Therapy with Military Families

Post-Master's Certificate
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The Therapy with Military Families post-master’s certificate program was created for mental health professionals who have an interest and commitment to taking on the unique challenges in working with the brave men and women who serve our country in the armed forces. Military personnel and their families are greatly impacted by the dynamics and effects of military service and this program help prepare you to serve this particular group.

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

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Course Description


Dynamics of Military Families

This doctoral-level course focuses on the characteristics of the military family that distinguish it as a separate cultural entity. Emphasis will be placed on factors that make military life particularly difficult. Individual, family, and societal factors that contribute to and/or mitigate those problems will be explored.


Family Therapy in the Military

This doctoral-level course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of common clinical issues facing military service members and their families. Special attention will be paid to the role of combat stress, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other factors or issues associated with or even potentially resulting from combat.


Assessing and Treating Family Violence

This graduate level course examines family violence and the most effective way to address the consequences of it, including how to treat families that are affected by it. Theory and research will be explored related to definitions, causes, and characteristics of affected families (financial stress/poverty, social stress and the consequences of family violence. The types and targets of family violence will be explored. These include: spouse/partner, children, adolescents, college-aged adults, adults, and older adults. Violence among those in special populations will be included (e.g., same sex couples, rural families, disabled individuals, cross-cultural families, and military families). Students will learn about the importance of completing a thorough and comprehensive assessment of family violence, including an examination of resilience or family strengths as applied to this topic. Finally, the course will prepare students to intervene with families impacted by violence. Information regarding individual, couple, family, and group interventions will be included in the course. Awareness of cultural and ethical considerations will be included throughout the course.


Family Systems Approaches to Addiction

This course provides an overview of family systems approaches to addiction. Course material addresses addiction with respect to etiology, intervention, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment from a family systems perspective. In addition, the course explores how multicultural systemic issues influence family systems approaches to dealing with addictions.


Emotional Focused Couples Therapy

This doctoral level course will familiarize students with the concepts, theory, and application of emotion-focused couple therapy. Emphasis will be placed on the role attachment and attachment injuries play in couple interaction and how interactional cycles of the relationship are impacted by individual fears, unmet needs, and trauma.


Treating Infidelity and Sex Addiction

This course will examine the individual, family, and societal issues pertaining to infidelity and sex addiction. Specific methods of assessment and treatment will be studied. In addition, attention will be given to the effects of the internet on infidelity and sex addiction.

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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