John Brown University

Graduate Counseling
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It is the intent of Education and Human Services to produce credentialed and licensed Christlike men and women who will actively pursue careers in service occupations, such as school, community, and marriage and family counseling through which lives may be healed and strengthened. Programs feature instruction by a qualified Christian faculty committed to the integration of faith with academic learning for living. The Department is supported by an on-campus Center for Marriage and Family Studies, directed by Dr. Gary Oliver and Dr. Greg Smalley, well-known authors of several books in the field. JBU is an interdenominational, evangelical, private Christian University.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. John Carmack (director)
Department Emphasis
  • 80% Family Therapy
  • 15% Professional Counseling
  • 5% School Counseling
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

2000 W University LRC204
Siloam Springs, AR 72761
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. John Carmack
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Human Development
  • Social/Cultural Foundations
  • Principles of Family Therapy
  • Group Theory
  • Theories/Techniques of Counseling
  • Career Development Information & Vocational Education
  • Family of Origin
  • Family Systems
  • Principles of Marital Therapy
  • Family Sexuality
  • Assessment
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Relationship Assessment
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Advanced Psychopharmacology
  • Organization & Administration of Pupil Personnel Services: (Elementary
  • Secondary)
  • Professional Development & Orientation
  • Promoting Change Through Brief Therapy
  • Statistics & Research
  • Advanced Statistics & Research
  • Christian Foundations
  • Practicum I , II , & III (Elementary
  • Secondary
  • Community
  • Marriage & Family)
  • Internship I , II & , III
  • Selected Topics in Counseling.
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Community Counseling
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Marriage & Family Therapy and Community Counseling
  • School Counseling
  • Play Therapy
Masters Comments

The Marriage and Family Therapy degree is 64 hours, the Community Counseling degree 61 hours and both are easily combined for students seeking eventual dual licensure. School Counseling requires 48 hours. Faculty all have several years of experience and earned doctorates in MFT, Psychology (emphasis Family Psychology) or Counselor Education. School Counseling is a NCATE accredited program. MFT and Community programs are designed to meet or exceed NCATE standards.

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.