2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Nov 30, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child Therapy, CAS

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Dyane Watson, Department Chair and Professor of Practice
Department of Marriage and Family Therapy


The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Therapy is available for graduate students, clinicians, mental health professionals, and practitioners from allied disciplines who intend to expand their knowledge and skills in clinical practice with children and their families or caregivers. The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Therapy addresses the critical shortage of mental health professionals who are trained to address the needs of children, adolescents and their families.


The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Child Therapy is restricted to baccalaureate prepared licensed/certified professionals, and students currently enrolled in master’s level licensure qualifying programs. GRE’s are not required. Psychopathology (or its equivalent) is required for completion of the Child Therapy CAS. Because Psychopathology is a required course in the SWK, MFT and MHC master’s degree programs, it is not listed as a course in the Child Therapy CAS.  However, applicants who previously completed a master’s degree, and did not have Psychopathology in their course of study, must take a Psychopathology course in addition to the required 12 credits in the CAS. Completion of the Advanced Certificate in Child Therapy program alone does not qualify an individual for licensure as a social worker, marriage and family therapist, or any other profession licensed under Title VIII of the Education Law, nor does it authorize a certificate holder to engage in those scope-restricted professions.

Eligibility requirement: To be awarded a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS), a student must be matriculated in the certificate program for at least one semester.  Matriculation may not be backdated.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply principles of child development; human sexuality; gender development; and family development and processes, especially in the context of trauma

2. Evaluate which models, modalities, and/or techniques are most effective for presenting problems with children, including children and families with trauma

3. Explain a variety of individual and systemic therapeutic models and their application, including evidence-based therapies and culturally sensitive approaches for working with children and families, including trauma- related approaches to treatment

4. Deliver interventions in a way that is sensitive to special needs of clients (e.g., gender, age, socioeconomic status, culture/race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, personal history, larger systems issues of the client)

Transfer Credit:

A maximum of three credits from a combination of transfer and/or external examinations/extra-institutional and experiential learning will be accepted toward a C.A.S.

Part-time Study:

Part-time study is allowed.

Satisfactory Progress:

Students must complete each course with a grade of B- or better and an overall GPA of 3.00 or better.

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