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A Post Masters Online Counseling Program Towards Certification in Mental Health

written by: Jacqueline Chinappi•edited by: Sarah Malburg•updated: 12/4/2009

Drexel University offers an online post-master's online counseling program towards certification in Medical Family Therapy. This certificate would be a great specialization for any individual in a counseling or health related profession.

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    Counseling Certificates

    Professionally speaking an individual will usually get licensed on the master’s degree level in regards to Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC), Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC), Licensed Psychotherapists, and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. So if the person has already attained a master’s degree which is the only education really needed for licensure, why would an individual go back to school? The answer is simple, specialization in certain areas helps to bring in more groups of people and expands on your credentials. Specialization in counseling can now be obtained with Post Graduate Certificates and here’s one you can get online.

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    Medical Family Therapy

    Drexel University has recently formed a Post Master’s online counseling program towards certification in Medical Family Therapy. The premise of the certificate is to expand an individual’s knowledge in the various ways acute and chronic health conditions influence psychosocial conditions, relational conditions, family conditions, and the environment. The certificate will also help the student become more aware of the health care systems.

    The certificate includes 14 credits taken from:

    • Introduction to Medical Family Therapy (3 credits)
    • Multicultural and Family Systems Approach in Health Care (4 credits)
    • Issues and Trends in Health Policies for Families (3 credits)

    One 3 credit elective also required and can be taken from any of the below courses:

    • Systems Theory
    • Introduction to Family Therapy
    • Bowen Therapy
    • Structural Family Therapy
    • Sex Therapy
    • Addictions
    • Family Violence
    • Family Life Cycle
    • Nosology and CT Practice

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    Admissions, Tuition, & Accreditation

    Admissions into the program depends on a master’s degree already attained in a related health care major or a master’s degree and employed in healthcare, a 3.0 GPA, transcripts from previous colleges, letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and a resume.

    The tuition for the program is $675 per credit or $9,450 in total. If you work for a partnering company of Drexel, the learner may be able to get a reduced tuition rate. Students may also be able to attain Federal and Non-Federal student loans as well as Private Loans. Drexel University is accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges & Secondary Schools.