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Certificate of Graduate Studies in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling

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January 10, 2022
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The Certificate of Graduate Studies in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling, offered online and on campus in Virginia Beach, is a professional certificate that will serve as an endorsement to licensure and for counselor continuing education for additional state credentialing requirements. It is not for initial licensure. This family and marriage counseling certificate may help advance your career as a mental health professional.

  • Explore successful passage through the developmental stages of marriage and family over the life span.
  • Gain invaluable knowledge in areas including couples therapy, treating sexual dysfunction and therapies for various addictions.
  • Prepare to play a crucial role as a high-demand professional, working to heal and strengthen marriage, couple and family relationships.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

  • Public Agencies
  • Private Practices
  • Mental Health Facilities
  • Church Counseling Centers

COUN 593A Internship in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (3), plus three courses from the following:

Provides an understanding, demonstration and application of various models and techniques for working with married and non-married couples. Prerequisite: COUN 545 or concurrent. Cross-listed with CES 746.

Examines models of family systems therapy and techniques. Helps beginning family therapists develop a model of practice and apply models to clinical cases. Cross-listed with CES 747.

Introduces students to historical, environmental, biological, psychological, sociocultural, and biblical perspectives on human sexuality. Emphasis will be placed on issues in human sexuality across the life span, theories of sexual dysfunction, as well as sexuality and Scripture. Prerequisite: COUN 540.

The successful passage through the developmental stages of marriage and family over the lifespan contributes in positive ways to the health and well-being of marriage and family. This advanced course will integrate the student’s Christian worldview, with cultural and ethical issues as they affect the variable stages of life within a family. Included for study and discussion are current social topics of marriage and family developmental stages and historical perspectives that are of concern to the clinical process. Prerequisites: COUN 526, COUN 540, COUN 545.

Expressive arts interventions play an integral role in how the mind and body heal from posttraumatic stress. This course examines treatments such as play, art, music, equine, drama therapy, yoga, and sandtray which can be used as stand-alone models or an enhancements to more traditional, evidence-based therapy methods. Cross-listed with CES 655. Prerequisites: COUN 521, COUN 526, and COUN 538.
Examines principles of affect regulation – how humans regulate their emotions, by drawing on theories of attachment and interpersonal neurobiology. Characteristics of attachment security are explored, including how complex trauma and disrupted attachment may lead to difficulty in personality organization, compulsive behaviors, and relationship issues. Experientially-based therapeutic interventions are identified. Cross-listed with CES 751.

Be assigned to work at a professional setting in which marital, couple & family counseling is the modality of treatment, closely supervised on site by a trained marriage, couple & family professional. Culminating experience to apply the knowledge and experience gained during counselor training program as a member of a professional team. In addition to supervision on site, participate in a weekly internship seminar led by a professor on the counseling faculty. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. Pass/No Pass.

2021-22 Semester Check-In Deadlines

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 13Monday, August 23
Session MFriday, September 10Monday, September 20
Session BFriday, October 15Monday, October 25
Session CTuesday, December 21Monday, January 10
Session TFriday, January 28Monday, February 7
Session DFriday, March 4Monday, March 14
Session EFriday, April 29Monday, May 9
Session FFriday, June 10Monday, June 20

CGS allows students who have earned or who are in the process of earning a 60 credit master’s level degree in counseling to complete additional coursework to pursue career opportunities, state licensure or specialty certification. Courses taken at Regent University while completing an M.A. in Counseling can be counted toward the CGS, but students are not eligible for federal financial aid for course work beyond the 60 credit hours required for the degree.

A student who is not currently enrolled in the School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) who wishes to complete the CGS must apply as a nondegree student. All courses must be taken at Regent. Courses cannot be transferred in to the CGS programs. All requirements for the CGS must be completed within five years. Students who earn an M.A. in Counseling through the SPC cannot earn a CGS in the same subject as their major.

Application Process:

  1. Complete Your Online Application
    Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.
  2. Provide Your Unofficial College Transcripts
    We require an official transcript indicating successful completion of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Regent has partnered with DocuSign to offer a secure, electronic way for your previous college transcripts to be delivered on your behalf once you have registered for your first semester.

    If you have an unofficial copy of your college transcripts, please email those to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Certificate Application Pieces.

    If you are an international student, or you earned college credit at non-US institutions, please submit your transcripts for a third-party course-by-course evaluation. Learn more and find recommended agencies.

  3. Complete Your Admissions Questionnaire
    Please complete a brief admissions questionnaire based on your professional goals and interests, and provide thoughtful and thorough responses. This will give us a better opportunity to get to know you and see how your objectives align with our programs. Once completed, the questionnaire will be sent directly to an admissions counselor who will be in touch with you to help complete the rest of your application. Access the Admissions Questionnaire.

Note: Current Regent M.A. students applying for admission to a CGS program must have completed at least one semester of the M.A. program before applying.

A maximum of 12 Regent credits may be allowed toward a degree if a nondegree student later applies for regular degree-seeking status. The applicant must submit the additional material required for degree status. The admissions committee will consider the application in the same way it would a new applicant.

Certificate of Graduate StudiesTuition Cost Per Credit HourTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Certificate
Clinical Mental Health Counseling$7109$6,390
Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling$71012$8,520
School Counseling$71012$8,520
Trauma Counseling$71012$8,520

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$800
University Services Fee (Online Students)$650
Certificate of Graduate StudiesTuition Cost Per Credit HourTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Certificate
Clinical Mental Health Counseling$7109$6,390
Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling$71012$8,520
School Counseling$71012$8,520
Trauma Counseling$71012$8,520

Student Fees Per Semester

University Services Fee (On-Campus Students)$750
University Services Fee (Online Students)$600

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

CGS Requirements

Complete 12 credit hours.

Certificate must be completed within 5 years.

Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

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