Social Work Practice with Families and Couples (Graduate Certificate)

The Social Work Practice with Families and Couples Certificate Program is designed to provide current knowledge and skills for social work practice in the Detroit metropolitan area. Research and practice innovations also will be explored. Historically, social workers have worked with families affected by social injustice and adverse conditions; this is a legacy of the profession. These families encounter difficult problems, fueled by issues such as poverty, racism, substance abuse, and domestic violence.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet the admissions standards of the Graduate School and the School of Social Work. Eligibility for this certificate is limited to persons holding a Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree or persons actively enrolled in the advanced portion of the M.S.W. program1. For students concurrently enrolled in the degree and certificate programs, only nine of the fourteen graduate credits required for the certificate may be applied toward the M.S.W. Work to complete a graduate certificate program extends beyond the time necessary to fulfill Master of Social Work requirements. Application materials and information may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Student Services, School of Social Work.


Individuals holding a master’s degree in a related human service field may be permitted to enroll in some graduate certificate courses with the approval of the Graduate Officer, School of Social Work; these individuals may not apply for the graduate certificate. 

Candidates for the certificate must hold a Master of Social Work degree, achieve a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and complete fourteen credits as outlined below in designated graduate courses. These courses include offerings in social work theory, social work practice, and social work ethics. The certificate must be earned within three years of entering the program. All course work must be completed in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the School of Social Work.

Theory Courses
SW 8380Application of Family Systems Theory to Interpersonal Practice I4
SW 8550Social Functioning: Human Sexuality2
Practice Courses
SW 8390Application of Family Systems Theory to Interpersonal Practice II4
SW 8620Interpersonal Practice with Couples2
Ethics Course
SW 8710Ethical Issues in Interpersonal Practice2
Total Credits14