Southern Illinois University

Department of Education Psychology & Special Education
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The Department of Education Psychology and Special Education offers graduate studies leading to the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology. The mission of the Counselor Education Program is to prepare professionals in community/agency, school, and marriage, couples and family counseling and to provide opportunities for on-going learning and development. The program serves a diverse student body from the quad-state area of southern Illinois, southeast Missouri, southern Indiana, and northern Kentucky; regional and national urban centers; and the international arena. Faculty expect graduates to be knowledgeable and skilled in their cognitive area of expertise, to be understanding and sensitive to the needs of the diverse populations they serve, and to be skilled in the creative application of current technologies. Faculty are committed to preparing ethically responsible counselors who are critically reflective about their profession and who recognize they must continue to learn and refine their knowledge, values, and skills throughout their professional lives.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Julia Champe
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
20,000
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

625 Wham Drive
Mail Code 4618
Carbondale, IL 62901
United States

Phone Number
618-536-7763
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Asner-Self
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Couple and Family Counseling
  • Seminar in Couple and Family Counseling
  • Practicum in Couple and Family Counseling
  • Family and Systems Counseling
  • Human Sexuality
  • Counseling Skill Development
  • Counseling Theory
  • Introduction to Community Counseling
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Basic or Inferential Statistics
  • Cross-cultural Factors
  • Appraisal in Counseling
  • Group Theory
  • Research and Evaluation in Counseling
  • Life Span Development
  • Internship
  • Individual Research
  • Family Communication
  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Substance Abuse and the Family
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
Masters Comments

The masters program in Marital,Couple and Family Counseling is a 63 credit hour program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs and has been deemed a comprehensive program by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation. The latter means program graduates have met the educational requirements to sit for the MFT license in Illinois. Emphasis is placed on systems thinking and theory, interpersonal relationships, knowledge acquisition and competent skill application to a diverse population of couples and families. Students enrolled in the Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling program have the unique opportunity to participate in live supervision experiences while completing a year-long, two semester practicum in the University's Clinical Center. Reflecting Teams are utilized to enhance student learning and skill development.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Counselor Education
Doctoral Comments

The Ph.D. Program in Counselor Education is CACREP accredited and committed to preparing flexible, dynamic, multiculturally competent, ethical, clinically skilled, and knowledgeable professionals for positions as counselor educators in university settings; as clinicians and/or counselor supervisors in schools and community settings; and/or directors of community agency settings. Doctoral students are exposed immediately to supervised teaching and graduate with extensive teaching experience in the core counseling courses as well as courses specific to the student's concentration (e.g. community; marital, couple, family; school; substance abuse). Students also receive extensive training in individual, group, reflecting, and triadic supervision and conduct extensive supervision of master's level counselors-in-training. Doctoral students work with faculty on research (both quantitative and qualitative) and on developing their own research agenda resulting in professional presentations and publications.

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.