Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage & Family Therapy

The Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy is for professionals who want to grow professionally and personally to enhance their life’s work serving families and individuals.

Since the program is at the post-graduate level, it's designed for professionals with master’s degrees in counseling, family therapy, and related fields.

The course work meets all academic requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in most states, but students typically need to complete additional supervised clinical practice and licensing examinations to obtain an actual license. 

Course Work

Students take courses through the residential daytime program at the St. Paul campus.

Program completion time ranges from 9 months to 3 years, depending on previously completed course work and desired pace. Students earn up to 45 credits through marriage and family therapy courses, formation courses, and supervised clinical experience.

On average, students take 5-6 courses although some students choose to complete more depending on their interests and experience.

Sample courses include:

Foundations of Marriage and Family Studies

Examine the historical development, theoretical foundations, and theological issues related to the study and practice of marriage and family therapy.

Dynamics of Family Interaction

Analyze dynamic processes of family and couple relationships such as love, intimacy, communication, shame, power, family stress, and coping. Explore family changes such as divorce, remarriage, and grief.

Marriage and Family Therapy

Review and critique major approaches to family therapy and practice these methods in class. Examine the place of marriage and family therapy in pastoral care and begin to develop a unique approach to working with families.

Marriage and Family Assessment and Diagnosis

Learn about various personality and relationship assessment tools. Use your own profile to identify opportunities for continuing spiritual, personal, and relational growth.

Advanced Clinical Issues

Develop therapeutic and pastoral care strategies to address issues such as separation and divorce, single-parent and remarried families, infertility, adultery, sexual dysfunction, abuse and violence in the family, and addictive and compulsive behaviors.

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