Courses in the Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies cover the theory, concepts and approaches of couple and family therapy practice.
The courses introduce the major theories and central concepts that form the foundations of couple, family and marriage therapy and focus on the historical development of systemic therapy. Several models of therapy are introduced, such as Cognitive-Behavioural, Experiential, Bowenian, Contextual, Structural, and Strategic. A comparative analysis of the different models will assist you in placing the various therapy tools into an integrated framework.
Interactive courses use a variety of teaching and learning processes—including exercises, role-plays, assignments, research papers, group work and discussion—in order to effectively translate theories into practical methods for contemporary therapists. You should anticipate that many discussions and interactive methods will require reflection and sharing from personal experience with class members and the instructor.
With a total of six courses to complete, you will stay up to date with key topics, approaches, and methods in therapy.
Upon successful completion of this program, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding and knowledge of the major theories and central concepts that form the foundations of couple, family, and marriage therapy
- Demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast therapy models such as Cognitive-Behavioural, Experiential, Bowenian, Contextual, Structural, and Strategic, as well as the historical development of systemic theory
- Implement practices and various therapy tools into an integrated framework in your practice
The Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies program provides an opportunity to:
- Take one or more courses for professional development, or complete the six courses (three core and three electives courses) required for the certificate
- Explore a new career field and gain practical skills, if you are not yet a practitioner
- Acquire specialization in couple and family therapy to enhance your current practice, if you are a current practitioner
- Keep abreast of key topics, approaches, and methods in therapy, as a seasoned professional
- Network with other professionals in your field
- Work towards requirements for CAMFT membership or AAMFT membership
The certificate requires the completion of three core and three elective courses within a five-year period. All courses are taught at the graduate level. Classes are typically scheduled as intensives, with four ten-hour days of classes for a total of 36 hours of instruction per course. Students must achieve a passing grade of 70% in all courses to earn the certificate. Please note that some organizations (e.g., AAMFT) require a minimum of a 75% final grade per course. Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled classes. If you anticipate missing more than 10% of class time, contact the program manager.
Completion of the certificate program does not imply clinical competence, nor does it imply acceptance or course equivalency in the graduate program in couple and family therapy offered by the Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition, University of Guelph.
Advanced certificate applicants must hold a minimum of an undergraduate degree. Applicants are required to have their graduating institution send an official transcript to OpenEd, documenting the successful completion of their highest level of education and credential received (eg. BA, MSW). Due to COVID-19, transcripts should be sent electronically to OpenEd, rather than mailed. Please direct all transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org. Course registration closes three days prior to the course start date.
A maximum of two credit transfers may be granted to those who have successfully completed graduate-level courses equal to the CFTS course offerings. As part of the discernment, applicants may be required to provide course outline(s).
Course availability changes each semester. It is recommended you submit notification requests for each course in the program to be informed when registration opens.
Complete 3 required courses and 3 elective courses. Request your parchment through the OpenEd Student Portal once all requirements are met. You must receive a passing grade of 70% or more for each course. (Note that some organizations like AAMFT require a minimum of 75% final grade per course.)
Within a five-year period.
The price per course is currently $895. Course prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed. The total cost of the program may vary depending on available discounts* and the length of time to completion.
*There are early bird and alumni tuition discounts available for this program.
If you would like additional information about this program, please contact our Main Office.