Further Your Counseling Career With a Post-Master of Science Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate
Couples and family therapy can be a fulfilling specialization in the counseling and behavioral health fields. You can enhance your counseling skills and focus your career on this specialization by earning your marriage and family therapy certificate. The Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate program at Grand Canyon University (GCU) is designed to further the professional growth of individuals who hold a master’s degree or doctorate in a related field.
The marriage counseling certificate online and evening program is offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It provides an intensive survey of couples and family-related issues, including premarital counseling, domestic violence, divorce, family reunification and the integration of returning veterans. You will have opportunities to think critically about the evolving perspectives of family over time, and about the biopsychosocial perspectives of family and family systems.
Course Topics in a Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate Program
Emerge from this post-MS counseling certificate in marriage and family therapy program with a more in-depth understanding of family systems, family roles and the issues that may impact healthy relationships among couples and families.
GCU is pleased to make higher education accessible to working professionals. You can earn your marriage counseling certificate online in a collaborative and interactive learning environment. You can benefit from lively discussions with peers who present a diverse range of perspectives and connect with qualified instructors who are experts in their fields. A total of 15 credits are required for completion. Marriage counseling certificate online courses are eight weeks in length.
You will study the following topics:
- The role, value and benefits of family systems therapy
- The historical and theoretical perspectives of couples and family dynamics
- The dynamic processes of diverse family systems
- How substance use and addictive disorders impact the family structure
Career Opportunities With a Post-MS Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy
As a working professional who has a background in counseling or behavioral health, you could sharpen your skills and be better equipped to serve couples and families with this Post-Master of Science in Counseling: Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate. Marriage and family therapy professionals are compassionate and empathetic individuals who are skilled at building rapport with couples and families, and creating a non-judgmental therapeutic environment.
Individuals who are licensed and trained to practice in marriage and family therapy often work with a diverse client list, including:
- Individuals (children, adolescents and adults)
- Traditional and nontraditional family units
Depending on their areas of focus, they may also work in a variety of settings. These may include private offices, community-based organizations, social service agencies and Christian organizations.
Marriage and Family Therapy Certification FAQs
Read answers to common questions about the marriage and family therapy certificate program. For more specific questions or to learn more about GCU’s certificate program, complete the “get started” form on this page.
1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Marriage and Family Therapists, retrieved on March 9, 2023.
2 Retrieved from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Marriage and Family Therapists Work Environment, in Sept. 2022
3 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(“BLS”), Marriage and Family Therapists as of May 2021, retrieved on Dec. 6, 2022. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as marriage and family therapists. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.
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