Overview of Marriage & Family Counseling Certificate
The Certificate in Marriage and Family Counseling at North Carolina A & T State University was established in 2009 in response to the increasing need for counselors trained to work with families. Grounded in family theory and principles, the certificate coursework provides an additional opportunity for students to specialize their counseling degree.
The certificate is recommended for any counselor who wishes to gain additional knowledge of issues facing couples and families, as well as unique approaches to working with this population. This work differs from clinical mental health counseling as the focus of treatment is considered the couple or family unit rather than the individual. There is also less emphasis on the internal psychology of an individual and more focus placed on systemic family functioning, family roles, and boundaries.
The Unites States Department of Labor predicts that the demand for marriage and family counselors/therapists is expected to grow by 14% from 2008 to 2018. The outlook for this job, as well as all counseling jobs, is expected to grow faster than average with job opportunities exceeding the number of counseling graduates. There is a direct need in the community for skilled individuals to work with children and families.
The certificate is designed to give students advanced training in the area of marriage and family counseling. This training can be used to create a specialty focus for community counseling majors or as a supplemental training opportunity for rehabilitation and school counseling majors. Many current certificate participants voice a desire to receive specialized training in this area to enhance their career options in the community or improve their ability to work with families in school and rehabilitation settings. The current counseling climate today dictates that working with families will be a necessity for just about any counseling professional.