Governors State University

Division of Psychology and Counseling
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The Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and a CACREP-accredited graduate degree in Counselor Education. Psychology includes a graduate degree with a theoretical or clinical track. The Counseling Program includes tracks in Community Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and School Counseling. The Division of Psychology and Counseling has world-renowned faculty and strives to meet the University mission of offering creative, innovative, challenging, and financially accessible programs. Governors State University is located south of Chicago.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Shannon B. Dermer (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Psychology
  • 25% Community Counseling
  • 25% School Counseling
  • 20% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1 University Parkway
University Park, IL 60466
United States

Phone Number
Graduate Program
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Measurements and Evaluation
  • Social and Cultural Foundations
  • Life Span Developmental Issues
  • Counseling Theories and Ethics
  • Community Counseling and Professional Orientation
  • Family Systems: Theory and Practice
  • Life Style and Career Development
  • Beginning Counseling and Human Relation Skills
  • Practicum in Vocational Counseling
  • Group Dynamics and Intervention
  • Counseling Internship I & II
  • Families and Addictions
  • Practicum in Individual Counseling: Adult
  • Parent Education: Prevention and Intervention
  • Assessment and Treatment Planning
  • Family Counseling Techniques
  • Marriage and Couple Counseling
  • Practicum in Group Counseling: (Child and Adolescent
  • Adult)
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
Masters Comments

The master's program has a strong applied emphasis. Students are in 3 practices with actual clients before beginning internship.

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.