Learning to Serve Military Families

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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)

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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. Students will learn how to approach military family’s unique stressors from a systemic perspective.

The certificate is a planned program of study which includes 18 graduate credits (six courses). This post-graduate certificate is offered online and 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. Military Chaplains and other mental health professionals within the military system will be given consideration for admissions. 

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.  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 the Post-Graduate Certificate: Counseling Military Families program at Regis University. The total post-graduate certificate requires 18 semester hours.

Counseling Military Families Certificate Requirements
Military: Family Origins and Life Cycles (3 semester hours)
Military: Addiction Counseling and Treatment (3 semester hours)
MCPY/MFT 653 Counseling Military Couples (3 semester hours)
MCPY/MFT 654 Counseling Military Families (3 semester hours)
MCPY/MFT 655 Military: Crisis, Trauma, and Loss (3 semester hours)
MCPY/MFT 656 Approaches to Trauma 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.


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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: $50.00 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.
    • 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.