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The Couple and Family Counseling/therapy Program program trains students for the degree of Masters in Couple and Family Counseling. The mission of the Department of Counselor Education (of which the Couple and Family Counseling is a part) is to select the most motivated applicants for its program and prepare them to become effective professionals in the field of counseling and human development. Counselor preparation combines three areas: 1) the knowledge base necessary to work in the field; 2) a variety of counseling skills; and 3) personal attributes. The successful student will learn how to use apply theory in practice with couples and families and prepares to work in a variety of settings. The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 credit hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Family Counseling. The M.A. in Family Counseling program fulfills the educational requirements for the two levels of licensure as professional counselors in the State of Illinois: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). Graduates of this program also meet the educational requirements of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Membership and the Marriage and Family Therapy license (LMFT) in the State of Illinois. The Family Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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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.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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The Division of Psychology and Counseling at Governors State University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology and a CACREP-accredited graduate degree in Counselor Education. Psychology includes a graduate degree with a theoretical or clinical track. The Counseling Program includes tracks in Community Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling, and School Counseling. The Division of Psychology and Counseling has world-renowned faculty and strives to meet the University mission of offering creative, innovative, challenging, and financially accessible programs. Governors State University is located south of Chicago.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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In 2010, US News and World Report ranked marriage and family therapy as one of the best 50 careers. According to the report, an increased acceptance of marriage and family therapy will result in a projected industry growth of 14% between 2008 and 2018. The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MAF) program will prepare you to join this relevant field.

In the program, you'll complete coursework and practicums focused on understanding and integrating individual lifestyle dynamics within marital and family systems. You'll also obtain assessment skills in major models of marital and family therapy. All experiences will emphasize the application of skills in advocacy, consultation, systems change, and leadership.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's