Western Michigan University

Department of Counselor Education & Counseling Psychology
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The Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology (CECP) at WMU is part of the College of Education and Human Development. CECP offers two doctoral programs, one in Counseling Psychology (APA Accredited) and one in Counselor Education (CACREP Accredited. The Counselor Education doctoral program emphasizes preparation for academic leaders and supervisors/trainers. The CECP department also offers four other options at the master's level: Counseling Psychology, Counselor Education options in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or College Counseling, Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC) and Rehabilitation Counseling. The department has a longstanding tradition of training mental health services professionals. The department recognizes the importance of addressing the needs of an increasingly diverse society, and strives to increase the educational opportunities of diverse student populations and to create an atmosphere where the values and concerns of diverse populations receive attention and respect. Issues of diversity are integrated into courses throughout the curriculum, as well as developed more fully through special topics courses.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Patrick Munley
Department Emphasis
  • 45% Counselor Education
  • 45% Counseling Psychology
  • 10% Marriage & Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

3521 Sangren Hall
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI 49008-5226
United States

Phone Number
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Alan J. Hovestadt
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Foundations to Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Couple Therapy, Family Therapy
  • Advanced Family Therapy
  • Sex Therapy
  • Counseling Across the Lifespan
  • Research Methods
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Gender, Culture and Families
  • Adult-Child Interaction
  • Studies in Family Relationships
  • Couple and Family Therapy Practicum.
Graduate Accreditations/Approval
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC)
Masters Comments

The M.A. in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC) is offered by  the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology in collaboration with the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The program operates as a 60-credit hour program based on current CACREP standards and Michigan academic guidelines for dual licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Coursework includes substantive study of family processes, various family forms, individual and family life cycle issues, clinical assessment and treatment of individuals, couples and families, as well as core counseling courses.

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.