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At a Glance: Marital, Couple and Family Counseling Graduate Certificate

A post-graduate professional development program

Can this marriage be saved? How can families renew loving relationships after encountering challenges and trauma? Whether you are working with individuals, families or couples, relationships are complicated. Patterns, roles, mental health, and stages of development all contribute to the dynamics of successful bonding or dissuolution.

Counselors and therapists who work in this challenging field use assessment, understanding and solution-based tools to help individuals and couples with successful treatment.

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Program benefits

As a member of this program, you will:

  • Focus on treating couples and families
  • Learn a systems approach to therapy
  • Strengthen your practice with additional tools

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate of completion and may be able to use these 21 credits toward state licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Who is this for?

This program is intended for

  • Post-graduate mental health professionals wanting to re-specialize
  • Students working toward a PSU master's in counseling

Program format

  • Face-to-face on campus classes
  • 21 required credits
  • May be used as part of the PSU master's in counseling program

Get started

Getting started in the Marital, Couple and Family Counseling Graduate Certificate program requires graduate admission. You will need a master's degree or you need to be already enrolled in a master's program in counseling or a related field. Follow these steps to gain admission.

  1. Attend an information session or work with an advisor
  2. Have a GPA of 3.0 in graduate credits
  3. Have three years of experience in human services or strong academic credentials or background in human services
  4. Apply for graduate admission

Contact

Susan Halverson-Westerberg
Associate Professor
halvers@pdx.edu
503-725-4619
1-800-547-8887 ext 58106

Patrick Johnson
Counselor Education Department Chair
johnsonp@pdx.edu
503-725-9764
1-800-547-8887 ext 59764
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