Certificate in Couple and Family Relational Systems

Program Length 15 credit hours


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Concordia University Chicago's certificate in couple and family relational systems is a 15 semester-hour certificate is designed especially for those already practicing as helping professionals or pursing a graduate degree in counseling, human services or church professional programs (clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, human services and human services administration, psychology, gerontology or Christian education).  The internship provides the student with an opportunity to pursue a specific area of interest in couple and family relationship systems under the supervision of both a site supervisor and university supervision.


Family Systems Theory and Therapy

Psychotherapy from a systems perspective focusing on the competencies, cognitions, and skills to developing the orientation of a family systems counselor. Strategic and systems theories of family therapy are examined in light of multicultural and ethical issues. Family systems counseling techniques and interventions are described and demonstrated including crisis interventions, multicultural and multigenerational considerations related to the family life cycle.

Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions

An analysis of ethical, legal and professional concerns in the human services field, with special emphasis on developing an ethical decision making framework.

Marital and Family Counseling

Principles and concepts in marital and family counseling; specific strategies and techniques in the interview process. Examination of ethical issues and relevant research in the field.

Internship in Human Services or Internship in Community Counseling

Supervised experience (300 clock hours) in a community counseling or human services agency. Site to be approved by Concordia‐Chicago prior to semester. On‐campus classroom component required. Consult internship manual for further information.


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