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Child and Family Therapy

Program Overview

This specialized one-year certificate program is designed to provide a comprehensive foundation in treatment of children within a family context. Participants will gain skills in understanding and working with pre-adolescent children using a range of interventions such as play therapy, age-specific therapeutic games, and art activities. At the same time, students will learn to comprehend and work with the family dynamics that frequently underlie or exacerbate a child's distress.

From the Director

Judith Siegel

“This certificate provides a comprehensive spectrum of courses for clinicians interested in expanding and deepening their understanding of work with children ages pre-school through latency. In addition to play therapy, the curriculum includes courses in child development, attachment, parenting, diagnosis of disorders of childhood, and child-focused family interventions. This course utilizes a focus on practice with children and families in a range of settings, including treatment strategies for children who have been traumatized, as well as those seen in schools and family service agencies.”


-Judith Siegel, PhD, LCSW, Director

Program Requirements

This certificate requires the completion of three trimesters over one year. Each trimester will be comprised of nine (9) two-and-one-half (2.5) hour sessions for a total of 27 class sessions. Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

There are two sections offered. Students must choose one section: Monday evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm) or Friday morning (9:15 am to 11:45 am). See the Program Calendar below for details.

Program Highlights

  • Focus on child development from infancy to age 12
  • Focus on disorders associated with trauma
  • Explore influence of family dynamics on child behavior
  • Assessing parenting skills
  • Play therapy: pre-school through preadolescent children
  • Play therapy with traumatized children

Continuing Education Units

NASW-approved CEUs: 67.5

Play Therapy Hours

Association of Play Therapy (APT Provider 09-244) approved hours: 36

2014-15 Program Calendar

Section 1:

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Trimester 1:
  • September 8, 15, 22, 29
  • October 6, 20, 27
  • November 3, 10
Trimester 2:
  • November 17, 24
  • December 1, 8, 15
  • January 5, 12, 26
  • February 2
Trimester 3:
  • February 9. 23
  • March 2, 9, 23, 30
  • April 6, 13, 20

Section 2:

Friday Morning (9:15 am to 11:45 am)
Trimester 1
  • September 5, 12, 19
  • October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • November 7
Trimester 2
  • November 14, 21, 28
  • December 5, 12, 19
  • January 9, 16, 30
Trimester 3
  • February 6, 13, 27
  • March 6, 13, 27
  • April 3, 10, 17

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What I appreciated most about this program was the bounty of real-life experience that the faculty brought to the classroom. Classroom and case discussions helped us translate those perspectives, theories, and concepts into our own work environment. This is a great program to receive a wealth of current information based on sound studies and superb applicability in a short amount of time.
- Dr. Beatrice Kraemer, Clinical Psychologist, President and Founder of Parenting At Its Best