Indiana Wesleyan University

Graduate Studies in Counseling
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The purpose of the master's degree in counseling is to prepare counselors who are able to integrate their Christian faith and values with integrity in their practice of counseling. Graduates of the program will be prepared to provide professional service to public and private schools, churches, organizations, and business and industry setting. To that end, the graduate counseling program offers the following objectives: The M.A. in Counseling strives to promote (1) highly competent counselor training that places emphasis on doing and being, striving for growth and development in all areas as an effective strategy for promoting positive change in the people we serve; (2) lifelong scholarly learning that draws from and adds to counseling literature which is both theoretical and applied; (3) learning that respects and seeks to understand diversity; (4) values of integration and integrity in counselor education guided by the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith.

The Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (MFC/T) program at in Indiana Wesleyan is dually accredited by CACREP and COAMFTE, and is housed in the Division of Graduate Counseling. The Division offers four other programs beyond the MFC/T program,. The MFC/T program is committed to training entry level professionals whose clinical skills are informed by diverse theoretical traditions, ethical integrity and sensitivity to diverse populations of individuals, couples and families. The program is fully offered at two locations: Marion, IN and Indianapolis, IN.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Barbara Riggs
Department Emphasis
  • 40% Family Therapy
  • 36% General Counseling
  • 6% Family Studies
  • 6% Human Development
  • 6% Ethics
  • 6% Research
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

1900 W 50th Street
Marion, IN 46953
United States

Phone Number
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Mark Gerig
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Theory and Techniques in (the Helping Relationship)
  • Group Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Community Counseling
  • Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Major Models of MFT I: Theory, Assessment and Application
  • Major Models of MFT II: Theory, Assessment and Application
  • Major Models of MFT III: Theory, Assessment and Application
  • Appraisal of Individuals
  • Research and Evaluation of Methods and Practice
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues
  • Integration of the Theory and Practice of Christian Counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Issues in Addiction and Recovery
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Addicted Families
  • Spiritual Formation and Direction
  • Child and Development and Treatment
  • Theory and Techniques of School Counseling
  • Studies in Intimacy and Sexuality
  • Supervised Practicum
  • Supervised Internship
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The program is interpersonal in focus and holistic in approach, emphasizing family systems within a Christian worldview context. Evidenced-based approaches in the field are given high priority in the curriculum. Students benefit from a strongly interpersonal approach, and enjoy close interaction with faculty members. students are part of an intimate community, a source of shared faith, knowledge, and friendship. We anticipate that our graduates will become leaders, and public servants who thoughtfully address contemporary challenges such as, but not limited to troubled marriages, child concerns, single parenting, divorce, reconstituted families.

The 60-credit-hour Master of Arts with a major in Counseling and specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy is interpersonal in focus and holistic in approach, emphasizing family systems within each student's Christian worldview context. The program curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Indiana.

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.