The Center for Healthy Families is a couple and family therapy clinic housed in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Center serves as the primary clinical training site for the department's nationally accredited Couple and Family Therapy M.S. program. Graduate student interns from the Couple and Family Therapy program provide clinical services to residents of the surrounding communities. The Center serves approximately 400 area couples and families each year.
The Center for Healthy Families philosophy is to work with couples and families as a unit. Many problems and stresses are part of patterns of behavior that can best be addressed when the couple or family works together.
Operating as a non-profit clinic, the Center for Healthy Families offers services including: couple, family, and individual therapy, as well as parent education. The Center also conducts research on family relationships, interpersonal communication, treatment for domestic violence, minority couples and families, psychopathology in the family context, cultural factors affecting family life, and other problems facing today's families.
The CHF has two major wings, one containing a waiting room for clients, ten therapy rooms (including a play room for therapy with children), and observation rooms for live clinical supervision. All therapy rooms are equipped with comfortable furniture, digital video-recording equipment, and phones for supervisor call-in. The other wing of the CHF houses the large main office in which staff meetings are held, a clinical records storage room, a kitchen, a set of computers for record-keeping and data entry, and three seminar classrooms.
Center for Healthy Families therapists apply and integrate the latest research, theories, and methods in family therapy. All couple and family therapy services are supervised by clinical faculty of the Department of Family Science and adjunct supervisors. Supervisors are highly qualified, experienced family therapists who bring a variety of theoretical approaches and a broad experiential base to their supervision of graduate students.
The Department’s Couple and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).