Specialize in Counseling Children and Adolescents

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Offered on-campus, the post-graduate certificate in Counseling Children and Adolescents (CCA) is developed 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.

The Regis University Center for Family Counseling and Play Therapy is a designated Approved Center of Play Therapy Education by the Association for Play Therapy (APT). Therefore students completing the CCA certificate program meet the academic requirements for the Registered Play Therapy (RPT) national certification through the APT. The certificate is a planned program of study which includes 18-credit hours (six courses). CCA certificate courses are offered in weekends and intensive formats so that students may accommodate work schedules and complete the coursework within one calendar year.

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 CCA certificate program concurrently during their master’s degree coursework. The CCA certificate cannot be awarded to current students until the semester following graduation from the master’s degree program and completion of the certificate coursework.

Total Credit Requirements: 18 credit hours

Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate: Counseling Children and Adolescents program at Regis University. The total post-graduate certificate requires 18 semester hours.

Counseling Children and Adolescents Certificate Requirements
MCPY 668 Play in Family Therapy (3 semester hours)
MCPY 670 Advanced Play Therapy: Grief, Abuse and Trauma (3 semester hours)
MCPY 677 Counseling Pre-Adolescents and Adolescents (3 semester hours)
MCPY 678 Introduction to Play Therapy (3 semester hours)
MCPY 679 Sandtray in Play Therapy (3 semester hours)
MCPY 680
Current Trends in Play Therapy (3 semester hours)

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Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above. For further information contact the Office of Admissions at 303.458.4344.


Learn more about graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed this program and other important information regarding gainful employment for the current academic year for the Post Graduate Certificate in Counseling Children and Adolescents. 

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
  • 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.
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard
      Mail Code: P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
  • Required admission essays (instructions to upload the document are included within the online application)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current resume
  • 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.

Applicants who are offered admission to the Division of Counseling and Family Therapy must submit their response to the Office of Admissions no later than 10 business days after notification. A non-refundable deposit of $350.00 is required at the time of acceptance to guarantee a position in the program. The deposit will be applied directly to tuition.

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.