Opening of the Koslow Center for Marriage and Family Therapy Creates Flurry of Activity for MFT Department

Submitted by JessicaW on April 12, 2011

The Bensonians a cappella group sang to an enthusiastic audience of onlookers as all waited under a white tent for the dedication and opening of the Kathryn P. Koslow Center for Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) on the afternoon of April 8th. The Koslow Center in Southwell Hall may be the oldest building on campus, but it contains the newest state-of-the-art technology and houses a new training facility for Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students thanks to recent renovations. These renovations were made possible by a generous donation given by Kathryn P. Koslow’05, a member of the GSEAP and Marriage and Family Therapy Advisory Boards.

Fairfield University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., led the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was followed by an open house and reception. As Southwell Hall is located next to Fairfield’s Early Learning Center, Fr. Von Arx laughingly stated that once families come through the new program, maybe the early childcare facility could have more young members. The light-hearted and excited mood shared by everyone in attendance was also shared by speakers Rev. Paul Fitzgerald, S.J., Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rev. Charles H. Allen, S.J., Executive Assistant to the President, Fr. Von Arx, Susan D. Franzosa, Ph.D., Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions and Kathryn P. Koslow herself. Koslow called Fairfield University her “second home” and spoke about how grateful she is for the entirety of her experiences while here. Her vision for the Marriage and Family Therapy Center began 3 years ago and has finally become a reality.

The renovations of Southwell Hall include:

  • Rooms especially focused towards children’s play therapy
  • Rooms with two-way mirrors to allow graduate students to observe therapy sessions
  • A computer workstation where students can host interviews and keep records
  • A seminar room where groups can discuss and collaborate

The Koslow Center is helping to enlarge the MFT program that has been a part of Fairfield’s education since 1985 and has graduated more than 350 students. According to Dean Franzosa, it is 1 of 5 accredited MFT programs in the state. Under the supervision of professional faculty and supervisors, advanced graduate candidates provide clinical mental health services to individuals, couples, and families from the greater Fairfield community.

Kathryn P. Koslow’s donation has helped to make this Center a reality for numerous families from Fairfield, Bridgeport, Greenwich, and surrounding areas in need of mental health counseling. The Center will operate 7 days a week and does everything it can to ensure services to families regardless of their ability to pay. This therapy center is one of the most important locations on campus because it provides help for those in need, working to keep families together and their bonds strong.

The official opening for the Koslow Center is also getting attention from campus and local newspapers, producing a steady stream of interest from the greater Fairfield community:

In addition to the activity surrounding the Koslow Center, some marriage and family therapy graduates have been highlighted on campus. The Fairfield University Magazine recently published an article about Loren Smith ‘08 and Michael Becker ’10 and their integration of the MFT degree and their divorce mediation practices.

  • To learn more about Loren and Michael, click here.
  • To learn more about the Koslow Center, click here.
  • To learn more about Fairfield’s MFT program, click here.

Tiny URL for this post: http://tinyurl.com/7cnop94