The Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center, Inc. became a corporation in July, 1999, as an outgrowth of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic founded by Salvador Minuchin, M.D. in 1975 for systemic family therapy and training.
The Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center offers Ecosystemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT) training, education, consultation, and research in family and couples therapy, and developmentally-based approaches to child, adolescent and adult behavioral health issues.
The Center has trained thousands of mental health and other human service professionals in the practice of family therapy, examining the social ecology of the home, school, and community environments. As well as, the strength which can be mobilized to create positive, sustained change.
The Center embraces and implements cultural diversity, as evidenced by the diverse cultural characteristics of faculty, trainees and clients served.
The Philadelphia Child and Family Therapy Training Center promotes effective, strength-based, systemic behavioral health services through training, supervision, consulting, and competency development. The Center embraces innovation, ethical practice, and the use of data to inform training and competency development programs. Our mission is to collaborate with systemic behavioral health clinicians and organizations to build on and support the healthy development and relational functioning of children and families with an appreciation of socio-political contexts and its impact on children and families.