Social Work & Marriage and Family Therapy Department

In a world where adversity and hardship cannot be ignored, strong leaders willing to help emerge.

Our Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy Department combines the study of theories and best practices with hands-on opportunities to develop you into an effective and compassionate leader ready to make an impact.

You can make a lasting difference in the world by making a difference in one person’s – or one family's – life!

Contact Us

Social Work & Marriage and Family Therapy Department

Jeanne Matich-Maroney
Department Chair

(914) 637-7717
jmatirch-maroney@iona.edu

A therapist sits on a chair and talks to her patient on a couch.

Mission & Student Outcomes

Mission

Social Work

The Iona College Social Work Department is dedicated to the preparation of competent generalist social work professionals. With a commitment to student-centered teaching and learning grounded in the context of a liberal arts education, the program affirms the principles of social and economic justice, diversity, community engagement, and service as those values shared by the profession, the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, and the traditions of Catholic Social Teaching.

Graduates of the social work program will be recognized for their ethics, creativity, and problem-solving abilities; their independent and adaptable thinking; their joy in lifelong learning; and their enduring integration of mind, body, and spirit.
(Revised, January 2013)

Marriage and Family Therapy

The mission, goals, and objectives of the master's in MFT are congruent with those of Iona College and are informed by professional marriage and family therapy educational guidelines and core competencies. The Mission Statement of Iona College reads as follows:

Iona College is a caring academic community, inspired by the legacy of Blessed Edmund Rice and the Christian Brothers, which embodies opportunity, justice, and the liberating power of education. Iona College's purpose is to foster intellectual inquiry, community engagement, and an appreciation for diversity. In the tradition of American Catholic Higher Education, Iona College commits its energies and resources to the development of graduates recognized for their ethics, creativity, and problem-solving abilities; their independent and adaptable thinking; their joy in lifelong learning; and their enduring integration of mind, body, and spirit.

(Adopted May 2, 2012)

The mission of the master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Iona College is: to prepare entry-level marriage and family therapists through academic training that is clearly systemic and relationally based combined with diverse clinical experiences that enhance clinical practice in diverse community settings. The overall goal is to graduate ethical, competent, beginning MFT's who will be able to address complex relational dynamics across the family life cycle and who are aware of and committed to cultural diversity in all its manifest forms. Our graduates will be prepared to pass the national licensing examination for Marriage and Family Therapy and coupled with additional supervised clinical experience in the community to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists with the other mental health professions serving the diverse needs of a diverse public. Our mission, goal, objectives/expected outcomes are guided by the following professional influences:

  1. Professional Marriage and Family Therapy Standards and Educational Guidelines,
  2. AAMFT Core Competencies,
  3. AAMFT Code of Ethics,
  4. AMFTRB Guidelines,
  5. New York State Mental Health Practitioners Laws, Rules, and Regulations: Marriage and Family Therapy License Requirements.

Student Outcomes

Social Work

  1. To prepare students for competent generalist social work practice.
  2. To serve the diverse constituents of both the college and the broader communities within which the program is situated.
  3. To advance the profession by modeling professional engagement and career-long learning through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Iona College Social Work Department is equally dedicated to pursuing teaching excellence and scholarship; to serving as a vital resource to the Iona, local, and greater New York metropolitan communities; as well as to advancing the purposes and mission of the profession.

Assessment of Learning Outcomes

 

Marriage & Family Therapy

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.