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!

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Social Work & Marriage and Family Therapy Department

Jeanne Matich-Maroney
Department Chair

(914) 637-7717

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

Mission & Student Outcomes


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 a combination of academic training that is clearly holistic, systemic, and relationally based coupled with varied clinical experiences that enhance the application of systemic theory in clinical practice in diverse community settings. The overall goal is to graduate ethical, competent, caring MFTs who will be able to address complex relational dynamics across the family life cycle and who are committed to working with a multicultural mindset. Our graduates will be prepared to pass the national licensing examination in Marriage and Family Therapy and with additional supervised clinical experience in the community to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.

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. To understand and apply relational/systemic clinical knowledge.
  2. To assess problems in human and family development and interaction.
  3. To establish an identity as a professional MFT with an awareness of, and adherence to, AAMFT ethical standards.
  4. To understand theoretical constructs of MFT.
  5. To cultivate an understanding and respect for issues surrounding social justice, and diversity/inclusion.

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.

Definition of Diversity

The MFT Program is committed to the representation of multiple groups in our student body, supervisors, and faculty. This inclusionary mindset embodies all that we do and teach. Special emphasis is placed on ensuring that issues of diversity are central to all aspects of the training environment we provide.