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.
To promote the delivery of strength-based, context- sensitive, developmentally-informed mental health training which builds on and supports the emotionally-sustaining relationships of children, adolescents, adults and their families.