Counseling Couples and Families

Regis University’s post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed for counseling professionals who desire to specialize in counseling couples and families.
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Marriage and Family Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate

Degree Overview

Offered at Regis University’s North Denver (Lowell) and Colorado Springs campuses, the post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) coursework is primarily intended for professionals in the community with a master’s degree in counseling and/or those who practice as therapists in Colorado (Registered Psychotherapists with a master’s degree, licensed professional counselors, licensed psychologists or licensed clinical social workers).

Current graduate students in the Master of Arts in Counseling program may also be admitted to the MFT certificate program concurrently during their master’s degree coursework. The MFT certificate will not be awarded to current students until the semester following graduation from the MAC 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.

Marriage and Family Therapy Certificate

MFT 610 - Theories of Family Therapy

Explores the historical development of theories of family therapy which have grown out of the paradigmatic shift from focusing on the individual to focusing on the influences of the family system and larger social contexts. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

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 665 - Gender Dev & Sexuality in Counseling

Explores the physical, psychological, social, cultural, and ethical aspects of human sexuality and gender development. Male and female gender roles, sexual expression, sexual misconceptions, variations in gendered or sexual behavior, and common sexual and relationship concerns are applied to theories and techniques of sexuality counseling. NOTE: MACP Program students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*635;

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;

MFT 690 - Practicum: Practice of Family Therapy

Focuses upon the practice and techniques of various systemic approaches used to treat clients in therapy. Students will employ Multi-Generational, Experiential (Satir), Structural, Strategic, or Solution-focused therapies in videotaped therapeutic work with clients.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MCPY*668 MFT*667 MFT*665 MFT*650 MFT*660;

MFT 699A - Supervised MFT Internship A

Clinical supervision of individual, couple and family counseling which focuses on the principles and practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. NOTE: Graduate counseling students only.

Pre-requisite: TAKE MFT*690;

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
Marriage & Family Therapy Post-Graduate Certificate $10,800 18 $600 $75