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Child and Family Therapy

Program Overview

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.

From the Director: Interview with Judith Siegel, PhD, LCSW

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Program Requirements

This certificate requires the completion of two semesters over one year. 27 two-and-one-half (2.5) hour sessions will be held over the course of the year. 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.

APT Approved Provider

Play Therapy Hours

Association for Play Therapy (APT Approved Provider 09-244): 36 contact hours

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

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 Contact Hours

  • 67.5 NYSED-approved Contact Hours will be awarded for this program.
New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.

This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

2016-17 Program Calendar

Section 1:

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Semester 1
  • September 12, 19, 26
  • October 10, 31
  • November 7, 14, 21
  • December 5, 12, 19
Semester 2
  • January 9, 23, 30
  • February 6, 13, 27
  • March 6, 13, 20, 27
  • April 3, 10, 24
  • May 1, 8, 15

Section 2:

Friday Morning (9:15 am to 11:45 am)
Semester 1
  • September 9, 16, 23
  • October 7, 28
  • November 4, 11, 18
  • December 2, 9, 16
Semester 2
  • January 6, 20, 27
  • February 3, 10, 24
  • March 3, 10, 24, 31
  • April 7, 14, 21, 28
  • May 5, 12

Apply Now

To apply for this program, please click on the application link below.

You will be taken to a new page and prompted to set up an application account. Once you create an application account, you will be able to begin an application for one of our certificate programs. Make sure to select the application for "Child and Family Therapy" from the list of available applications.

NOTE: If you have an NYU email address, you should not use this email address when creating the application account.

UPDATE: Applications for the 2016-2017 program are now closed. Please check back in spring of 2017 for next year's application.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Policy

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to silver.continuingeduaction@nyu.edu.

Addressing Grievances:
For information on our Grievance Policy, please click here. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.

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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