This certificate is geared to Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, Professional Counselors, Family Medicine/Primary Care Physicians, and other professionals holding a professional license and at least a master’s degree in areas related to family interventions.

The primary goals of this certificate program are:

  • To develop or enhance the competencies of licensed mental health or health professionals in therapeutic interventions with couples and families.
  • To develop or enhance the competencies of licensed mental health or health professionals in the knowledge of systemic interventions and in the cultural, ethical and legal implications of couples.

Admission Requirements

  • Master in Art, Master in Science or MD degree from an institution of higher education
  • Professional License
  • Attend a personal interview
  • Submit the following documents:
    • Official transcript from all graduate schools attended.
    • Copy of professional license
    • Two letters of recommendation written by individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work and skills, using the format accompanying the application form.
    • Certificate of No Penal Record
    • Application processing fee of US$75.00, non-refundable

Graduate students in Clinical, Counseling or School Psychology doctoral programs, may be admitted if they:

  • Provide evidence of one year of clinical practicum experiences.
  • Have at least two credits in Family Therapy
  • Sign an understanding stating that the Certificate will only be provided after completing their graduate program and submitting a copy of their professional license.

The Program Director and several faculty members select the best candidates. PHSU looks for accepting candidates with high integrity and maturity that show concern for others, leadership potential and character among other qualities. In evaluating the applicants, emphasis is placed upon the following:

  • Potential to work with individuals, analytical skills and understanding of ethical standards of the profession.
  • Motivation and emotional stability
  • Letters of recommendation (see previous description)
  • Interview

Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:

  • Written confirmation of acceptance and a non-refundable deposit of $100.00 to secure the seat in the entering class.
  • Physical Exam (using a form provided by the Admissions Office)
  • Health Certificate from the Department of Health of PR
  • Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).
  • Policy on Technical Standards
  • Other documents will be notified as pertinent.


The program is designed to take 1 years to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2014-2015, 100% finished in 1 years.

Cost & Fees

Tuition and fees: $6,500
Books and supplies: $1,100
On-campus room & board: not offered

*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

Federal loans: $0
Private education loans: $0
Institutional financing plan: $0

The school has elected to provide the following additional information: 100% of program graduates used loans to help finance their costs for this program.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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