Dear Hope Certificate Applicant,
I’m glad you’ve decided to pursue becoming a certified Hope focused couples therapist. We at the Charis Institute/ Ripley Consulting are dedicated to supporting pastoral care providers, clinicians and students in training to become excellent couples therapists using the Hope approach. If you are seeking this certificate you are demonstrating your dedication to providing outstanding assistance to couples in your community. This certificate will distinguish you in your community as qualified in the use of the Hope approach to couples counseling.
Steps to becoming a Certified Hope Therapist
To qualify a therapist or pastoral care provider must:
Either be a matriculating graduate student or hold at least a master’s degree in a mental health or pastoral care program,
or be licensed in a mental health professional,
or an ordained minister.
There are several “classifications” of certificate in keeping with ethical scope of practice: student, pastoral counselor or licensed therapist.
To obtain a certificate you will engage in a full process of learning and demonstrate your learning. You will:
1. Read the textbook “Couples Therapy: A Hope Focused Approach” by Jennifer Ripley and Everett L. Worthington, Jr. published by Intervarsity Press
2. Watch the accompanying video training with lecture and demonstrations of Hope couples counseling found on the website, www.hopecouples.com
3. Take the Hope certification test- both multiple choice and open ended questions, passing at 90% is required.
4. Create a demonstration 60-90 minute audio or video with a mock couple (role play) using the Hope treatment approach and submit for feedback.
5. Submit a case intake report using the Hope focused approach as described in the textbook and website (templates on the website)
Many blessings as you seek this certificate.