How is the Couple and Family Therapy Institute different from the Psychological Services Center?
Although both are part of Antioch University New England, and both are training clinics, the Couple and Family Therapy Institute (CFTI) is quite different from the Psychological Services Center (PSC).
The CFTI and PSC are different entities. We have different therapists and supervisors; our clinics are in different buildings (PSC is at the Antioch campus, whereas CFTI is in the Center at Keene); we use different forms; and we have different sliding-fee scales. CFTI offers a couple relationship check-up, and the PSC offers psychological assessment and testing.
Furthermore, our intern therapists’ approach to therapy is different. The PSC interns are students of the Clinical Psychology program, whereas our intern therapists are students of the Marriage and Family Therapy program. These programs provide students with different theoretical orientations to problems and their solutions. Marriage and family therapists are trained to think and work systemically. We see problems and their solutions as existing within relationships, and we specifically consider the influence of context and culture in our therapeutic work. (See What is Marriage and Family Therapy? for more information.) We are also specifically trained to work with couple and family dynamics, including how to work with multiple people at the same time. We use the same systemic approach in our work with individuals.
How much experience do the student therapists have?
Students in our program often bring prior clinical experience with them. Many have a range of experience working with different populations, varying from little to many years of experience. See MA Therapists, PhD Therapists and Supervisors on the left hand navigation bar for more information.