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          The Virginia Tech Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program was established in 1979 under Jim Keller, its founding director.  A training clinic, now called the Family Therapy Center of Virginia Tech, was also begun at that time where students could see clients under the supervision of faculty certified as supervisors by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).  The program was first accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of AAMFT in 1982 and has remained accredited ever since. It is the oldest continuously accredited doctoral family therapy program in the nation, and has been highly regarded for many years.  

           The mission of the Marriage and Family Therapy PhD Program is to graduate well rounded scholar-clinicians who will make a difference in the field of MFT, through practice, research, teaching, service, or a combination of all four, and who demonstrate an understanding of and respect for cultural diversity. We accept about four to six students a year, and have graduated over 150 since the program began, many of whom have gone on to important leadership positions in the world of mental health, including serving as aides to Senators Jay Rockefeller and then-Senator Barack Obama.

          The mission of the Family Therapy Center is to provide low-cost, high quality therapy and consulting to the residents of our area.  Each year, Center students conduct over 1,000 hours of therapy with individuals, couples, and families from all socioeconomic and ethnic groups, and all sexual orientations. They come from as far away as West Virginia and North Carolina to work with us.  (Click here to see our service area.)  The Center operates on a sliding fee scale, and no one is turned away from inability to pay.