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Student Outcomes & Stories

Student Success

Jetlexis Carlos '17

Nova Southeastern University, Ph.D. Program

Jetlexis CarlosWhile completing the Marriage and Family therapy program at Iona, I encountered supportive staff and peers who could truly understand my experience as I persevered through the challenging process of graduate school. Without the faculty and staff guiding me, I would not be where I am today. They pushed me to be a better student, therapist, and person. As a result, I am currently in the second year of my Ph.D. program at Nova Southeastern University, following my dreams of becoming a leader in the field of family therapy. I would encourage those enrolled or planning to enroll in this program to seek support when you need it. This journey does not have to be walked alone and the faculty and staff want to see you succeed. Your success is Iona's success!


Nicole L. McManus '12MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, The Children’s Village, New York, NY

Nicole L. McManus Nicole L. McManus is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and works at The Children’s Village, providing multi-systemic therapy to high-risk youth and their families in Manhattan. Nicole also works with individuals and couples in a private practice in Midtown. Moving from Seattle to New York, Nicole went to Iona’s accredited MFT program and completed the program and obtained licensure within four years. With the support of staff, Nicole obtained a variety of clinical internships working with a diverse population.

Student Outcomes

These Student Learning Outcomes support the Mission Statement of the department, as they require students to:

  1. Establish an identity as a professional marriage and family therapist with an awareness of ethical conduct that promotes justice, peace, and civic responsibility.
  2. Understand the theoretical and philosophical constructs of marriage and family therapy.
  3. Assess problems in human and family development, utilizing intellectual inquiry and critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
  4. Understand and apply clinical knowledge, utilizing appropriate interventions.
  5. Integrate research with clinical skills and knowledge, adapting to new information and technologies.
  6. Apply an understanding of diversity issues to advance human rights and social and economic justice.

These Student Learning Outcomes are derived from the AAMFT Core Competencies, the AMFTRB Guidelines, and the Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Standards and Educational Guidelines of the COAMFTE.