Child Therapy Program

This program is intended to equip participants with skills requisite for working effectively with children and adolescents. The program is embedded in our degree programs, but is also available for licensed persons as a certification program. Those taking the complete program will complete 60-hours of coursework and will graduate with an MAMFT/Child Therapy degree. CTP-track students complete most of the program with their MSCP and MAMFT counterparts, but will diverge in Module 13 to complete Child Development. CTP-track students rejoin their MAMFT counterparts for Module 14 to complete Marital and Family Systems. From there, CTP-track students will diverge one final time to complete Modules 15-18. Students completing the five courses in the child therapy track concentration will meet the requirements to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).

Those interested in taking the five Child Therapy courses as a certification program can audit the courses in sequential order. By auditing these courses, students will meet the academic requirements for the Oklahoma Association of Play Therapists program; however, this does not mean students will be certified play therapists with the OAPT. Certification is granted by OAPT and not by Southern Nazarene University. SNU does not offer a certification program. Classes that are available to audit are listed below and identified by an asterick*.

The courses (modules) are taken sequentially, to allow focused study on one subject area at a time. Class meetings occur one night per week for a four-hour session for the first year of the program. In year two, classes will occur over intensive weekend courses that meet Friday evenings for four hours and all day Saturday for eight hours. Extensive directed study occurs outside the classroom, in preparation for participative learning experiences during class time.

In addition to the courses, the MAMFT/CT student will complete a 450-hour Internship. Specific guidelines for the internship are provided in a supplemental publication (Internship Handbook). Work on all components of the program (modules and internship) occurs simultaneously.

Another vital component of counselor preparation is supervised experience in marital therapy, family therapy and play therapy counseling situations. This process is initiated briefly in the first module, but is developed more fully during the internship placement. Internships begin at the end of the first semester and are completed by the fifth and final semester. The internship occurs in approved clinical settings where marital or marriage counseling is an integral part of the practice. Throughout the program, the student is encouraged to apply the training from the psychotherapy lab courses. The clinical capstone of the program occurs in the Multicultural Treatment Planning course. The student integrates the assessment, diagnostic and treatment process into a clinical demonstration of his/her ability to conceptualize the dynamics of the client and to articulate a comprehensive treatment plan.

All masters’ degree programs at SNU require an exit evaluation. In the MAMFT program, the exit evaluation takes the form of a Clinical Competency Interview (CCI). The Clinical Competency Interview (CCI) is a way of demonstrating clinical competency of the student and synthesizing the various clinical components of the program. The CCI is intended to evaluate the student’s competence in assessing, diagnosing, and treating clients. Specific guidelines for completing the CCI are available in the CCI Handbook.

Download the Child Therapy Brochure (Bethany)
Download the Child Therapy Course Descriptions (Bethany)
Download the Child Therapy Brochure (Tulsa)
Download the Child Therapy Course Descriptions (Tulsa)