Northeastern Illinois University

Department of Counselor Education
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The Couple and Family Counseling/therapy Program program trains students for the degree of Masters in Couple and Family Counseling. The mission of the Department of Counselor Education (of which the Couple and Family Counseling is a part) is to select the most motivated applicants for its program and prepare them to become effective professionals in the field of counseling and human development. Counselor preparation combines three areas: 1) the knowledge base necessary to work in the field; 2) a variety of counseling skills; and 3) personal attributes. The successful student will learn how to use apply theory in practice with couples and families and prepares to work in a variety of settings. The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 credit hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Family Counseling. The M.A. in Family Counseling program fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Graduates of this program also meet the educational requirements of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Membership and the Marriage and Family Therapy license (LMFT) in the State of Illinois. The Family Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Sara Schwarzbaum
Department Emphasis
  • 60% School Counseling
  • 20% Community Counseling
  • 10% Family Therapy
  • 10% Rehabilitation Counseling
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

5500 N. Saint Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Shedeh Tavakoli
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Professional Orientation and Legal/Ethical Practices
  • Developmental Counseling
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Individual Counseling Skills
  • Group Counseling
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Research Seminar
  • Career Development
  • Children and Youth in School and Family Systems
  • Introduction to Family Counseling
  • Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Diagnostic Systems for Counseling
  • Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Couple and Family Systems Study
  • Couples Counseling
  • Practicum: Family Counseling
  • Internship I: Family Counseling
  • Internship II: Family Counseling
  • Clinical Experience (Practicum and Internship)
  • Practicum: Family Counseling
  • Internship I: Family Counseling
  • Internship II: Family Counseling
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Couple & Family Counseling/Therapy
Masters Comments

The family counseling program prepares students for employment in settings such as mental health agencies, community counseling agencies, chemical dependency programs, hospitals, marriage and family counseling clinics, crisis centers, youth agencies, court services, and others. This program meets the requirements for state licensing, the National Academy for Certified Family Therapists, Inc., and the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy Clinical Memberships

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.