Academic Catalog

Home Based Intervention Therapy Certificate


This certificate program is a special course of study that compliments undergraduate and graduate degree programs in various departments and colleges throughout the University. Individuals who already hold undergraduate or graduate degrees may also pursue the certificate. Students with an undergraduate degree who do not seek a graduate degree may pursue the certificate in the postbaccalaureate program. Students who already hold a graduate degree may be admitted to the program as non-degree graduate students. Students pursuing graduate degrees will receive their graduate certificate upon completion of the requirements for their graduate degree.

The program represents a concentration in current theoretical knowledge and practice in home-based intervention. It adds another dimension to the knowledge and skills a student is able to offer in the many professions that relate to services to at-risk children and their families. This course of study coordinates multidisciplinary training of personnel in home-based intervention and helps to meet the need for trained professionals in home-based intervention.

The undergraduate and graduate curriculum committees of the Center for Family Studies will oversee the certificate program and certify through the Director of the Certificate Programs in Home-Based Intervention that all requirements for the certificate have been completed.


To participate in the program at the graduate level, the student should:

  • Be formally admitted to The University of Akron Graduate School.
  • Make written application to the program countersigned by student’s major academic advisor (if applicable).
  • Have an interview with the Director of the Certificate Programs in Home-Based Intervention.
  • Receive written notification for admission from the Director of the Certificate Programs in Home-Based Intervention.
  • Consult with the Director of the Certificate Programs in Home-Based Intervention to formulate a program of study.

All students enrolled in the home-based certificate programs will enroll in the core course in Home-Based Intervention. Students enrolled in the undergraduate and postbaccalaureate program will enroll in the courses at the undergraduate level. Students admitted to the Graduate School as degree seeking or non-degree students will enroll in graduate courses. Graduate students enrolled in the core courses at the 500 level will have an additional graduate level project.

Students will complete a minimum of 18 hours of graduate credits in core and elective coursework. In order to earn the interdisciplinary certificate in Home-Based Intervention, the student must complete the following requirements within six years after beginning the program.


Core Courses - 9 credits

  • 1820:503 Home-Based Intervention Theory (3 credits)
  • 1820:504 Home-Based Intervention Techniques & Practice (3 credits)
  • 1820:505 Home-Based Intervention Internship (3-5 credits)

Eligibility Courses

Students must have completed at least 9 credits of coursework in theoretical frameworks from their discipline or related areas follows:


Systems Theory

  • 5600:643 Counseling: Theory & Philosophy (3 credits)
  • 5600:655 Marriage & Family Therapy: Theory & Techniques (3 credits)

Developmental Theory

  • 3850:512 Socialization: Child to Adult (3 credits)
  • 3760:602 Family in Lifespan Perspective (3 credits)
  • 3760:605 Developmental Parent-Child Interactions (online) (3 credits)
  • 3760:610 Child Development Theories (3 credits)

Therapeutic Theory

  • 5600:651 Techniques of Counseling (3 credits)
  • 5600:667 Marital Therapy (3 credits)
  • 5600:669 Systems Theory in Family Therapy (3 credits)

Elective Courses - 9 credits

Select one course from three different disciplines. (Must be outside student’s major degree area.)

Specific Skill Areas


  • 3750:530 Psychological Disorders of Children (4 credits)


  • 3850:550 Sociology of Mental Illness (3 credits)
  • 3850:753 Special Topics in Social Organization (Special Topics) (1-3 credits)


  • 5600:550 Counseling Problems Related to Life-Threatening Illness & Death (3 credits)
  • 5600:620 Issues in Sexuality for Counselors (3 credits)

Special Education

  • 5610:540 Developmental Characteristics of Exceptional Individuals (3 credits)
  • 5610:560 Family Dynamics & Communication in the Educational Process (3 credits)
  • 5610:604 Collaboration & Consultation Skills for Special Educators (3 credits)

Child and Family Development

  • 3760:501 American Families in Poverty (online) (3 credits)
  • 3760:504 Middle Childhood and Adolescence (online) (3 credits)
  • 3760:506 Family Financial Management (online) (3 credits)
  • 3760:540 Family Crisis (online) (3 credits)
  • 3760:542 Human Sexuality (3 credits)
  • 3760:546 Culture, Ethnicity & Family (online) (3 credits)
  • 3760:590 Workshop in Family & Consumer Sciences (2 credits)
  • 3760:596 Parent Education (online) (3 credits)

Social Work

  • 6500:660 Staffing and Employment Regulation (3 credits)
  • 6500:654 Management of Organizational Conflict (3 credits)