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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Marriage and Family Therapy Dual Licensure

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Program Overview

NU’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Marriage and Family Sciences specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy Dual Licensure prepares you with skills beyond the bachelor’s degree level to help you stand out in the field helping professions, and complete the additional course work needed to add the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) license to your Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist certificate credential. This certificate requires only 12 credits to complete, many of which correspond with courses in NU’s COAMFTE-accredited Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program. If you decide to prep for MFT licensure at NU, these courses may be applied for transfer credit.

Throughout this certificate program, you’ll explore topics such as group therapy, career counseling, psychological tests and measurements, and theories of psychotherapy and counseling.


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Course Details

Course Info

  • Quarter Units: 12
  • Courses: 4
  • Estimate time to complete: 12 months

*Credit hours and courses reflect new students meeting credit requirements and utilizing no transfer credits. Est. Time of Completion reflects new students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for the program.

Dual Licensure

Students seeking this certificate are required to complete the four courses listed below.

Course Name

This course focuses on the theory and skills needed to provide basic career and lifestyle counseling. During this course, students will explore the importance of careers and lifestyle from a developmental point of view. Research and measurement, which are key to career counseling, will also be evaluated, as well as various career counseling strategies and ethics required in this field. The students will have the opportunity, using scenarios and pilot proposals to exercise skills in career counseling.

Group work, including group counseling, group therapy, and other type of change-oriented groups, involves special dynamics and processes and requires specific leader behaviors and characteristics. In this course, the student will examine, apply, and analyze these factors of group work. Videotapes of group therapy sessions conducted by expert and beginning therapists will form a basis for learning.

This course examines major research in the social psychology of groups. Topics such as group dynamics, formation, structure, performance, leadership, conflict, intergroup relations, and change, will be addressed and analyzed. Please note that this is not a clinical course, and does not address the therapeutic functioning and conduct of groups.

This course provides students with a fundamental background in assessment and measurement as well as the ability to evaluate the psychometric strengths and weaknesses of individual psychological tests and measurements, using both conceptual and applied. This course focuses on psychometric principles (e.g. validity and reliability), test and items analysis, test construction, and applications of psychological testing in a wide variety of settings.

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Marriage and Family Sciences — Marriage and Family Therapy Dual Licensure Specialization Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the theory and skills needed to provide basic career and lifestyle counseling
  • Explore the importance of careers and lifestyle from a developmental point of view
  • Exercise skills in a career counseling setting
  • Examine, apply, and analyze group work factors
  • Develop the ability to evaluate the psychometric strengths and weaknesses of individual psychological tests and measurements, using both conceptual and applied techniques


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Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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