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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.

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.

2015-16 Program Calendar

Section 1:

Monday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:30 pm)
Semester 1
  • September 21, 28
  • October 5, 19, 26
  • November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • December 7, 14
  • January 4, 11
Semester 2
  • January 25
  • February 1, 8, 22, 29
  • March 7, 21, 28
  • April 4, 11, 18, 25
  • May 2

Section 2:

Friday Morning (9:15 am to 11:45 am)
Semester 1
  • September 18, 25
  • October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • November 6, 13, 20
  • December 4, 11
Semester 2
  • January 8, 15, 29
  • February 5, 12, 26
  • March 4, 11, 25
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • May 6

Apply Now

Two sections of Child and Family Therapy are offered. Both sections begin in September 2015 and conclude in May 2016. Click on a link below to apply to a section of choice:

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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