Marriage & Family Therapy

About the Program

Philosophical Model

The philosophy of the MFT Program at Hofstra is balanced and integrated. Students are exposed to a wide range of therapeutic models, including Structural, Strategic, Experiential, Object Relations, Solution Focused, and Narrative. This broad approach familiarizes students not only with the traditional models of family therapy, but also with cutting-edge family therapy theory and practice.

The integration of theory and practice occurs during the two-year internship that students begin after the first year of classes. Students are provided during this time with an intense training experience, both academically and clinically. The internship experience begins at the Hofstra Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, located in the Saltzman Community Services Center on campus. Third-year students are placed outside of the University for their clinical work. These placements are provided and approved by the MFT Program, and can occur at hospitals, mental health agencies, andsubstance abuse treatment agencies. In total, students spend 900 hours working in clinical settings by the time they graduate.

For students who are interested in developing their research skills or having work published, there are opportunities to collaborate with faculty in areas of mutual interest. To date, students have published papers in professional journals and submitted chapters for faculty books. Students are also strongly encouraged to present to community groups and at national conferences; publications and presentations are particularly important for those intending to continue their education in a doctoral program. Occasionally, stipends may be available to help students wishing to attend national and regional conferences.

Other highlights of the program include special workshops and guest speakers. Past speakers have included Carl Whitaker, Harry Aponte, Bill O’Hanlon, Lynn Hoffman, Harville Hendrix, Kenneth Gergen, Virginia Satir, Stephen Lankton, and Karl Tomm.

Licensure in New York State

Information about the requirements for and process of acquiring a license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in New York State may be obtained by consulting this site.

You will notice that the licensure requirements refer to licensure qualifying degree programs. Hofstra’s MFT Program has been granted licensure qualifying status by the New York State Department of Education. What this means is that the program’s curriculum has been vetted by the Department and been found to meet the education requirements for licensure in New York State. Additionally, because Hofstra’s program is licensure qualifying, all client-contact hours accrued by students during internships are credited toward the 1,500 hours of client contact required for licensure.


Alicia Bosley
Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program; Assistant Professor
(516) 463-8101
149 Hagedorn Hall

Joan D. Atwood
(516) 463-5756
209 Hagedorn Hall

Nancy Cohan
Adjunct Assistant Professor
(516) 463-4622
202 Hagedorn Hall

Samuel J. Ferrara
Adjunct Assistant Professor
(516) 463-5752
212 Mason Hall

Teresa M. Grella-Hillebrand
Adjunct Professor
Director, Counseling and Mental Health Professions Clinic 
106 Saltzman Community Services Center