Learning to Serve Military Families

Regis University’s post-graduate certificate in Counseling Military Families is designed to offer opportunities for practicing therapists to effectively meet the mental health needs of military families across the nation and abroad. Particular opportunities are available in military dense communities such as Colorado springs.
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Counseling Military Families Post-Graduate Certificate

Degree Overview

The post-graduate certificate in Counseling Military Families (CMF) is developed to provide additional training in working with military families in the areas of secondary trauma, grief and loss, substance abuse, domestic violence, post-traumatic stress and the culture and processes associated with military life, both for the family and for the individual.

The certificate is a planned program of study which includes 18 graduate credits (six courses). Certificate course work is offered in evening or weekend intensive formats so that students may complete the course work within one calendar year. Beginning January 2014, this post-graduate certificate will be offered online.

This certificate is designed for community professionals with a master’s degree in counseling or closely related area of clinical psychotherapy who meet the requirements for admission to the certificate program.

Current graduate students in the Master of Arts in Counseling and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy programs may also be admitted to the CMF certificate program after completion of MCPY 635 Counseling Techniques I. CMF certificate courses may be taken concurrently during their master’s degree course work, with the exception of MCPY 699C Supervision Internship, which must be completed post-master’s. The CMF certificate will not be awarded to current students until the semester following graduate from the master’s degree program.

Total Credit Requirements: 18 credit hours

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Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 18.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Post-Graduate Cert. Counseling Military Families

MCPY 660/MFT 660

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Substance Abuse Treatment

MCPY 663 - Counseling Military Families

Examines impact of military culture on family, cycle of deployment, post-deployment, and integration into the community. Special emphasis on counseling spouse and children including: secondary trauma, substance abuse, domestic violence, attachment and intimacy.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*635

MCPY 672 - Crisis, Trauma, and Loss

Examines the impact of trauma and loss on military personnel and families, survivors of natural disasters, violence, and terrorism. Emphasis on counselors immediate response, assessment and treatment protocols for recovery, trauma and addition, post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention and assessment.

MFT 650 - Family Origins and Life Cycles

An in-depth study of family life cycle including adult development. The impact of transitions such as career, marriage, divorce, and death at different stages of the family life cycle as guides to therapeutic understanding.

MFT 662 - Counseling Military Couples

Explores couple relationship dynamics within the military culture focusing on enhanced cognitive behavioral couple therapy, solution-focused therapy, EFCT, and Gottman method couple therapy. Addresses issues of TBI, PTSD, IPV, and infidelity.

MFT 667 - Couples Therapy

Provides an overview of theories of couples therapy, relational dynamics, cycles of partnering, negotiating, therapist alliance and bias. Emphasizes skills for working with couples conflict, violence, infidelity, commitment and divorce.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*635;

How to Apply

Prerequisites for Counseling Post-Graduate Academic Certificate Programs

  • Completion of a master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or a closely related clinical field from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • Completion of a clinical internship within the master’s degree—600 hours minimum supervised clinical experience within the prior master’s degree program 

Materials Needed for Application and Admission

  • Application: Completed graduate application form
  • Application fee: $75.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • Submit official degree-bearing transcript reflecting a master’s degree awarded from a U.S. regionally accredited institution. Documentation of completion of a clinical internship may be required by the admissions committee.
  • Completed admission essay
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current résumé
  • Criminal background check
  • Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens
  • Please remember: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed.

All Counseling program applicants must submit application materials to the program prior to the admission deadline to be considered for admission.

Admission Deadlines

Class Starts Application Deadline
Summer 2014 - May 5, 2014 March 28, 2014
Fall 2014 - Aug. 25, 2014 June 25, 2014
Spring 2015 - January 5, 2015 November 5, 2014
Summer 2015 - May 4, 2015 March 4, 2015

Fall 2014-Summer 2015

Tuition (per semester hour)

Program Estimated Total Program Cost Semester Hours Required Cost per Semester Hour Estimated Fees for Program
Counseling Military Families Post-Graduate Certificate $10,800 18 $600 $75