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15 Jan

A Former Student’s Experience in CFR’s Post Graduate Certificate Program

Robin Greenberg, LSW, MFT, graduated from Council for Relationships’ Post Graduate Certificate Program. Read on to learn why she chose to attend CFR’s program and about her overall experience. 

Which track (Clinical, Clergy, Sex Therapy) did you pursue and what made you choose that track?

I initially selected the two-year clinical track in marriage and family therapy, which meant taking classes two days a week along with seeing clients and receiving supervision. Toward the end of my first year, I decided to complete the Sex Therapy Certification in addition to the Marriage and Family Therapy Certification. I found that additional training and experience has enriched my work with not only couples, but individuals as well.

What made you decide to enter the Post Graduate Program when you did? What was going on in your life, professionally or personally, that inspired you to pursue continued education at that stage?

I enrolled in the Post Graduate Certificate Program when I realized I wanted to become a Marriage and Family Therapist after a long hiatus from clinical work and a wealth of life experiences. The time was right in my life; I was between jobs, my children were preparing to launch, and I felt inspired to focus on my professional development for the first time in decades. I felt unprepared to dive into practice without brushing up on my clinical skills and becoming familiar with newer models of practice. Also, I sensed there could be a way to effectively use my own life experiences to help individuals, couples and families who were struggling. I looked into intensive workshops, Master’s, and Ph.D. programs in the Philadelphia area, but ultimately decided that Council for Relationships Post Graduate Certificate Program offered the best balance of flexibility, substance, supervision, and cost, compared to other programs.

What would you say was the most valuable component of the program?

The supervision I received provided the opportunity to closely examine my practice, hone my skills, and apply different approaches and therapeutic styles; I learned from the talented therapists I worked alongside. We would review video recordings from therapy sessions, with clients’ permission, one-on-one and as a group. The process of reviewing the therapy sessions together was intimidating but that level of scrutiny was invaluable in honing my skills and it allowed me to learn from others. One of my former clients compared it to her athletic training when she said, “It’s like when I learned from watching myself play on a game tape.

Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience?

As a post-graduate student, I gained more than learning new models and brushing up on my social work skills. The self-examination built into this program led to a better understanding of my own relationships, which has helped me grow personally and professionally. The program started me on a new professional path, with a strong professional identity, and for that, I am grateful. I am happy to talk with prospective students about my experience. I am now practicing as a Staff Therapist at Council for Relationships. I am currently accepting new clients at our Center City, Wynnewood, and Paoli offices. To schedule an appointment, you can reach me at 215-382-6680 ext. 7074 or rgreenberg@councilforrelationships.org.

 

The Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Council for Relationships is one of the nation’s premier training programs for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. For more information on the program, visit this page.

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