Certification in Filial Therapy

Certification Program in
Filial Family Therapy
NIRE 33The National Institute of Relationship Enhancement (NIRE) and its parent organization IDEALS have been offering supervision and certification programs in Child-Centered Play Therapy and Filial Family Therapy since 1972. Under the leadership of Bernard Guerney, Jr., Ph.D., Louise Guerney, Ph.D., and William Nordling, Ph.D., these supervision and certification programs continue to promote the highest standards of excellence in clinical training.
A Comprehensive Training Experience
The purpose of the supervisory and certification program in Filial Family Therapy (FFT) is skillbuilding. Through feedback, modeling, role-play, and goal setting, the supervisee builds knowledge and skills for more effectively dealing with the common situations, issues, and problems encountered throughout the various stages of FFT process, as well as related activities such as intake and explanation of the rationale for FFT to parents, establishing successful home sessions, and integrating parent skill training into later FFT sessions. Supervision can focus on utilizing FFT in an individual format with a single parent/couple or a group format with several parents/couples.
Distance Supervision
Wherever you live, you may easily participate in any of NIRE’s supervision and certification programs through Distance Supervision. Over the past 20 years over 90% of our supervision and certification program participants have made use of our long-distance phone supervision method. Indeed, even many participants local to a NIRE-approved supervisor have opted to utilize this method due to the educational benefits and convenience our phone supervision method provides.
Those participating in Distance Supervision mail a copy of a videotaped FFT therapy session to their NIRE- approved supervisor. Then, during a scheduled phone supervisory session, the supervisor provides immediate feedback as the supervisor and supervisee each watch the videotaped session in their own setting. This process allows the advantage of the supervisee getting to experience their original FFT session, and then immediately gaining an understanding of how the session could have been improved. Equally important, the process allows for the optimal context for discussion, structuring, and goal setting for future FFT sessions.
Live Individual and Group Supervision
Live supervision is available to those local to NIRE’s facilities or to a NIRE-approved supervisor elsewhere in the country. Participants local to NIRE may opt to participate in either individual supervision or on-going supervisory groups offered at NIRE.
Educational Requirements for Applicants
Applicants for the supervision and certification program in Filial Family Therapy must have a graduate degree in a mental health field (or be enrolled in such a graduate program), and be legally eligible to provide therapeutic services under their state legal codes, either independently or under supervision. Applicants who are not qualified to provide therapeutic services independently must document their immediate supervisor’s awareness of, and permission for, participating in a NIRE supervision or certification program.
Prerequisite Training Requirements for Applicants
Applicants for the supervision and certification program in Filial Family Therapy must have received previous certification by NIRE in Child-Centered Play Therapy, or its equivalent in training and supervision. In addition, applicants must have completed 12 hours of NIRE training in Filial Family Therapy (e.g., the basic workshop offered by NIRE), or its equivalent in college courses or training workshops offered elsewhere.
Certification Requirements
In most cases, a total of 26 hours of supervision are required for certification in Filial Family Therapy. It is generally required that the supervisee follow one Filial Family Therapy case from start to finish, and during the supervision process enhance the learning experience with sessions from other cases as difficulties arise.
It should be noted that ultimately the awarding of certification is based on the participant reaching certain levels of skill mastery, not merely the completion of a certain number of hours. However, because of the educational and training prerequisites, over 95% of those who are accepted into our certification program complete it successfully within the 26-hour framework.
In calculating supervision hours, individual supervision hours are calculated on a 1 for 1 ratio; small group supervision hours are calculated on a 1 for 2 ratio. For example, a participant attending a 2-hour small group supervision session would receive credit for 1 hour of supervision.
Please note that up to 50% of supervision hours may be acquired through small group supervision; the remainder must be obtained through individual supervision by a NIRE-approved supervisor. Of course, you may choose to complete all supervisory requirements through individual supervision.
The hourly fee for supervision by a NIRE-approved supervisor is $45 for small group supervision and $95 for individual supervision. The hourly fee for a NIRE-approved supervisor who also holds the RPT-S credential through the Association for Play Therapy is $135 for individual case consultation or supervision. All phone or postal costs associated with distance supervision are borne by the supervisee. Payment for supervision hours is made to NIRE at the beginning of each month on the basis of the actual number of supervision hours from the preceding month so as to allow the cost to be incurred and paid on a more gradual basis.
Application Process

To apply for acceptance into the supervision and certification program, please download and complete the Application for Supervision and Certification Program form and mail it together with an application fee of $75.00 to:

Robert Scuka, Ph.D.,
Co-Director of Certification Programs
3914 Kincaid Terrace
Kensington, MD 20895-1519

If you have questions or would like additional information about NIRE’s supervision and certification programs, please contact Robert Scuka, Ph.D. at 301-680-8977.