Medical Family Therapy

Graduate Certificate Program Summary


The Medical Family Therapy certificate program offers intensive training in medical family therapy and collaborative health care. Trainees will learn how to work with patients and their families who are experiencing physical, emotional, relational and spiritual difficulties related to acute and chronic illnesses. The training, which focuses on collaborative, multidisciplinary and multidimensional approaches to treatment, includes a practicum experience for all participants.

The Medical Family Therapy certificate program is open to health and mental health professionals or graduate students, nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals. Interns may also take advantage of the on-site post-degree training certificate program in medical family therapy.

The Medical Family Therapy certificate program is a joint effort between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center to provide quality education for students interested in expanding their training to include Medical Family Therapy. Students may be admitted to either the Lincoln campus or the Medical Center campus.

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.


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Graduate Chair
Dr. Richard Bischoff

Faculty Contact
Dr. Cody Hollist

UNMC Contact
Dr. Jennifer Harsh
139 S. 40th St.
Omaha NE 68131

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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by the department

Submit the following materials to:
W. David Robinson, Ph.D.
Director, Behavioral Medicine
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Department of Family Medicine
983075 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-3075

  • Statement of professional goals (previous education and professional experience, plans after completing the graduate certificate)
  • Department Graduate Certificate Application
  • Brief resume
  • Three recommendation letters (can be waived if you have completed the M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy or Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy at UNL)
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
Application deadline
May 15


There are two designated approaches to completing the Medical Family Therapy certificate program:

Approach A: Those who hold a qualifying degree will be able to complete the certificate program within one year by taking the following four core courses and practicum. For information on qualifying degrees and fulfillment of prerequisites, contact the department.

Approach B: Those who do not hold a qualifying degree may complete the certificate as a non-degree post-baccalaureate student or as part of the Child, Youth and Family Studies master's degree with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Requirements:

  • The core courses and practicum listed for option A
  • The seven "other required courses" listed below
  • Nine credit hours in individual development and family relations. Courses offered through UNL, UNMC, UNO, and other institutions will be considered on an individual basis. Courses from the UNL Marriage and Family Therapy Program which fulfill this include: CYAF 872, 881, 882, 883, 888, 980, 984.

Courses listed below are offered through UNL unless otherwise indicated as UNMC.

Core Courses and Practicum

  • CYAF 951: Theoretical Foundations of Family Therapy
  • FMED 741: Theory and Practice of Medical Family Therapy (UNMC)
  • FMED 742: Families, Health, and Illness (UNMC)
  • FMED 743: Applied Medical Family Therapy (UNMC)
  • FMED 744: Clinical Practicum (UNMC)

Other Required Courses

  • CYAF 952: Psychopathology and Dysfunctional Interactions
  • CYAF 954: Assessment in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • CYAF 955A: Clinical Family Therapy I
  • CYAF 955B: Clinical Family Therapy II
  • CYAF 956: Human Sexual Dysfunction
  • CYAF 953: Issues and Ethics for Family Professionals
  • CYAF 865: Research Design and Methodology

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

More course information

The Course Catalog provides course descriptions and prerequisites, grouped by subject area.

The Schedule of Classes specifies dates, times, locations, and instructors for courses being offered in current and near-future terms.

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Child, Youth, and Family Studies.

Departments: Have an update for this summary? Contact Stacy Dam.