University of Oregon

Department of Counseling Psychology & Human Services
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Programs in the Department of Counseling Psychology and Human Services educate and train professionals in counseling psychology, prevention science, couples and family therapy, and family and human services. Students are trained to effectively identify, treat, and prevent psychological problems in children, adolescents, adults, and families. At the doctoral level, students extend scientific knowledge through research in collaboration with faculty mentors. Field placements, practicum placements, and internships at all levels of training provide students with opportunities to practice in schools, community agencies, and clinical and research settings under the supervision of faculty members, agency personnel, and collaborating scholars. Three programs in the CPHS Department are formally accredited by the corresponding professional accrediting body (Counseling Psychology-APA, Couples & Family Therapy-COAMFTE, and Family & Humans Services-CSHSE).

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Benedict McWhirter
Department Emphasis
  • 25% Counseling Psychology
  • 25% Couples & Family Therapy
  • 25% FAmily & Human Services
  • 25% Prevention Science
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

5251 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5251
United States

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Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Family & Human Services (B.Ed.)
  • Family & Human Services (B.A.)
  • Family & Human Services (B.S.)
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Exploring Family and Human Services
  • Diversity in Human Services
  • Organizational Issues in Human Services
  • Family Systems: Research and Theory
  • Child-Family Issues and Resources
  • Individual/Group Interventions I & II
  • Field Studies I, II, & III
  • Supervision Issues
  • Research in Human Services
  • Professional Practices
  • Senior Project Proposal
  • Senior Project
  • Prevention of Youth Violence
  • Prevention of Interpersonal Violence
  • topical workshops
Undergrad Comments

The Family and Human Services program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education. The major prepares professionals for roles that assist children, youth, adults, and families with life-long learning in human service settings. Diversity issues are infused throughout the curriculum. The FHS major explores the various ways in which society helps and hinders today's families to function well for both adults and children. The FHS major prepares students to work with individuals and families in a variety of roles and settings within human service agencies.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Deanna Linville (Couples & Family Therapy), Dr. Krista Chronister (Counseling Psychology), Dr. Elizabeth Skowron (Prevention Science)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Parenting
  • CFT Models I
  • Family Theory
  • Professional Ethical Issues
  • Survey of Educational Research Methods
  • Child/Adolescent Mental Health & Diagnosis
  • Medical Family Therapy
  • Mental Health & Diagnosis
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Violence, Trauma & Healing
  • Wellness & Spirituality Across the Lifecycle
  • Theories of Career Development
  • Couples Therapy
  • Advanced Theory
  • Contemporary Issues in Addiction
  • Relational Assessment
  • Child & Family
  • Interventions
  • Human
  • Sexuality
  • Beginning
  • Practicum
  • Advanced Practicum
  • Externship
  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive-Affective Aspects of Behavior
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Mental Health & Diagnosis
  • History & Systems in Psychology
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Theories of Career Development
  • Child-Family Interventions
  • Community & Preventive Interventions
  • Beginning Practicum
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Adult Practicum
  • Child/Family Practicum
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Intellectual Assessment
  • Dissertation
  • Internship
  • Professional Ethics
  • Introduction to Counseling Psychology
  • Supervision & Agency Administration
  • Supervised College Teaching
  • Prevention Science
  • Research Design & Statistics
  • Lifespan Developmental Psychology
  • Community & Prevention Interventions
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Counseling Diverse Populations
  • Health Psychology
  • Theories of Career Development
  • Prevention of Interpersonal Violence
  • Prevention Ethics
  • Prevention Science Capstone Seminar
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Couples & Family Therapy (M.S.)
  • Prevention Science (M.Ed.)
Masters Comments

The Couples and Family Therapy graduate program is a two-year master's program (M.S.) that trains students to become professional family therapists in preparation for state licensure. (The remainder of the paragraph has no changes).

The Prevention Science master's program (M.Ed.) is a 1 year, 45 credit program designed to prepare students for obtaining employment in research and community settings, entry into a doctoral program, or further training in clinically-oriented master's programs. The program emphasizes research training in psychological foundations, research competencies, and effective interventions to identify and reduce malleable risk factors, enhance protective factors, and contribute to the evidenced-based practices that promote psychological and public health. Attention to human diversity, multicultural competency development, and advancing social justice is infused throughout the students' coursework and research training.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Counseling Psychology
Doctoral Comments

The Counseling Psychology (CPSY) doctoral program at the University of Oregon prepares students to be scientist-practitioners who contribute to the field through teaching, scholarly research, and professional practice. Using an ecological framework, students are trained to provide prevention and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. Our program is committed to social justice, multicultural competency, diversity, and community- based practice. The CPSY program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1955.

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.