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Counseling Children and Adolescents

Post-Graduate Certificate

Specialize in counseling youth. 

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.

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 six courses offered on weekends in intensive formats to accommodate work schedules and allow students to complete the coursework within one calendar year.

Program Snapshot

Program Format
Online courses

Credits for Completion
18 credit hours

Cost of Tuition
$695 per credit hour

Sample Classes

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MCPY 670: Advanced Play Therapy: Grief, Abuse and Trauma

Explores interdisciplinary theories of creativity and expressive arts and their therapeutic practices in the use of imagery, storytelling, dance, music, dream work and visual arts.

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MCPY 677: Counseling Adolescents and Pre-Adolescents

Examines individual and systemic approaches to prevention, assessment, counseling techniques, and consultation skills that pertain to pre-adolescents and adolescents ages 11-18.

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MCPY 679: Sandtray in Play Therapy

Introduces the use of Sandtray techniques for use with individuals and families through the exploration of theory, applications, stages, and ethical issues.

Program Details

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How to Apply

To apply to the Counseling Children and Adolescents post-graduate certificate program, you will need: 

  • Completed master's degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Psychology, Social Work or a closely related clinical field from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university
  • Completion of a clinical internship within the master's degree with a minimum of 600 supervised clinical hours
  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts 
  • Current resume
  • Admissions essay
  • Two recommendation forms
  • Criminal background check

The first step in the application process is to contact an admissions counselor, who can evaluate your prior learning credit, provide information regarding financial aid and tuition assistance and help you through the entire application process. 

Tuition and Fees

Program tuition: $695 per credit hour
Total program credits: 18
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.

Regis also offers a variety of scholarships, grants and other programs to help you pay for school. Visit Financial Aid for more information.

Rolling Admissions

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. It is recommended you apply to this program at least 4 weeks prior to your desired start date.

Starts are offered in January, May, and August.