Center for Healthy Families

The Center for Healthy Families is the couple and family therapy clinic housed in the Department of Family Science at the University of Maryland, College Park. At the Center for Healthy Families, graduate students and faculty from the Marriage and Family Therapy program provide clinical and educational services to residents of the surrounding communities. The Center serves approximately 500 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, family therapy conferences, and continuing education for professionals. The Center also conducts research on family relationships, interpersonal communication, treatment for domestic violence, minority couples and families, the effects of attachment styles on couple and family relationships, psychotherapy in the family context, cultural factors affecting family life, and other problems facing today's families.


Center for Healthy Families therapists apply and integrate the latest research, theories, and methods in family therapy. All marriage and family therapy services are supervised by clinical faculty of the Department of Family Science. 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 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).