Advanced Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy Offered at Amherst Campus

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October 18, 2011 - 4:30pm

The New York State Education Department has approved Medaille College’s advanced certificate in marriage and family therapy (MFT), that will fulfill the education requirement for license eligibility in that field for qualified students.

The advanced certificate prepares professionals who already have a graduate degree in a license-eligible field, such as social work, mental health counseling, psychiatry or psychology, to work with couples and families in a variety of settings.

“We have developed this program with input from Western New York practitioners and mental health agencies that have identified a growing need for qualified licensed marriage and family therapists in the region,” said Sigrid Pechenik, PsyD, acting program director. “By the time participants complete the program, they will have research-based clinical knowledge of family, group, couples and individual therapy techniques, and a thorough understanding of professional, legal and ethical issues in this field.”

In this one-year, 27-credit program, students take a fixed sequence of six courses and complete a 500-hour practicum working exclusively with couples and families. Graduates have up to two years to fulfill the 1,500-hour New York State experience requirement, and must pass a national qualifying exam to be eligible for licensure.

The advanced certificate in marriage and family therapy program is currently accepting applications for spring 2012 enrollment; a second cohort will be accepted for fall 2012. Classes will be held at Medaille College’s Amherst Campus in Williamsville.

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