University of Miami

Department of Educational & Psychological Studies
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Located in the highly international and diverse community of Miami, Florida, the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies (EPS) housed in the School of Education and Human Development prepares reflective leaders, researchers, methodologists, and practitioners to improve psychological, educational, and community well-being. At EPS we educate mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, researchers and doctoral-level psychologists in an APA accredited program. In addition, we offer an undergraduate major in Human and Social Development which prepares students for masters and doctoral level studies in counseling and related fields.

The Department of EPS is made up of the following five master's programs: Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Community and Social Change, Research, Measurement and Evaluation, and Higher Education Leadership. We also offer a post-Master's Certificate Latino Mental Health Program aimed at enhancing clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of Latino clients. The Department of EPS offers four doctoral programs: Counseling Psychology, Research, Measurement and Evaluation, Higher Education Leadership, and Community Well-Being. In addition, we have a Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center (CEW) that promotes individual, interpersonal, institutional, and community well-being by studying the educational, psychological, physical, and social determinants of well-being.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Laura Kohn-Wood
Department Emphasis
  • 30% Mental Health Counseling
  • 27% Counseling Psychology
  • 22% Community and Social Change
  • 16% Marriage & Family Therapy
  • 5% Counseling and Research
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Community - Doctoral
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

P.O. Box 248065
Miami, FL 33124-2040
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Lydia Buki (Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology, Dr. Anabel Bejarano (Master's Programs in Counseling), Dr. Courte Voorhees (Master's in Community & Social Change), and Dr. Dina Birman (Doctoral Program in Community Well-Being).
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Human Development
  • Professional, Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Psychopathology
  • Family Systems
  • Family Therapy
  • Couple's Therapy
  • Diversity
  • Assessment I & II
  • Counseling Theory and Practice
  • Substance Abuse
  • Assessment and Therapy with Children and Adults
  • Sexuality
  • Spanish for Mental health Professionals
  • Psychological Interventions with Hispanic/Latino Populations
  • Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
Masters Comments

Strengths of our Master's training program are close working relationships with faculty; diversity among faculty, students, and clients; focus on multicultural aspects of counseling; healthy, supportive learning environment; in-house training clinic in which faculty do individual and group supervision.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Community Well-Being
Doctoral Comments

We have a balanced program in research and clinical work. Faculty work closely to assist students in achieving excellence. We offer many clinical and research opportunities with diverse populations.

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.