Professional Education


Founded in 1932, Council for Relationships (CFR) has a long history as a training center in Marriage and Family Therapy. Our dozens of therapists use a wide range of approaches and methods, however, CFR has a particular expertise in the Intersystem Approach. Council offers a Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master’s degree in Family Therapy (in partnership with Thomas Jefferson University), and clinical supervision, as well as Continuing Education for mental health professionals. Additionally, Council offers clergy training, and custom one-day training workshops on a variety of mental health issues. Learn more about our professional education opportunities:

The Couple and Family Therapy Master’s degree program is a unique collaboration between Council for Relationships and Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Health Professions. The clinical counseling program has two specialty tracks: family therapy and sex therapy. This is a full-time, two-year, 66-credit program, which is modeled on the core curriculum developed by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

The Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Council for Relationships is one of the nation’s premier training programs for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Council for Relationships offers a unique Post Graduate Certificate Program in Sex Therapy. Clinical, supervisory, and educational components for sex therapy certification are offered in one program. The curriculum is designed for post graduate clinicians such as therapists, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, physicians, etc. who want to expand their clinical repertoire in sexuality.

The Congregational and Family Systems Academy Certificate Program is for clergy interested in learning Family Systems Theory with direct application to their functioning in ministry. This is a two-year, Advanced Training Program. The curriculum of the Academy mirrors the first-year academics of the Post Graduate Certificate Program, except for the clinical practice.

Council for Relationships’ American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) Accredited Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy offers supervision for marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, and social workers needing licensed supervisors to be eligible for licensure. The program also offers supervision for sex therapists seeking American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) Certification. Therapists interested in obtaining supervision through the Post Graduate Certificate Program must have access to clients in a mental health setting other than Council for Relationships.

Council for Relationships offers Continuing Education (CE) classes throughout the year for mental health professionals including psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, clergy, and more. We are approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education.

Council for Relationships offers specific courses every academic year as part of our Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy. These five and 10-week courses may be taken individually for Continuing Education (CE) credit for Master’s level (or above) mental health professionals. Participants are awarded 15 or 30 CEs per course, contingent upon 100% class attendance.