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The Department of Behavioral Sciences provides instruction at the undergraduate level in family studies. In addition, the department offers graduate degrees in human services and counseling/family therapy. As students grow spiritually, emotionally, and intellectually, we strive to: prepare students for employment working with individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations of diverse social and cultural backgrounds; equip students for lifelong learning including preparation for graduate programs in counseling, family studies, marital and family therapy, psychology, and social work; and empower and encourage students to provide community service with populations at risk through high ideals of the profession and the values of the University.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Family Studies degree plan is designed to provide an in-depth study of the family and its interrelationships with the larger community, the socialization of the child, and human interaction throughout the lifespan. The student completes an internship at a community agency related to the student's primary interests. The student's professional goals determine selection of supporting courses or specialization area, such as familes & health; families, law & public policy;family science research; family life education & guidance; or, family social services. The Family Studies graduate is qualified to work in private, non-profit, or government agencies that provide care and services for families and children.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers several master's degree programs, including a counseling psychology degree with a marriage and family therapy emphasis.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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The Graduate Program in Counseling at Texas State University is designed to provide the necessary training and course work to meet most academic requirements for credentialing and professional work in schools and mental health agencies. We believe that a well-prepared counselor is involved in and committed to a process of intentional growth that promotes pro-social autonomy, lifelong learning, and ethical behavior. These ideals are fostered within a dynamic and multi-modal learning setting in which diversity, critical thinking, self-in-context, scholarship, praxis, and the creation and integration of knowledge are celebrated. The Professional Counseling Program at Texas State University received its initial national accreditation in 2000 from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). All three emphasis areas of the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling are accredited through 2015.The M.A. Degree in Professional Counseling offers three emphases within the program: Community Counseling; Marital, Couple and Family Counseling; and School Counseling.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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The MFT Master's program is designed around an outcomes-based educational philosophy. All coursework and program experiences are intended to foster student development and contribute to the following student outcomes upon program completion: (1) Demonstrate knowledge of the history and ongoing development of the MFT discipline, within regional, national, and international contexts; (2) Demonstrate familiarity with selected traditional and contemporary MFT models, including knowledge of key individuals associated with models, unique terminology, conceptuaization of problems, role of therapist, and goals for process within each model, and applications within individual, couple, and family therapy; (3) Utilize knowledge of clients' and therapists' contexts (i.e., culture, economic, family circumstances, family status) to positively contribute to therapeutic process and outcomes; Articulate critiques of MFT models based on culture, gender, and socioeconomic status; (4) Articulate critique of MFT models based on knowledge of child development and factors influencing child development; recognize differential impact of individual and family life cycle within family system; (5) Ability to evaluate appropriateness and apply selected model(s) within individual, couple, and family modalities to facilitate therapeutic process through intake, systemic assessment, treatment planning, management of therapeutic process, evaluation of treatment outcomes, and termination; (6) Demonstrate awareness of and ability to facilitate the development of a positive therapeutic alliance to enhance clinical outcomes with all family members in all modalities of therapy; (7) Demonstrate awareness of one's own professional strengths and limitations and ability to seek and utilize supervision, peer consultation, and involvement of other professionals to enhance treatment outcomes; (8) Demonstrate ability to evaluate own professional conduct in relation to MFT ethical guidelines (AAMFT code and Texas law), recognize ethical dilemmas that may arise in practice settings, and respond appropriately; (9) Demonstrate ability to utilize empirical research and published literature from MFT and related fields to enhance therapeutic services; and (10) Demonstrate one's professional identity as a Marriage and Family Therapist through membership in local, state, and national professional MFT organizations, as well as pursuit of LMFT licensure process in Texas.

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