Certificates in Counseling and Family Sciences
The Clinical Mediation Program is designed to provide professional training in the mediation process involving courts, families, and work environments. This training leads toward becoming a practitioner member in the Association for Conflict Resolution. This program is especially designed for counselors, marital and family therapists, psychologists, social workers, attorneys, human resource administrators, pastors, and others whose professional responsibilities include the mediation process. Family systems theory is central to the training in clinical mediation. The academic and clinical requirements for the certificate include 27 quarter units and 150 clock hours of supervised clinical experience.
Applicants must meet the School of Behavioral Health admission requriements outlined in the University Catalog and give evidence of academic ability, emotional stability, and maturity. The clinical mediation certificate can be a track in the MS, DMFT, or PhD degree programs in marital and family therapy; or an independent certificate. The following are admission requirements:
- A bachelors (BA/BS) from an accredited university
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate degree
- Formal interview with department faculty
- Three letters of recommendation (two letters if already admitted into the department)
- The applicant must meet the requirements for admission for their respective degrees in order to pursue the track in clinical mediation.
- Those for which English is not their first language must present a minimum score of 213 for the computer test and 550 for the pencil test on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- A background check (required before matriculation to the program).
The objectives of the Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program certificate are to:
- Prepare master's degree and doctoral-level professionals to effectively counsel substance abusing and addicted adults and their families.
- Offer curriculum and experience for master's and doctoral level professionals that meet the requirements for certification by national certification organizations.
- Integrate certificate requirements into the existing MFAM curriculum.
- Allow hours of experience to be accrued concurrently to meet BBS, AAMFT, and other certifying organization requirements.
Applicants must meet the School of Behavioral Health admission requirements outlined in the University Catalog and give evidence of academic ability, professional comportment and mature judgment. As with all certificates, applicants must first reapply to the University according to the established process. The certificate program is open to currently enrolled CFS students or other master's dgree level students or graduates. Students in the MFAM program must first complete the current core MFAM curriculum. Candidates will be screened for appropriateness to complete the certificate program and for ability to work with addicted adults and their families. Additional admission requirements include:
- An application stating how the applicant will integrate the substance-abuse certificate into work as a marriage and family therapist or other clinical professional, and how the applicant will contribute to their profession and the addiction-treatment field by completing the certificate.
- Two letters of reference are required.
- An interview by the coordinator is required.
- The critical-essay test (if not already taken) administered by LLU is required.
- And a writing course is required if the student does not pass the essay examination.
The family life education certificate program is designed for those who wish to acquire the basic requirements for the family life certificate, but who do not desire the master of arts degree in family studies. The program provides the student with an understanding of the structure and functioning of the family as a social institution from a systems and theological perspective.
The certificate program in family life education meets the requirements of the National Council on Family Relations for certification as a family life educator.
Applicants to the certificate program must meet the School of Behavioral Health admission requirements outlined in the University Catalog and give evidence of completion of a BA or BSc degree with a 3.0 GPA or equivalent. Evidence of academic ability, professional comportment and mature judgment is required along with the following requirements:
- Completed Loma Linda University application;
- Four-year baccalaureate degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA;
- Official transcripts of scholastic record showing appropriate preparation, in grades and content, for curriculum chosen;
- Qualifying score on the Critical Essay Exam;
- Personal interviews with two of the program faculty;
- TOEFL or MTELP scores if home language is not English.
The curriculum is composed of 26 quarter units and may be completed in one year (attending full time), or stretched over several years. The program is structured to accommodate part-time and nontraditional students.