Western Michigan University

Department of Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology

About the Program

Last Updated: 
October 24, 2013

The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) at WMU is part of the College of Education and Human Development. CECP offers two doctoral programs, one in Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited) and one in Counselor Education (CACREP Accredited. The Counselor Education doctoral program emphasizes preparation for academic leaders and supervisors/trainers. The CECP department also offers four other options at the master's level: Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education options in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or College Counseling, Couple, Marriage and Family Counseling and Rehabilitation Counseling. The department has a longstanding tradition of training mental health services professionals. The department recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse society, and strives to increase the educational opportunities of diverse student populations and to create an atmosphere where the values and concerns of diverse populations receive attention and respect. Issues of diversity are integrated into courses throughout the curriculum, as well as developed more fully through special topics courses.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Patrick Munley
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Counselor Education45%
  Counseling Psychology45%
  Marriage & Family Therapy10%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Dr. Alan J. Hovestadt
Courses Offered: 
  • Foundations to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Couple Therapy, Family Therapy
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Sex Therapy
  • Counseling Across the Lifespan
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Gender, Culture and Families
  • Adult-Child Interaction
  • Studies in Family Relationships
  • Couple and Family Therapy Practicum.

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Therapy

The M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy is offered by the Department of CECP in collaboration with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The program is currently undergoing a transition to a 60-credit hour program that will meet the new 2009 CACREP standards for a specialty program in Couple and Family Counseling and Michigan academic guidelines for dual Licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Coursework will include substantive study of family processes, various family forms, individual and family life cycle issues, clinical assessment and treatment of individuals, couples, and families as well as core counseling courses.


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