Northeastern Illinois University

Department of Counselor Education

About the Program

Last Updated: 
August 23, 2013

The Couple and Family Counseling/therapy Program program trains students for the degree of Masters in Couple and Family Counseling. The mission of the Department of Counselor Education (of which the Couple and Family Counseling is a part)is to select the most motivated applicants for its program and prepare them to become effective professionals in the field of counseling and human development. Counselor preparation combines three areas: 1) the knowledge base necessary to work in the field; 2) a variety of counseling skills; and 3) personal attributes. The successful student will learn how to use apply theory in practice with couples and families and prepares to work in a variety of settings. This CACREP accredited program combines theoretical and experiencial coursework fulfilling the educational requirements for the the Licensed Clinical Professional Counseling License as well as the Licenced Marriage and Family Therapy license, so graduated students will be eligible for both the LCPC and LMFT licensures.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  School counseling60%
  Community counseling20%
  Family Therapy10%
  Rehabilitation counseling10%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Dr. Chuck Pistorio (Chair)
Courses Offered: 
  • The Counseling Profession
  • Developmental Counseling
  • Frameworks for Counseling
  • Evaluation Techniques
  • Individual Counseling Skills
  • Group Counseling
  • Community Counseling
  • Research Seminar
  • Career Development
  • Children. Youth and Their Systems
  • Introduction to Family Counseling
  • Advanced Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Diagnostic Systems for Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling Worldview & Systems Orientation
  • Couple and Family Systems Studies
  • Practicum: Group Supervision in Couple & Family Counseling
  • Internship I & II: Group Supervision in Couple & Family Counseling
  • Counseling Couples
  • Introduction to Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Medical and Psychological Aspects of Disability
  • Work and Disability
  • Case Management in Rehabilitation Counseling
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Seminar

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Couple & Family Counseling/Therapy

The family counseling program prepares students for employment in settings such as mental health agencies, community counseling agencies, chemical dependency programs, hospitals, marriage and family counseling clinics, crisis centers, youth agencies, court services, and others. This program meets the requirements for state licensing, the National Academy for Certified Family Therapists, Inc., and the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Clinical Memberships


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