The Graduate Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy is housed within the Counselor Education Program in the College of Community Innovation and Education. The certificate program is designed to provide advanced training to students in the Counselor Education and Social Work programs and for practicing counselors and therapists working with families, couples, and children.
The Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy graduate certificate requires the completion of five graduate courses addressing family systems, working with couples and family therapy theory, and counseling techniques. For many counselors, this certificate will fulfill the academic requirements in order to apply to the Florida Department of Medical Quality Assurance for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Applicants considering this certificate program should contact their State Licensure Board to verify the courses required. The Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy Graduate Certificate program has potential ties to professional licensure or certification in the field. For more information on how this program may prepare you in that regard, please visit https://ccie.ucf.edu/cesp/counselored/programs/#ma.
As part of the program’s pragmatic approach to preparing counselors, in addition to classroom studies, all students complete clinical experiences in the UCF Community Counseling and Research Center and field-based experiences in the community. The UCF Community Counseling and Research Center serves as a hub for training and research in the program, with graduate students providing annual services to over 1,400 individuals, couples, and families in the central Florida community.
Master’s students in the School of Social Work can also obtain the Graduate Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy by taking the required courses for Social Work students, which include content about family theory and assessment and counseling with families as well as a field component. Information about Social Work courses and field courses can be obtained through the School of Social Work.
The Graduate Certificate in Marriage, Couple and Family Therapy requires 15 credit hours. The Practicum in Counselor Education (MHS 6803 ) and the Counseling Internship (MHS 6830 ) must be taken in separate semesters. Among the total hours accumulated in these clinical experiences, at least 180 hours of direct client contact must be dedicated to working with couples, families, and unmarried dyads. For Social Work students, the certificate requires 17 credit hours, enrollment in either the part-time or full-time Clinical Field Seminar is acceptable, and all coursework is specific to Social Work.
Total Credit Hours Required: 15-17 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree
Admission is open to students currently enrolled in graduate Counseling, Psychology or Social Work programs at UCF. Applicants must apply online to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
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UCF College of Graduate Studies
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