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GSSWGraduate School of Social Work

Couples & Family Therapy Certificate

About the certificate program

You may begin work toward the Couples and Family Therapy Certificate as part of your concentration curriculum through a cooperative program with the Denver Family Institute. The program provides you with:

  • advanced learning, and direct clinical training and practice with families, couples and individuals;
  • state-of-the-art, hands-on training with master practitioners and family therapy trainers, helping you to become a skilled practitioner;
  • the opportunity to develop a clinical specialty, thus facilitating your social work employment opportunities and career preparation; and
  • clinical supervision (live and video) for licensure, and the opportunity for dual licensure in both social work, and marriage and family therapy.

You'll take 10 quarter hours of coursework at the Denver Family Institute, completing your first year of work toward the certificate while still at GSSW. After obtaining your MSW, you'll complete an additional year of coursework, two years of post-master's degree supervision requirements and 500 clinical contact hours.

NOTE: Additional fees are required for this certificate.

About the Denver Family Institute

The Denver Family Institute is accredited by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and offers the Rocky Mountain region's most extensive training in marriage and family therapy. Most supervisors are both Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and AAMFT approved. Classes at the Institute are held in the evening, and every effort is made to accommodate your class and employment schedules.

Learn more

For more information, contact Clinical Associate Professor Stephen von Merz, Couples and Family Therapy Certificate program liaison.