treatment progress after each therapy session, and record client responses using special  OM software. Computerized predictions then provide a basis for identifying clients who are not progressing as expected, allowing trainees in collaboration with their supervisor to adjust their approach appropriately. Using this method, you will realize not only rapid development of your own skills, but also improved outcomes with your clients.

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