Institute for the Family

Post-degree Certificate Program in Medical Family Therapy

Family picnicThe Post-degree Certificate Program in Medical Family Therapy at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry provides training for professionals who already have an advanced degree (MS, MD or Ph.D.), and are interested in specialty training in family therapy theory and clinical practice. Students receive education and training in the major family therapy conceptual and clinical models, theories of family development across the life cycle and relevant research. They are generally full-time employees and work in a variety of medical and community mental health settings. Post-degree courses are offered in conjunction with courses in the masters program in order to meet individual needs and goals.

Supervised clinical training occurs with a diverse client population, presenting a broad range of individual, couple and family problems. Students receive clinical placements in a range of mental health and health care settings. The Program emphasizes strength based and culturally sensitive approaches to therapy, focusing on systems of biopsychosocial integration. A rich, multi-disciplinary training context prepares creative and competent marriage and family therapists who can work in a variety of workplace environments ranging from mental health and behavioral health programs to community agencies, school based programs and medical settings.

The Program is in the Department of Psychiatry of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. It is an integral part of the University of Rochester Institute for the Family consisting of the Family Therapy Training Program (FTTP), Family Therapy Services (FTS) and the Wynne Center for Family Research (WCFR). Students have the opportunity to gain experience by working closely with clinicians and research faculty.

The Post –degree Certificate Program of FTTP has received initial accreditation from AAMFT/COAMFTE in 1992 and re-accreditation for the third time in 2004. The FTTP was first established in 1983 under the leadership of Drs. Duke Stanton and Judith Landau. Subsequent Directors were Dr. Susan McDaniel (1988 –1994), who initiated the accreditation of the Post-degree Certificate Program and Dr. Dave Seaburn (1994-2000). Dr. Pieter le Roux has been the Director of the FTTP from 2000-2012. Since 2012, Dr. Carol Podgorski is the co-Director of the Family Therapy Training Program.

Correspondence and Further Information

Carol Podgorski, Ph.D., MPH, LMFT
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Co-Director, Family Therapy Training Program
Department of Psychiatry - URMC
300 Crittenden Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14642-8409
Phone: (585) 275-8307
Fax: (585) 271-7706
Email: Carol_Podgorski@urmc.rochester.edu