Professional Certificate in Family and Couples Therapy


Program Description

This Professional Certificate provides training to address couples and family therapy. It is geared to:

  • Psychologists

  • Psychiatrists

  • Social Workers or Counselors

  • Primary Care Physicians

  • Professionals holding a license and at least a Masterís degree in areas related to family interventions.

The primary goals of the Certificate Program in Family and Couples Therapy are:

  • To develop or enhance the competencies of licensed mental health or health professionals in therapeutic interventions with couples and families.

  • To develop or enhance the competencies of licensed mental health or health professionals in the knowledge of systemic interventions and in the cultural, ethical and legal implications of couples and family therapy practice.

The duration of the program is approximately three trimesters.

Courses are held on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm

Admission Requirements

  • Master in Art, Master in Science or MD degree from an institution of higher education

  • Professional License

  • Attend a personal interview

  • Submit the following documents:

    • Official transcript from all graduate schools attended.

    • Copy of professional license

    • Two letters of recommendation written by individuals familiar with the applicantís professional work and skills, using the format accompanying the application form.

    • Certificate of No Penal Record

    • Application processing fee of US$150.00, non-refundable

Graduate students in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology doctoral programs, may be admitted if they:

  • Provide evidence of one year of clinical practicum experiences.

  • Have at least two credits in Family Therapy

  • Sign an understanding stating that the Certificate will only be provided after completing their graduate program and submitting a copy of their professional license.

The Program Director and several faculty members select the best candidates. PSMHS looks for accepting candidates with high integrity and maturity that show concern for others, leadership potential and character among other qualities. In evaluating the applicants, emphasis is placed upon the following:

  • Potential to work with individuals, analytical skills and understanding of ethical standards of the profession.

  • Motivation and emotional stability

  • Letters of recommendation (see previous description)

  • Interview

Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:

  • Written confirmation of acceptance and a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 to secure the seat in the entering class.

  • Physical Exam (using a form provided by the Admissions Office)

  • Health Certificate from the Department of Health of PR

  • Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).

  • Policy on Technical Standards

  • Other documents will be notified as pertinent.


Tuition and Fees

The estimated cost of the whole program is approximately $6,500 including tuition and registration fees.

How to Apply

The Application for Admission to the Professional Certificate in Family and Couples Therapy Program can be downloaded or obtained personally at our Admissions Office.

Deadline to apply is May 30.