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Overview

Courses in the Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies cover the theory, concepts, and approaches of couple and family therapy practice.

These courses introduce the major theories and central concepts that form the foundations of couple, family and marriage therapy. They focus on the historical development of systemic therapy and introduce several models of therapy, such as: Cognitive-Behavioural, Experiential, Bowenian, Contextual, Structural, Strategic and many other models. A comparative analysis of the various models assists students in placing the various therapy tools into an integrated framework.

These are interactive courses that 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. Participants should anticipate that many discussions and interactive methods will require reflection and sharing from personal experience with class members and the instructor.

About the Certificate

The Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies program:

  • Recognizes completion of 3 core and 3 elective courses within a 5-year period
  • Each of the courses are aligned with one of the five AAMFT categories of Educational Development, including 1) Studies; 2) Therapy; 3) Human Development; 4) Professional Ethics; and 5) Research
  • Students must achieve a passing grade of 70% in all courses to earn the certificate
  • Up to a maximum of 2 courses may be taken outside of the certificate program for consideration as credit transfers
  • Classes are typically held over a series of five full days (8 hours a day)
  • All courses are taught at the graduate level and students must earn 70% in each course to earn the certificate
  • Attendance is expected to all the scheduled classes. If you anticipate missing greater than 10% of class contact time, it is expected that you will make arrangements with the instructor to confirm how you intend to cover the missed material
  • Completion of the certificate program does not imply clinical competence, nor does it ensure acceptance as a Clinical Fellow of the AAMFT
  • Completion of the certificate program courses does not 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will:

  • 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 their practice

Program Requirements

Certificate applicants must hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a related field.

Upon successful completion of the six courses, you must submit the Certificate Request Form to Open Learning and Educational Support. To qualify, each course must be at a grade of 70% or higher. For courses to be considered as a pass for the AAMFT Clinical Fellow, the final grade must be a minimum of 75%. Students may re-submit one assignment per course for re-assessment and grading if not satisfied with the grade ($75.00 fee applies).

Careers

The Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies program provides an opportunity for students to:

  • Take one or more courses for professional development, or complete the 6 courses (3 core courses; 3 electives courses) required for the certificate
  • If you are not yet a practitioner, explore a new career field and gain practical skills
  • If you are a current practitioner, acquire specialization in Couple and Family Therapy to enhance your current practice
  • As a seasoned professional, keep abreast of key topics, approaches, and methods in therapy
  • Network with other professionals in your field
  • Work towards the requirements for AAMFT / OAMFT Clinical membership

Additional Information

If you would like additional information on this certificate, please email our main office or phone us at 519-767-5000. See the program schedule for a list of upcoming courses.

Sponsoring Partners

The certificate program is offered jointly by the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) and the University of Guelph, Open Learning and Educational Support (OpenEd).

CFTS Online

OpenEd is currently investigating the feasibility of offering a fully-online Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Studies. Sign up to express interest and receive important information about this potential new program.