Clergy Track

Established in 1948, Council for Relationships Post-Graduate Certificate program is among the oldest and most respected clergy training programs in the nation. This training enriches the skills of priests, rabbis, imams, and other clergy who provide spiritual guidance and support within congregations and communities. Combining and integrating salient elements from the behavioral sciences and theology, the clergy training program at CFR provides education and application of current developments in the theory and practice of couple/ marital, sex, and family therapy and in pastoral and systemic theology as they relate to family relationships.

This training program leads to licensure as Marriage and Family Therapist and is designed to help clergy:

  • Integrate couple and family therapy skills with pastoral skills to be used within the framework of your congregation or community
  • Understand the dynamics of marriages and families
  • Incorporate therapeutic skills in dealing with complicated family problems
  • Gain career options through Membership in AAMFT and partial licensure fulfillment in PA/NJ

The Clergy track parallels the Clinical Track exactly, with the integration of theological coursework and specialized supervision at the onset of training program.

Program Details:

Level: Post-Graduate
Admission Requirements: MS, MDIV, D.Min
Courses Required: 14 ten-week courses plus 3 five-week courses
Instructional Delivery: On Campus
Supervision: Live and videotaped
Calendar Type: Quarter
Enrollment: Part-time
Flexible Time Frame: Completion in up to 4 years
Time Commitment: 1-2 days per week
Admission Deadline: Rolling

Dolores Littleton, D.Min, LMFT
Director, Post-Graduate Certificate Program, Clergy Track

In addition to the clergy track in our Post Graduate Certificate Program, we also offer non-credited programs and workshops for clergy.