Post Graduate Program History

The Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Couple and Family Therapy is an outgrowth of the pioneering work of Emily Mudd, Ph.D., in the field of sexual and marital counseling. In 1932, she helped found the Marriage Council of Philadelphia, which initially focused on providing women with information on birth-control. Under her direction the Marriage Council, now the Council for Relationships, became the first center in the country to establish a program to evaluate the effectiveness of counseling.

In the mid-1950’s, it was one of three centers in the nation with an accredited training program for marriage counselors. Dr. Mudd was a founding member of the American Association of Marriage Counselors and presided over the organization from 1954 to 1955. The training program initially came into existence in 1948 as part of a grant from the Department of the Navy to train its chaplains in marital counseling. As the Council grew into a full fledged couple and family therapy treatment center over the next two decades, the training program grew with it, and in 1972 received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE ) of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)as a certificate program in marital and family therapy.