Earn your Certificate
A certificate in the Hope Approach is a sign of having demonstrated expertise in the Hope Approach to couples counseling.
The certificate is a self-paced competency training opportunity to learn from Dr. Worthington and Dr. Ripley with her team of Hope focused counselors.
Steps to Obtain a Hope Focused Certificate
The Certificate in Hope-Focused Counseling distinguishes you as fully trained in the Hope Focused Approach to couples counseling.
To qualify, a couples counselor must:
Read the book "Couple Therapy: A New Hope-Focused Approach" by Ripley and Worthington (order online or at your local bookstore).
Watch the accompanying video training with lectures and demonstrations of Hope couples counseling (approximately 4 hours, in short chunks of time)
Pass the Hope certification test, both multiple-choice and open-ended essay questions, with a 90% pass rate. The tests are open-book and can be repeated.
Create a demonstration audio or video recording using the Hope approach with a role play couple (60-90 minutes) either conducting a Hope intake or a Hope-focused intervention.
Submit a Hope focused case (or fictional) intake report
Steps to a Hope Certificate
Go online to register and let us know of your intent to pursue a Hope Certificate. We will send you an invoice for payment after registration.
3. Watch the Videos
The Videos of Dr. Worthington and Dr. Ripley teaching and demonstrating the approach are available here
4. Take the Multiple Choice Test
There is an open-book multiple choice test to take on the book and video content. You can take it repeatedly to reach the 90% passing rate.
5. Take the essay test
This is your chance to show all you have learned through case-based brief essays about the Hope approach
Learning is its own reward
The cost of all materials, and individual review of your materials from the Hope advanced team with Dr. Ripley varies by your profession. We will send you a framable certificate, either digital or paper, as well as a digital image you can use to show you are a certified Hope-focused couple counselor
The cost is $99
Pastoral Care Provider
The cost is $129
Mental Health Professional
The cost is $149