Regis University has launched a post-graduate certificate in counseling military families at the university’s Colorado Springs Campus.

Offered through Regis’ College for Professional Studies, the certificate includes six graduate courses offered to master’s level counselors who want specialized training in counseling military families.

The Pikes Peak region needs professionals with the certificate, said Assistant Professor Linda Osterlund, adding that a Colorado Department of Regulatory Agency e-update from 2008 stated that, “Only 4 percent of community mental health providers in Colorado are trained to work specifically with couples and families holding licensure as Marriage and Family Therapists.”

“Given the unique stressors on military families, systemic models offer the most promise for successful treatment because they use the individual’s strengths and also examine and increase the health of the individual’s environment for healing, particularly family members and friends,” Osterlund said.

Prerequisites for the admission to the certificate program include a master’s degree in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy or related clinical mental health degree or enrollment in a master’s degree clinical mental health counseling program; and the following courses completed within the degree or as part of professional continuing education training: Group Counseling; Appraisal: Test and Measurement; and Career Counseling.

Coursework is offered in weekend intensive and evening formats, allowing students to complete the plan in about one year.

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For more information, contact Osterlund at (719) 264-7011.