The Marriage and Family Counseling Program provides the training you need to practice as a professional counselor who specializes in marital, couple and family counseling.
Courses build the professional knowledge and skills necessary to address a wide variety of issues in the context of relationships and families. Our program includes multi-media instruction and opportunities to apply research and theory to real-world clients through supervised internships (600 required hours) and practicums (100 required hours) in community agencies.
Our program also focuses on personal growth and development. We believe successful counselors should have insight and awareness, and a clear understanding of the boundaries between personal and client issues. We encourage self-discovery and strong mental health, and we provide referrals outside the program for counseling when necessary.
Our graduates are prepared to serve as advocates, educators and leaders in strengthening individuals, families and communities. The program positions you for career opportunities in a variety of settings, including family counseling, social service and mental health agencies; college counseling centers; and private practice.
Our Marriage and Family Counseling Program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
We are selective in our screening of prospective students. To qualify for the program, you must meet with faculty in a comprehensive interview, in addition to standard graduate school admission criteria. We seek individuals who present the highest potential as future practitioners.
Indicators of counselor success include:
- High emotional intelligence
- Demonstrated skills in conflict resolution
- Consistent interpersonal behavior
- Recognition of strengths and weaknesses
- Clearly stated goals
- Understanding of one's impact on others