George Fox University

Graduate School of Counseling
Last Updated

The Graduate School of Counseling, of the College of Education at George Fox Univeristy provides training in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. We currently have 11 full-time faculty, with campuses in both Portland and Salem and a clinic and practicum training center. All courses incorporate the Integration of faith and psychology themes and meet at convenient times for adults coming back to school for further training.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Keith Dempsey (Director)
Department Emphasis
  • 35% Family Therapy
  • 35% Professional Counseling
  • 20% School Counseling
  • 10% School Psychology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

12753 SW 68th Ave, #P510
Portland, OR 97223
United States

Phone Number
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Keith Dempsey
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Spirituality and Clinical Praxis I & II
  • Introduction to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Principles and Techniques of Counseling I, Practicum
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Spiritual Identity
  • Personality and Counseling Theory
  • Psychopathology and Appraisal
  • Advanced Marriage Therapy
  • Images of God
  • Human Sexuality
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Professional Orientation
  • Group Theory and Therapy
  • Clinical Internship
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Play Therapy
  • Substance Abuse from a Systemic Perspective
  • Tests and Measurement
  • Clinical Internship I & II
  • Treatment Planning I & II
  • Shame and Grace
  • Lifestyle and Career Development
  • Relationship Assessment
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Graduate Clinical Project
  • Spiritual Integration
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Professional Counseling
  • Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology (NCATE accredited)
Masters Comments

Students graduating from these programs will have a solid understanding of systems thinking and the integration of faith and therapy. The M.A. in Counseling is designed to lead to licensure as an LPC. The M.A. in MFT is designed to lead to licensure as both LPC and LMFT.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.