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Family Psychology Certificate - Post-M.A.

The Family Therapy, Post-MA Certificate (LMFT) is designed for those students possessing a M.A. degree in a mental health field and who want to obtain further education and training on working with diverse couples and families. This program (18 credits) meets the educational and internship requirements for licensure* as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Students take courses in family dynamics, development, counseling and couple’s counseling and are required to complete a Marriage and Family internship.

A student in the Family Psychology Certificate – Post M.A. program is:

  • Instructed by core and adjunct faculty who practice in the field of mental health
  • Able to develop a flexible plan of study taking evening and weekend courses
  • Connected to a strong network of diverse students, faculty and alumni
*While the course work in the Family Psychology Certificate – Post MA is consistent with material tested on state and national licensing exams, applicants are strongly encouraged to research the field and be aware of licensing requirements and employment options.

What you can earn

  • Certificate


Where you'll learn

  • On-campus (Minneapolis)




When you can start

  • Rolling admissions

Questions about this program

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Laurie Dupont

Department Assistant



Program Details

For the Post-M.A. Certificate

An introductory-level course in marriage and family living. The course covers, but is not limited to, the following areas: family social trends, demographic data, stages of family development, characteristics of healthy families, sibling-position models of family development and of marital patterns, and varying conceptual models of family counseling. In most settings, the instructor utilizes a combination of lecture, videotape presentations and small-group discussions.

Theory and research relating to marriage and family development, including family history, transgenerational family models, and developmental patterns involved with marriage and family growth. Prerequisite: CPSY 650

Theory and techniques of marital therapy, including dysfunctional communication patterns, pathological marriage patterns, factors in marital selection, marital stress, behavioral approaches to marital therapy, family systems approaches to marital therapy, and psychoanalytic approaches to marital therapy. Prerequisite: CPSY 650

Advanced family assessment, communications and systems approaches to family problem identification. Compare and contrast various family theories in terms of problem identification. Understanding of philosophical orientation and research underlying family psychology.  Prerequisite: CPSY 650

Understanding theory and research in current family systems models of intervention. Family systems approaches to problem solution utilizing these theories. Prerequisite:  CPSY 650 & 653

Supervised clinical experience in marriage and family counseling designed to translate theory and skill development to practice. Supervision via tape, videotape, observation or case presentation methods, depending upon placement and professional ethics. Prerequisite: CPSY 650, 652, 653, 608, 609 & 610

TOTAL 18 Credits

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Tatyana Avdeyeva, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4658
MOH 445D | Opus Hall

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Timothy W. Balke, Ph. D.

Director of MA and Certificate Programs Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4641
MOH 445J, Opus Hall

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Jean M. Birbilis, Ph.D., L.P., B.C.B.

Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4654
MOH 451D | Opus Hall

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James P. Burns, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4653
MOH 451A | Opus Hall

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Consuelo Cavalieri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4678
MOH 451C | Opus Hall

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Kerry D. Frank, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4839
MOH 451B | Opus Hall

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Kurt Gehlert, Ph.D.

Associate Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4656
MOH 445F | Opus Hall

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Len Jennings, Ph.D.

Professor Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4652
MOH 445E | Opus Hall

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Nathaniel William Nelson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor | Clinical Psychologist Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4671
MOH 451C | Opus Hall

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Salina Renninger, Ph.D.

Director of Training: GSPP Doctoral Students Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4983
MOH 445K | Opus Hall

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Patricia Stankovitch, Psy.D.

Director of Psychological Services, Clinical Faculty Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4816
IPC 100 |Opus Hall

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Christopher Vye, Ph.D.

Chair Graduate School of Professional Psychology (651) 962-4666
MOH 234 | Opus Hall


Study Abroad
The Singapore J-Term study abroad course takes an existing course (CPsy 680, Diversity Issues in Counseling) and adds an intensely experiential component by traveling, living, and learning in the highly diverse, Southeast Asian country of Singapore. This exciting course consists of joint experiential learning exercises with Singaporean MA counseling students as well as site visits that illustrate the various ways mental health needs are addressed in Singapore (Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shamans, western trained psychotherapists, etc.). The opportunity to plunge into a cultural setting that is highly diverse with multiple languages (Mandarin, Malay, Tamil, and English), multiple religions (Islam, Taoism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism), and multiple ethnicities (Chinese, Malay, Indian, ex-pat) makes for an unbelievable backdrop for a course on diversity.

The Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

The Interprofessional Center offers psychological services to a diverse population of clients with mental health issues, while providing both practicum experiences and a pre-doctoral internship for graduate professional psychology students.  At the IPC, students strive to meet the needs of underserved people while gaining valuable real-world experience.  Our clients are low-income, uninsured or underinsured, individuals who often are unable to obtain psychological services if it were not for clinics like the IPC.  Services provided to clients (all free of charge) can include: individual counseling, group counseling, couples/family counseling, DBT (both skills group and therapy), psychological testing and/or psycho-education.  In addition, students may have the opportunity to periodically work on cases which are shared between Psychological Services and Social Work, Psychological Services and Law, or among all three of the disciplines at the IPC. 


Graduate Student Organization

The University of St. Thomas, Graduate School of Professional Psychology (GSPP) Graduate Student Organization (GSO) is student-led organization founded with the purpose of enhancing the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas. The GSPP GSO unites Masters and Doctoral-level graduate psychology students in the University of St. Thomas GSPP, for the purpose of professional and personal student development, the betterment of the department, and in their contributions to the field and community. The GSO strives to enhance the experiences and development of graduate psychology students within the University of St. Thomas through: representing and unifying GSPP graduate students at all levels, advancing their professional and personal interests, providing a forum for student discussion of psychology-relevant topics, and promoting graduate student participation in university and community affairs.


The Value of a St. Thomas Degree

Calculating the cost of your degree can be challenging, as every institution approaches it a bit differently. At St. Thomas, we list our tuition cost as cost per credit:

  • Each course can be 1-3 semester credits, but the standard course is 3 credits.  
  • A typical part-time student in our graduate programs takes 3-6 credits per term.
  • To view the total number of credits per program you can view the courses tab above.

It may be possible for you to receive some type of financial assistance. To learn more, please visit our Graduate Financial Aid page.

We offer our students much more than just a degree. We offer the chance to be a part of a personal and professional network like no other, which means your graduate education will enrich your life and career long into the future.


Counseling Psychology (M.A., Certificate)

On-campus Tuition (per credit) $793.50
Books and materials
(estimate per course)
One-time application fee $50

1 | Meet the basic requirements:

  • Prospective students must have completed a M.A. in Counseling Psychology or related field from a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency

2 |  Meet the supplementary requirements:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) required for any candidate whose primary language is not English.

3 |  Submit the following application materials:

  • Application form and one-time $50 application fee; no application fee required for UST alumni
  • Two letters of recommendation, addressing the candidate’s suitability. Download the Counseling Recommendation Form.
  • Official degree awarded undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unless degrees issued at UST)


Application Deadlines:

  • Rolling admissions 

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