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Asbury Theological Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program offers instruction in the theory and practice of professional marriage and family counseling within a Christian worldview. The program prepares graduates to integrate biblical and theological understanding with historical and contemporary marriage and family counseling theory and practice.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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Asbury Theological Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father. The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program offers instruction in the theory and practice of professional marriage and family counseling within a Christian worldview. The program prepares graduates to integrate biblical and theological understanding with historical and contemporary marriage and family counseling theory and practice.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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Students in the MMFC/T program start with an assigned group or cycle of students.  New cycles begin in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.  The objectives of the MMFC/T program are to enhance professional knowledge in the area of marriage and family therapy, enhance therapeutic skills through classroom and practical experience, integrate faith and learning in the life and thought of students, and enable students to meet the academic requirements for Tennessee state licensure.  The PhD Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision program serves to train counselor educators and supervisors and serves to enhance therapeutic skills in counseling or marriage and family therapy.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Applied Psychology and Counselor Education Program Overview: At the University of Northern Colorado, you'll make the most of your future by expanding your mind and advancing your career. You'll gain an education for life through relevant coursework that helps you to reach your career goals. Our master's programs in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling/Therapy are fully accredited by CACREP. We prioritize excellence and assure that our graduates are fully prepared to work as professional counselors. Our alums have become leaders in agencies, schools, and private practice settings.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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The Department offers work for the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in sociology or rural sociology. Graduates have a broad understanding of sociology, address complex societal problems, and communicate directly with scientific colleagues and the general public. Graduate students choose a Ph.D. concentration area "Social & Economic Disparities" under which Sociology of Families would lie. This emphasis offers students advanced training in the sociology of family, intimate relationships, and life course using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. The primary objective of the concentration is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and/or practice (e.g., social services, government) in the area of family. Another objective is to assist students for whom sociology of families is a secondary area of study in their efforts to meaningfully address family related issues within their primary fields (e.g., community studies, criminology, social psychology). Teaching and research assistantships are available.

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Through an integration of the root disciplines involved in lifespan human development, the Department of Family Sciences facilitates the development of learning and competencies in students who will enhance the quality of individuals' and families' lives in a diverse global society. The Family Sciences faculty empowers students to be proactive and systemic in approach.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy (M.A. in MFT) is a non-thesis degree program requiring 60 units of coursework, successful completion of a comprehensive exam, and participation in an international experience. As part of the program, students complete a 12-month clinical practicum where they accumulate 500 direct client contact hours, of which at least 200 hours are with couples and families. Students also receive over 200 hours of supervision from both faculty and site supervisors. The MFT program at USD meets the guidelines for family therapy training set forth by the Board of Behavioral Sciences, which regulates licensure of marriage and family therapists in California. Additional requirements beyond the Masters degree must be completed to obtain the license, primarily post-degree supervised clinical experience. The USD MFT Program has also been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education. 

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Family Life Education courses are housed in the MA Religious Education Program in the Department of Discipleship and Religious Education. The program is designed for pastors, spouses, family ministries directors, and lay leaders who want to help foster or support strong families in the church as well as the community through teaching in seminars, classes, small groups, and retreats. Core courses include content in teaching, theology, research, and leadership in addition to the ten National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) content areas for family life. The courses are based on content areas that have been endorsed by the NCFR and recognized by the Adventist Association of Family Life Professionals (AAFLP). Specific courses are approved and applicable to the certification processes of these professional organizations. The program is a 48 credit course. Students are required to pass a comprehensive examination and complete a portfolio summarizing their synthesis and application of family life content. Prerequisites include a Bachelor's Degree.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of Saint Louis University's Medical Family Therapy program is to train marriage and
family therapists who are engaged in service to individuals, couples, families and the
community. Through a scholarly and reflective process, the faculty are involved in the
development of professional clinicians who understand and recognize the primacy and
importance of scientific inquiry, diversity and social justice; who respect and accept multiple
perspectives; and who strive to practice in a collaborative engagement with other professionals
and the community.

