Child and Adolescent Therapy

Post-Master's Certificate
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The Child and Adolescent Therapy post-master’s certificate was created for mental health professionals that wish to expand their skills in working with underserved children and adolescent populations.

Basis of Admission

A completed master's level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university.

6 Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master's Certificate.

Prerequisite: A Master's degree in any field from an accredited institution will satisfy admission requirements.

Requirement: At the end of each Post-Master's Certificate (except where noted), students will complete a final written research project, demonstrating the ability to conduct an investigation on a workplace problem, identify an area for intervention, critique, justify, and recommend a plan of preventative action.

Course Length

All courses are 12 weeks in length.

Northcentral University allows 2 years to complete all Post-Master's Certificates.

Certificate Courses - 18 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description


Play Therapy Methods

This course will focus on the history, principles, and theories of play therapy, play therapy orientations, and applications in clinical practice with a specific emphasis on conceptualizing play therapy using a system theory orientation. Methods of play therapy with individual children, adolescents, and families will be addressed.


Family Therapy with Adolescents

This course is designed to provide clinically relevant background information, theory, and therapeutic models and interventions for pertinent presenting clinical problems relevant to adolescents. Course material will address family therapy practice and be related conceptually to theory. Specific methods of therapy with adolescents and facilitating parental and family involvement will be discussed. Intervention strategies for difficult adolescents will be discussed, many of which have a common focus on working both within the family and with external systems relevant to the life of the adolescent.


Parenting Strategies

This course is focused on research and intervention with parents. The course focuses on developing competency in a variety of areas of parenting and child guidance. In particular, course content will address diverse family systems, family literacy, health and nutrition, and fostering physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development from birth through adolescence. Additionally, the course will include discussion of various techniques on how to responsibly discipline children.


Assessment and Treatment

This course will cover a survey of topics related to Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, including diagnosis, assessment, etiology, and treatment with purposeful focus on both neurobiological and systemic implications.


Advanced Theories in Marriage and Family Therapy

This course is designed to be an advanced survey of the theoretical literature related to the practice of marriage and family therapy. The course includes an integrative and critical thinking focus on systems theory, attachment theory, agentive theory, common factors and the metaframeworks perspective. Course content will be related conceptually to clinical concerns.


Dynamics of Family Interaction

This course examines the theoretical and empirical contributions to the understanding of marital and family systems. The specific focus of the course is on the processes and dynamics of interaction within these relationships. The course will include content on the history of family life, diverse family types, roles and rules in families, family problems and family health, and rituals in family life. Conceptualizations of effective functioning in marriages and families will be studied and various factors that impact marital and family systems will be addressed.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Marriage and Family Science's post-master's certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $1,048
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $3,144
  • Program cost: $19,214
  • Average Book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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