- Professional Certificate in Family and Couples Therapy
- Admission Requirements
- How to Apply
- Cost of Attendance
- Financial Aid
Professional Certificate in Family and Couples Therapy
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.
- 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)
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.
How to Apply
Application for Admission – Can be downloaded or obtained at the Admissions Office.
Applicants must submit the following documents:
- Official transcript from all undergraduate and graduate universities attended
- Three letters of recommendation – Written by individuals familiar with the applicant’s professional work and skills
- Certificate of No Penal Record (Criminal Background check)
- USD$80.00 Application Processing Fee (check or money order payable to Ponce School of Medicine)
- Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Deadline to apply is June 15.
Cost of Attendance 2015 -2016
Ponce Health Sciences University is pleased that you have selected our institution to continue with your academic and professional goals. The Office of Student Financial provides you with the information and tools to assist you in reaching educational goals. Please take your time to navigate through the various links we have provided and feel free to contact the Financial Aid Office if you need more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid Application Process Links
Important Links (External):
- Financial Aid Education Portal (Inceptia): PSHU access code: bw4g33 to setup your account. PSHU will receive a report of those students accessing this site.
- Get your Financial Aid Pin Number – this is your electronic signature for federal documents.
- Fill-out your Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) Online
- View Your Loans History (if applicable to determine available funds)
- Manage your Federal Student Loans (Entrance & Exit Counseling, Master’s Promissory Note, etc.)
Important Links for PHSU application forms and manual
Click here to download your
– Student Financial Aid Manual
Federal Financial Aid Programs
- Direct Unsubsidized Loan: students who meet the requirements established by the US Department of Education may receive a Direct Loan, according to the academic program: graduate and professional students are eligible to receive up to $20,500 per academic year. As an institution that previously participated in the HEAL Programs our MD, Doctorate and PhD in Clinical Psychology, as well as certain Master Degree Programs might be eligible for additional amount of loan. The amount is established annually by Federal Regulations. The Financial Aid Office provides orientation about the application process for student loans, the student’s qualifying requirements and the specifics regarding interest rate, orientation fess, repayment process, etc. The student must submit an agreement form known as a Master Promissory Note, and complete electronic entrance counseling, both on-line: www.studentloans.gov.
- Direct Loan-Plus Graduate Loan: This is a federal fixed-interest loan for graduate and professional students, beyond the DL Unsubsidized award, to cover any additional cost of attendance. The interest rate and origination fee, which is annually fixed by the Federal Government, begins to accrue from the date of the first disbursement. The loan qualifying process requires a credit check verification, on-line entrance counseling and an on-line submission of a Master Promissory Note: www.studentloans.gov
- Private Loans (Alternative Loans). These are credit-based loans that may be used to supplement other types of financial aid programs. The loan amounts vary according to amount requested and approved for the student. The interest rate is variable, accrued while in school and usually based on the current “Prime Rate” plus a lender’s predetermined interest rate. Repayment may be up to 20 years. These Private Alternative Loans provide funds to complete the remaining need after the student is awarded other financial aid. Due to the high interest rate that these loans represent, the student should consider these loans as a last resource to their financial need. PHSU does not recommend any specific lender, the evaluation and selection is a student’s individualized decision.
- Historical Private Lender List
PHSU does not deny or otherwise impede the student’s choice of an alternative lender or cause unnecessary delay in loan certification of these loans. The following is a list of the three private loans that have been most commonly selected by our students during last two previous academic years, however, we reiterate that the student may select any other lender they esteem will meet their financial need.
- Discover: www.discover.com/student-loans
- Sallie Mae: www.salliemae.com
- Wells Fargo: www.wellsfargo.com/student/graduate-loans/med-school
Other Financial Aid Options:
Military Scholarship Programs: Students interested in a military career may consider apply for one of the scholarships programs for healthcare professions offered by the US Army, the US Air Force, Navy or the National Guard. The students must contact the desired program:
National Health Services Corps Scholarship Program: available for students in the primary health care specialties and committed to serving part or their entire career in federally designated health professional shortage area. Learn more about this program at: nhsc.bhpr.hrsa.gov
Financial Aid Application Process
There are research assistantships provided by faculty members for externally funded research projects. One of these programs is the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS) that may be available for participation. The program provides student support that includes salary and fringe benefits. Additional information may be requested at the Offices of the Deans, Program Directors, and/or faculty.
