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Family therapy program rated highly
for contributions to field

December 15, 1997

UConn was ranked as a "leading source of influence in the field of family therapy" in a recent study published by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

The study, published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, explored institutional contributions to the literature in the field of marriage and family therapy from 1980 through 1995. The 25 institutions with the most publications in three major journals, Family Process, the Journal of Marriage and Family Therapy and the American Journal of Family Therapy were ranked. UConn ranked ninth - above such institutions as the University of Wisconsin, University of California-Los Angeles, Pennsylvania State University and Harvard University.

"We're very proud of the marital and family therapy programs," says Charles Super, dean of the School of Family Studies."The ranking is documentation of the faculty's productivity in research and intellectual leadership. It's another feather in our cap," he says.

The marital and family therapy programs in the School of Family Studies prepare master's level professionals for licensure in Connecticut as marital and family therapists. The doctoral program prepares scientist-practitioners for careers as university professors, researchers and trainers in family therapy. Both the master's and doctoral programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education, a national accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Super notes the quality of the program's clinical training as well."It's the other foundation stone of the school's reputation in marriage and family therapy. The students come out with a very skilled sense of family systems and how those can be influential in creating and relieving family problems," Super says.

Sherry Fisher