No marriage or family is perfect. In fact, many people may even admit that their families are downright dysfunctional. Traditional families are not the only types of families that seem to have problems, however. Because marriages and families today come in all shapes and sizes, marital and family problems can affect all sorts of non-traditional families as well, including blended families, extended families, single parent families, and families with same-sex parents.

All different types of families might be affected by all different types of problems. There are, however, a few very common arguments that arise in many families, causing undue stress and problems. Some common arguments may be about infidelity, jealousy, financial disagreements, child rearing, household responsibilities, substance abuse, mental illness, teenage rebellion, various career paths, and more.

  • Communication problems
  • Sexual difficulties
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Substance abuse
  • Anger
  • Infidelity
    • Open communication
    • Problem-solving
    • How to discuss differences rationally

This Cert, Dip or Adv Dip can be completed in as little as 6 weeks.

The programme will be delivered through lectures, group discussions, practical demonstrations, video presentations, practical and experiential exercises, case studies, and role-plays. Students will be assessed through written assignments, projects, oral presentations, and videotaped counselling project/examination and online formatting

  • Introduction to Marriage Counseling
  • Video: 7 Principles for Making Marriage
  • Myths and Mistakes of Marital Therapy
  • Repair and the Core Triad of Balance
  • The Sound Marital House
  • The Assessment of Marriage
  • Marital Issue Position
  • Assumptions and Intervention Overview
  • Emotion-Focused Therapy
  • Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling
  • Precounseling and Assessment Interventions
  • Interventions for Drawing on Central Values

At the end of this course, students will be able to demonstrate core knowledge/skills in:

  • A systems perspective that provides an understanding of family and other systems theories and major models of family and related interventions. Students will be exposed to a rationale for selecting family and other systems theories as appropriate modalities for family assessment and counseling.
  • Apply core theory and research of the cultural context of relationships, issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society to the counseling profession.
  • Interpret and apply core theory and research of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels.
  • Apply core theory and research of career development and related life factors.
  • Explain a range of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
  • Students shall communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • The recommended books for this program can be purchased directly by the student or through our school merchandise
    • Family Therapy: History, Theory, and Practice (4th ed.) by Samuel T. Gladding, published by Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0-13-172563-7
    • The Family Crucible by Augustus Y. Napier and Carl Whitaker, published by Harper & Row, ISBN: 0-06-091489-0 (pbk.)
    • Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling, Volume One edited by Richard E. Watts, published by the American Counseling Association, ISBN: 1-55620-211-3
  • Supplemental
    • Family Counseling for All Counselors by David M. Kaplan & Associates, published by the American Counseling Association/CAPS Press. ISBN: 1-56109-097-2
  • Gottman, J. M. The Marriage Clinic: A Scientifically Based Marital Therapy. New York: Norton, 1999. ISBN: 9780393702828 Worthington, E. L. Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling: A Guide to Brief Therapy. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2005. ISBN: 9780830827640

Tuition for certificate programs is $560. Tuition for the Diploma programs is $900 and Tuition for Adv. Diploma programs is $1350. A one-time, non-refundable, application fee of $50 – and a Technology fee of $100 – are also required.​

After paying the application fee of $50, students pay a deposit half payment upon acceptance or conditional acceptance to the program. Students then make monthly equal payments of the balance, which includes the technology fee of $100

The faculty at the Jacobs-Abbey Global Institute for Leadership Studies will exceed your highest expectations. Our accomplished teachers and scholars engage in research and scholarly work that is characteristic of the learning environment both online and at cohort sessions. Our faculty is comprised of leading professors, diplomats, psychologists, educators, authors, coaches, practitioners, and theorists from across the globe. 

Majority of faculty members hold doctoral degrees and stay well-informed through research and scholarship that advance their field and enhance the value of your training.​

  • Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  • Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This admission. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.