M.A. in Family Therapy (medical family therapy concentration):
The M.A. in Family Therapy is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals, couples and
families. It fulfills the course and practicum requirements toward licensure in the State of
Missouri as a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist. The program requires a minimum of 60
credit hours beyond the bachelor's degree. Prerequisites include 18 credit hours in the
behavioral sciences. Program requirements include didactic courses, two semesters of
practicum, three semesters of internship in a community setting and the attainment of a
minimum of 500 hours of direct clinical contact. The concentration in medical family therapy
prepares student to function as part of an integrated care team in addressing the
biopsychosocial needs of individuals and families.

Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy:
The Ph.D. in Medical Family Therapy is based on a systemic/relational view of individuals,
couples and families. It prepares clinicians to work within an integrated care health setting in
collaboration with medical and mental health professionals. Coursework focuses on theory,
practice and research in the field of couple and family therapy with an emphasis on intervention
in primary care medical settings and as adjunct health providers in specialty care. The doctoral
program involves a minimum of 51 credit hours of coursework beyond the master's degree, plus
comprehensive examinations and original research culminating in the dissertation (12+ credit
hours). The Ph.D. has a clinical component in which students are trained in both mental health
and medical settings as part of an integrated care team of health professionals. Students are
required to complete a nine to twelve month internship.

The Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program at Saint Louis University is accredited by
the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American
Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. The Ph.D. program is available as a part-time or
a full-time program.

Career Paths:
Possible careers include academic positions, research, clinical positions in medical and mental
health centers, private practice and consulting.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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Duquesne University Counselor Education Program offers students an opportunity to complete the Master of Science in Education in School Counseling (K-12), Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or Marriage and Family Counseling. All three areas are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational programs (CACREP).

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Central Connecticut State University, conveniently located off major highways in the center of the state, offers both part- and full-time study opportunities for persons interested in pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy. The program is nationally accredited by AAMFTs Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). The MFT programs intensive 51 credit hour specialization is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical background as a foundation for intensive clinical training in systemic approaches to human problems. The curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements for Connecticut Licensure for Marital and Family Therapists and AAMFT Clinical Membership. Unique features of the program include training in "Action Methods" with Dr. Daniel Wiener and optional training in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy with Dr. Ralph Cohen, developed by Dr. Richard C. Schwartz. Clinical placements and intensive faculty supervision emphasize the development of effective therapeutic skills to meet the challenges of the new climate in health care service delivery. Emphasis is also placed on the development of the "person of the therapist." A key theme of the program is respect for diversity of people and lifestyles in families. The Graduate faculty consists of AAMFT Approved Supervisors and Licensed MFTs who are highly experienced both as teachers and as clinicians in the MFT field. All courses are taught by faculty members who are dedicated to the training of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) program helps you prepare for a career in which you look forward to helping others and contributing to a stronger community, and where you daily make a difference in the lives of others. The nation's elderly population is growing, single parent families are increasing, and greater numbers of children are in child care. These trends create high demand for HDFS graduates. The program provides an understanding of the whole person over the life span, in different contexts and cultures. Graduates of the HDFS program find careers as active, dynamic, and versatile human service professionals. For those already in the field of human services, HDFS degrees provide opportunities for further advancement.  Both Baccalaureate and Associate degrees are available.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
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Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service regarding lifespan human development in the context of the family, community, and society. HDFS offers an interdisciplinary approach to individual and family development across the lifespan. As one of the premier departments of its kind, we focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, biological aspects of human development, family studies, intervention research, and developmental research methods.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Accredited Institute

