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The Graduate Certificate in Couple and Family Counselling Studies is the only program of its kind in Alberta!
Gain key mental health-care knowledge and skills for relationships
Enhance your practice or pursue further education
Build a foundation in the growing family and couple counselling profession
Suitable for a range of social- and health-services fields
Flexible online, part-time study
Note: This program is open to Canadian applicants only for Fall 2023
Why pursue a graduate certificate?
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Benefits of this graduate certificate
- Take courses online, part-time
- Earn a graduate-level credential without commitment to a master’s program
- Deepen your knowledge and skills in this field
- Explore the subject matter from a variety of disciplines
1. Have a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from a recognized degree-granting institution with a major in a health-, counselling-, or social services-related field.
2. Have a minimum admission GPA of 3.0 calculated on the terms containing the last 20 graded university courses (60.0 credit hours).
Additional background (recommended):
- Completion of a 3.0 credit hour undergraduate course in counselling/communication skills
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Courses (12.0 credit hours)
Fall Term | Couple and Family Counselling Studies 5000: Theories and Concepts in Couple and Family Therapy (3.0 credit hours)
Spring Term | Couple and Family Counselling Studies 5100: Practical Applications of Couple and Family Concepts with Ethical Considerations (3.0 credit hours)
Summer Session 1 | Couple and Family Counselling Studies 5200: Working with Couples and Parents (3.0 credit hours)
Summer Session 2 | Couple and Family Counselling Studies 5300: Systemic Stress and the Family: Adaptation and Dysfunction (3.0 credit hours)
- Demonstrate a solid understanding of systemic theories, contemporary therapy models, and concepts of family dynamics that inform couple and family therapy practices.
- Apply systemic couple and family concepts to enhance existing counselling skills and to expand one’s knowledge of self within a relational context.
- Examine communication and intergenerational patterns that promote couple and parent-child relationships.
- Assess the challenges for family functioning using a life course and ecological-systemic perspective.
- Conduct decision-making based on relevant ethical principles and considerations when working with couples and families.
- Conceptualize addiction and mental health using a couple and family therapy lens.
Most couple, marriage and family counsellors have a master's degree or higher in marriage and family therapy, social work, psychology or a related discipline
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Frequently asked questions
What is the weekly time commitment for Couple & Family Counselling Studies classes?
Classes in Couple & Family Counselling Studies, which include lecture and group learning sessions, are three hours per week for 12 weeks. Classes are delivered online.
Are courses only offered in the Fall and Spring terms?
We offer Couple & Family Counselling Studies year round, in the Fall, Spring, Summer I (May-June) and Summer II (July-Aug) terms
Are the classes asynchronous online or synchronous online?
Couple & Family Counselling Studies classes are synchronous online, meaning you attend online at specific, pre-scheduled times. This is not a self-paced course.
What is the format for program evaluation? Is it an exam for each course, or a culminating project?
Couple & Family Counselling Studies students are evaluated with quizzes and essays.