Direct Loan Application Process
Students interested in applying for a Direct Loan must comply with the federal requirements and following requirements:
- Have financial need.
- Be an US Citizen or an Eligible Non-Citizen.
- Have a valid social security number.
- Enroll in an eligible program as a regular student working toward a degree.
- Meet satisfactory academic progress standards.
- Register (or have registered) with the Selective Service if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25.
- Certify that are not in default on a federal student loan and that do not owe money on a Federal student grant.
- Student cannot exceed the aggregate loan limit established by the Department of Education.
- Comply with the Entrance Interview/Counseling.
- Provide all the documents and information required by the Financial Aid.
Students must fill the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the corresponding academic year, in order to be evaluated to determine eligibility for federal and state funds. It must be submitted on line at www.fafsa.gov no later than last working day of April. The PHSU school code is G24824. Students need a pin number, which can be obtained at www.pin.ed.gov.
Once the student submits the FAFSA, the Department of Education will send an Institutional Student Information Record (ISIR) to the school, which will be used for evaluation and analysis.
Students with a FAFSA application selected for verification by the Department of Education will be required to submit the following documents:
- Complete a Verification Worksheet (provided by the Financial Aid Office)
- Copy of the Tax Return (IRS or PR tax return form) or
- W-2 form(s)
- Evidence of wages, salaries, tips, etc., reported on the FAFSA
If the student (student’s parent or spouse) is not required to file income tax return, he/she will be required to complete and sign a Certification of Income, provided by the Financial Aid Office, among other documentation. Note: No loan will be process until the verification process is completed.
As part of the evaluation, the Financial Aid Office will take in consideration the Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the amount that the student should contribute towards his/her cost of education, and it is determined by the Federal Government. The need analysis consists of the following basic calculation: Cost of Attendance minus EFC equals Financial Need. As part of the analysis, it will be considered any other expected financial aid (external funds such as Vocational Rehabilitation, Veteran Administration, military scholarships, and any other grant or scholarship). Note: A student cannot receive financial assistance in excess of the determined Financial Need.
Awarding and Notification
The next step is the awarding of financial aid amounts by PHSU and preparing the award notification for the student. Once the awarding process is completed, a Notification of Award is sent to each student.
Return Policy and Requirement for Withdrawal and Return of Federal Financial Aid (see PHSU catalog refund policy section)
Suspension of Eligibility for Drug-Related Offenses
If convicted of any offense involving the possession of a controlled substance, a student’s eligibility for Title IV Financial Student Aid Program will be denied for:
- One year after the first conviction
- Two years after the second conviction
- Indefinitely after the third conviction
If convicted of any offense involving the sale of a controlled substance, a student’s eligibility for Title IV Financial Student Aid Program will denied for:
- Two years following the first conviction
- Indefinitely after the second conviction
Eligibility may be restored if the student partakes of an approved Federal Government Rehabilitation Program.
Please refer to the Student Financial Aid Manual for specific information regarding all the dynamics of financial aid as it applies to new and continuing students.
Financial Aid Contact Information:
Mrs. Rosalia Martinez, MS. Ed, Executive Director
Mrs. Myrian Gaud, BSS, Assistant Director
Mrs. Bertha I. Rivera, Executive Secretary
Monday to Thursday: 8:00-11:30 am – 1:00-4:30 pm
Friday: Administrative Work (By appointment only)
Phone Numbers: (787) 840-2575 ext. 2134, 2135 or 2136 Fax: (787) 842-3857
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 7004, Ponce. Puerto Rico 00731