Family Psychology Certificate - Post-MA

School of Social Work graduate student Jaleeza Martin stages a counseling scene with her mentor Michelle Hall April 24, 2012

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

What you can earn

  • Certificate

Where you will learn

  • Our Minneapolis campus


When to start

  • Rolling admissions


 Post-MA Certificate

Post-MA Certificate: 18


CPSY 648   Family Dynamics
CPSY 651   Marriage & Family Development
CPSY 652   Marriage Counseling
CPSY 653   Family Counseling I
CPSY 654   Family Counseling II
CPSY 655   Marriage & Family Internship

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How to Apply

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)

Special Opportunities

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.