Individual Courses

Individual Courses

CFR offers non-matriculating students the opportunity to take courses in our Post Graduate Certificate Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Register for Individual Courses!

Courses may be taken individually for Continuing Education (CE) credit for Master’s level (or above) mental health professionals. Participants are awarded 30 CEs per 10-week course for $1,050* and 15 CEs per 5-week courses for $525*, contingent upon 100% class attendance.

*Prices are subject to change from year to year. 

Please email Tiffani Smoot, Academic Administrator, regarding rates for current CFR students, staff, and alumni.

1st Quarter Courses

Systems Theory and Couples Therapy

Instructor: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
Dates: Mondays, September 19, 2022 – November 28, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The goal of this course is to provide a basic understanding of the major theoretical constructs underlying the major systemic models of couples and family therapy. Discussion will focus on the definition and application of the major concepts of each theory to systemic practice. In addition, the course will provide basic information about intervention strategies specific to couples therapy. The course will focus on three areas of systems therapy. First, the student will learn how to view the couple or family as a system without losing sight of the fact that individuals compose systems. Secondly, ways of engaging clients and performing the clinical interview will be discussed. Thirdly, several approaches to changing systems will be reviewed. This review will examine both general approaches to therapy and specific treatment of some of the more common relationship problems. The course will also have an experiential component. This component will examine each participant’s style and approach to marital and family therapy, particularly around joining, engaging, and establishing the therapeutic alliance. It will concentrate on the use of self to accomplish this goal.

Adult Psychopathology with a Systems Perspective

Instructor: Carol Blum
Dates: Tuesdays, September 13, 2022 – November 15, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course explores relevant theory, research, and practices in the treatment of psychological disorders. Students are encouraged to critically evaluate the role of mental health disorders in helping individuals, couples, and families to achieve their goals. This course is designed to conceptualize and practice a comprehensive approach to understanding disorders in family systems. This course integrates the existing medical model currently set out in the DSM- 5 with the strength-based models that are the primary focus of the CFR training program. This course emphasizes the process of assessment and diagnosis as they relate to treatment planning, provision of psychoeducation models, and targeted interventions for clients.

We will cover the major groupings of psychiatric disorders in the DSM-5 and some of the available medical and psychosocial treatment interventions. This class will compare and contrast strengths and challenges of both the medical model and family systems models. This class will highlight the importance of evidence-based treatment and leading treatments in our field for the best outcomes for clients. Through a combination of didactic and experiential learning and case illustrations, students will navigate ways to integrate models for case conceptualization and empirically guided treatment.

Research in Couple and Family Therapy

Instructor: Maisy Hughes
Dates: Fridays, September 16, 2022 – November 18, 2022
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course explores what it means to be a research-informed clinician within the context of CFT approaches and has the goal of supporting students in becoming discerning consumers of research. It promotes acquisition of skills needed to acquire, critically evaluate, and integrate research findings into clinical decision-making through collaborative exploration of research on common factors in psychotherapy and CFT in particular, outcome and process research related to various systemic models, and patient-focused research that monitors treatment progress. The course encourages students to use empirically supported treatments and assessment tools as a foundation for the evolution of their clinical skills. Students will learn to value and integrate multiple sources of empirical evidence, from research as well as first-hand clinical observations and patient feedback, and develop a nuanced understanding of the advantages and risks of the growing trend toward “evidence-based practice” in CFT and psychotherapy more generally.

2nd Quarter Courses

Foundations in Systemic Therapy

Instructor: Kevana Nixon
Dates: Mondays, December 5, 2022 – February 20, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

While models of Marital and Family Therapy are established on the foundation of theoretical concepts that support the practice of varied clinical approaches, there are clinical practices and theoretical formulations that are common to all systemic therapies. This course will highlight and define the common practices that are foundational to systemic practice. Didactic material, tapes of therapy and in class exercises will help explicate both the overt meaning and the experiential impact of these common clinical approaches to systemic therapy. In addition, this course will explore how different approaches with the same clients yield positive outcomes and how systemic therapists benefit from an integrative perspective that focuses on pathways of change that are suited specifically to the clients’ frame of reference and not bound by models.

Included in the class instruction will be an introduction to the use of Genograms in MFT. Distinctions between process and outcome will be reviewed with an emphasis on learning process-based interventions. The class will compare and contrast the following treatment approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Marital Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Collaborative Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Affective Reconstruction Therapy, Internal Family Systems, and Accelerated Experiential-Dynamic Psychotherapy.

Child/Adolescent Development and Psychopathology

Instructor: Laurel Roe
Dates: Tuesdays, November 22, 2022 – February 7, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This course provides the student with basic information pertaining to child and adolescent development and psychopathology within a systemic framework. The course is composed of two parts. In the first part we will discuss key aspects of child development (physical, psychosocial, and cognitive) and their interaction with family life. In the second part we will focus on the etiology, classification and principles of treatment of the child and adolescent disorders that are most frequently encountered by professionals in mental health and educational settings. The course will also review the trends in child-focused family therapy, how to assess and conduct initial interviews with families, and how to understand various family-based treatment approaches. Students will have an opportunity to explore special topics such as divorce, sibling rivalry, grief, school refusal, and peer influence.

Diversity, Social Justice, and the Practice of Family Therapy

Instructor: Rabbi Julie Greenberg
Dates: Fridays, December 2, 2022 – February 17, 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The goals of this course are 1) to deepen understanding of the social dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression in personal, interpersonal, and political contexts; 2) to examine ways in which way these dynamics affect human experience and, more specifically, the therapeutic relationship; 3) to develop awareness and sensitivity to clients’ religion, family structure, gender identity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, culture, and physical ability; and 4) to develop clinical skills relating to systemic issues such as poverty and racism.

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