John Brown University

Graduate Counseling

About the Program

Last Updated: 
August 19, 2013

It is the intent of the Department of Counseling to produce credentialed and licensed Christlike men and women who will actively pursue careers in service occupations, such as school, community, and marriage and family counseling through which lives may be healed and strengthened. Programs feature instruction by a qualified Christian faculty committed to the integration of faith with academic learning for living. The Department is supported by an on-campus Center for Marriage and Family Studies, directed by Dr. Gary Oliver and Dr. Greg Smalley, well-known authors of several books in the field. JBU is an interdenominational, evangelical, private Christian University.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. John Carmack (director)
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Therapy80%
  Professional Counseling15%
  School Counseling5%
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Dr. Richard Ellis
Courses Offered: 
  • Human Development
  • Social/Cultural Foundations
  • Principles of Family Therapy
  • Group Theory
  • Theories/Techniques of Counseling
  • Career Development Information & Vocational Education
  • Family of Origin
  • Family Systems
  • Principles of Marital Therapy
  • Family Sexuality
  • Assessment
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Relationship Assessment
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Organization & Administration of Pupil Personnel Services: (Elementary
  • Secondary)
  • Professional Development & Orientation
  • Promoting Change Through Brief Therapy
  • Statistics & Research
  • Advanced Statistics & Research
  • Christian Foundations
  • Practicum I , II , & III (Elementary
  • Secondary
  • Community
  • Marriage & Family)
  • Internship I , II & , III
  • Selected Topics in Counseling.

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Community Counseling
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Marriage & Family Therapy and Community Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Play Therapy

The Marriage and Family Therapy degree is 64 hours, the Community Counseling degree 61 hours and both are easily combined for students seeking eventual dual licensure. School Counseling requires 48 hours. Faculty all have several years of experience and earned doctorates in MFT, Psychology (emphasis Family Psychology) or Counselor Education. School Counseling is a NCATE accredited program. MFT and Community programs are designed to meet or exceed NCATE standards.


Faculty at John Brown University