Post Master's Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

The Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate (MFT) program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who desire specialized training in marriage and family therapy and possess at least a Masters degree in counseling or a related field.
The MFT certificate will appear to licensed clinical social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, and advanced registered nurse practitioners who have a desire to pursue dual licensure as marriage and family therapists. The curriculum also provides the family counseling training that guidance counselors need to deal most effectively with the family and relational problems of their students, 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 programs.

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For questions, contact Cindy Silitsky, Program Director, at 305-628-6907

Career Opportunities

The certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed for clinical social workers, mental health counselors, psychologists, and advanced registered nurse practitioners who wish to pursue dual licensure as marital and family therapists, as well as for those individuals otherwise employed in the counseling field and those qualified to do so because of a previously earned Master’s degree in counseling or a related specialization.

Curriculum (Course Sampling)

CPS 743 Theory and Practice of Counseling Couples
Examines the roles, expectations, needs, patterns of intimacy, and communication patterns of marital, non-marital, and divorcing dyads. Theoretical models and practical methods are presented and practiced.

CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling
Explores human sexuality in contemporary society. Students review anatomy and physiology of sexuality, psychosexual development and normal and abnormal sexual response and function. Treatment of sexual dysfunction is overviewed with emphasis on assessment and appropriate referral.


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Course Requirements

Eighteen (18) credit hours:

CPS 740 Introduction to Family Therapy and Evaluation (3)
CPS 741 Transitions in Family Life (3)
CPS 742 Intermediate Family Therapy (3)
CPS 743 Theory and Practice of Counseling Couples (3)
CPS 746 Human Sexuality Counseling (3)
CPS 792 Field Experience (3)