Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate
The Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire specialized training in marriage and family therapy and possess at least a Master’s degree in counseling or a related field.
The MFT Certificate will appeal to licensed clinical social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, and advanced registered nurse practitioners desiring dual licensure as marital and family therapists. The curriculum provides the family counseling training that guidance counselors need to deal most effectively with the family issues of their students and their parents and siblings. The MFT certificate allows those with graduate degrees in other disciplines, such as Pastoral Counseling and Human Resources, to specialize in an area of interest to them. Counselors with family therapy training are increasingly needed in the areas of juvenile justice, early childhood development, pastoral care, and employee assistance.
The Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy consists of six marriage and family therapy specialization courses, including one field placement in a marriage and family therapy setting.
St. Thomas University offers the following eighteen (18) credit hours (six courses):
CPS 740 Introduction to Family Therapy and Evaluation
CPS 741 Transitions in Family Life
CPS 742 Intermediate Family Therapy
CPS 743 Therapeutic Issues of Counseling Couples
CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling
CPS 792 Field Experience in Marriage and Family Therapy
A minimum of two courses must be completed before beginning field work. A maximum of one course is allowed for transfer credit, with the approval of the academic advisor. Students must pass a capstone exam assessing their specialized knowledge and skills.
Admissions and academic requirements are: the appropriate graduate degree, 3.0 or higher GPA in graduate course work, two letters of recommendation, and recommendation after an interview by a MFT faculty member.