University of Florida

Department of Counselor Education
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The Marriage and Family Counseling (EDC) program specialization emphasizes an ecosystemic approach to understanding human problems and generating solution opportunities. Students learn to moderate solution-oriented conversations among interested parties (i.e., stakeholders) who are invited to seek "double descriptions" of mutual concerns and problems, to listen carefully to each other, to entertain and invent multiple solution possibilities, and to construct new narratives of cooperation and commitment.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Harry Daniels (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 34% Family Therapy
  • 33% Child/Human Development
  • 33% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1215 Norman Hall
POB 117046
Gainesville, FL 32611-7046
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Ellen S. Amatea
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Counseling in Community Settings
  • Spiritual Issues in Multicultural Counseling
  • Diagnosis & Treatment of Mental Disorders
  • Assessment in Counseling & Development
  • Career Development
  • Personality & Advanced Counseling Theories
  • Counseling Theories & Applications
  • Play Counseling & Play Process with Children
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Introduction to Family Counseling
  • Marriage Counseling
  • Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Developmental Counseling Over the Life Span
  • Sexuality & Mental Health
  • Group Counseling: Theories & Procedures
  • Educational Mediation
  • Professional, Ethical, & Legal Issues in Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Professional Identity & Ethics in Counseling
  • Supervision for a Split Internship
  • Individual Work
  • Supervised Research
  • Supervised Teaching
  • Research for Master's Thesis
  • Project in Lieu of Thesis
  • Brief Therapy
  • Advanced Family Counseling
  • Consultation Procedures
  • Seminar in Counseling Research
  • Research in Counseling & Development
  • Practicum I (Counseling), II (Agency), & III (Marriage & Family)
  • Group Supervision in Marriage & Family counseling
  • Practicum in Counseling Supervision
  • Internship
  • Advanced Research
  • Research for Doctoral Dissertation
  • Counseling Skills for Non-Counselors
  • Counseling with Children
  • Counseling Adolescents
  • Family, Student Development & Role of Teacher as Adviser
  • Organization & Administration of Guidance & Personnel Programs
  • Trauma & Crisis Intervention
  • Spiritual & Transpersonal Issues in Counseling
  • Death & Dying
  • Family Violence
  • Doctoral Integrative Seminar
  • Women's Issues in the Counseling Profession
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
Masters Comments

The Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy program specialization prepares graduates who: Establish a professional identity as Marriage and Family Therapists; Have specialized knowledge of and experience in assisting persons who present with a diverse array of couple and family problems (e.g., regarding intimate relating, marital discord, divorce, child-rearing, family/school conflicts, family violence, suicide, and medical/psychiatric distress); Have specialized knowledge and skills for mental health service delivery within a specific mental health service setting and/or with specific, targeted mental health service recipients; Have general knowledge of clinical, developmental, systemic, and social-ecological theories of human behavior, human development, and human relating; Have general knowledge of and experience with systemic and social-ecological intervention modalities appropriate for a broad range of mental health service recipients and mental health service settings; Have general knowledge of and respect for the influences of culture/ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class, and have experience in working with a broad array of clientele representing such diversity; Interact effectively with the full spectrum of mental health professionals; and Provide competent professional service and leadership within the mental health field upon graduation.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
Doctoral Comments

The doctoral program prepares students for careers in academia and advanced clinical and administrative positions. Our program aligns with the University of Florida mission to prepare the next generation of scholars and professional leaders. Thus, our doctoral program is a good fit for individuals who want to fulfill the roles of counselor educators - research, writing, teaching, service, securing external funding to support scholarship, assuming professional leadership positions, etc. The doctoral program is ideally suited for individuals with previously earned masters and at least two years of clinical experience.

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.

Program Approved Since
CFLE Contact
Silvia Echevarria-Doan
CFLE Contact Email