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Briercrest Seminary is designed to provide the academic requirements for non-accredited programs for students wishing to pursue membership in the AAMFT. A combination of resident full-time and adjunct faculty provides for a breadth and depth of exposure to the various fields necessary for a well-rounded preparation for the practice of marriage and family therapy. Academic courses are supplemented by experiential practicum and internship requirements that emphasize both the person-of-the-therapist, with an emphasis on narrative identity of the therapist arising out of family of origin narratives, and the skills of the therapist, with an emphasis on practices guided by the ideals of narrative therapy. Most core courses are offered in one week modules, with some courses offered online making our program flexible and available for non-resident students.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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The School of Human Ecology is a community of teacher/scholars representing four distinct, yet interrelated, disciplines with a shared value of educating and preparing students for career opportunities in business, industry, education, government, and social agencies. Faculty strive for excellent teaching strengthened by scholarship and service. The strength of the curriculum is the multi-disciplinary foundation of each of the specialties that come together with a coordinated and integrated focus. Students will develop as professionals, providing leadership in a diverse, global marketplace which emphasizes technical, interpersonal and people management skills. The integration of the disciplines within School of Human Ecology will empower students to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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The mission of the Child Development and Family Relations major is to prepare students for professional positions in child developmental and family services. These positions can be found in federal, state, and local programs and agencies. Students are prepared to provide direct services and to assume positions of leadership in human services related fields. Graduates are also prepared to further their education in Child Development, Family Studies, and related areas.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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The Department of Human Environmental Studies houses the Family Studies Program. It is one of six options in the Department. Family Studies has five faculty that are teaching at both the main campus and the regional campuses in southeast Missouri. The family Studies Program operates three Centers that are used for practicum and internship rotations for the majors and minors in Family Studies. The Centers are University School for Young Children, the Horizon Enrichment Center for Developmentally Disabled Young Adults and the Hoover Center Adult Day Program. In addition, Family Studies staff conduct grant programs and research that yearly total 1.1 million dollars.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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The department offers an undergraduate major in Family and Child Life with specializations in Family Science or Child Life, as well as minors in Family Science and Child Development. A graduate degree in Family and Child Life is also offered.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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Human Ecology is an interdisciplinary department that offers a holistic systems approach to examine the interrelationships that individuals and families have with social, economic, and political factors and conditions. This student-centered, research intensive department offers a BSc in Human Ecology with a major in Family Ecology (minors in Aging, Child and Youth Studies, Community Diversity, Community Ecology, Community Nutrition, International Development), MSc in Aging, MSc in Family Ecology and Practice, and a PhD in Human Ecology (with streams in Aging and Children, Youth and Families). Undergraduate and graduate programs focus on individuals and families across the life course, and on the development and evaluation of policy and programs to enhance individual and family well-being. Research programs focus on understanding the physical, economic, and social aspects of aging with a focus on aging well, and on enhancing the health and well-being of children, youth, and families across the life course with an emphasis on vulnerable groups.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Master's
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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Our mission is to strengthen families and communities with an emphasis on rural environments. We recognize that societies are increasingly dynamic and interdependent. Therefore, we aspire to fulfill our mission through instructional, research, and outreach/extension efforts that challenge, motivate, and inspire learners and educators to be effective personal and professional contributors within this global arena.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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Accredited Institute

The program in Human Development and Family Studies offers students a variety of options in preparing for careers in applied settings, teaching and research. In the undergraduate program in Child Development and Family Relations, students have the option to concentrate on early childhood education. In the graduate program, students can expect seminars averaging 8-12 students and close contact with faculty.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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The Department of Sociology and Family Studies offers an undergraduate major in Sociology leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Within the major, the department offers coursework leading to the provisional designation of Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE), concentrations in Gerontology and Criminology, and minor programs in Sociology and Family Studies. The department also offers an online degree in Sociology. At the graduate level, the department offers an online Master of Science in Family Studies.The department aims to prepare students for the many occupations in human services, health care, personnel management, government, and the justice system for which preparation in sociology, family studies, gerontology, and criminology are appropriate, or for advanced study in graduate and professional schools leading to teaching and research position.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The emphasis of the graduate programs in couple and family therapy is on training therapists to be both culturally aware and culturally competent. This program is an excellent foundation upon which to build your future career in couple and family therapy within the context of a highly culturally diverse marketplace.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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This 60-unit Master of Science program is designed for students who are seeking to become master's level psychotherapists. The program does not prepare students for pursuing a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. The MS program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical training to prepare them to work in a variety of clinical, counseling, and mental health settings. The training in San Jose State University's MS in Clinical program emphasizes a scientific understanding and case formulation of psychopathology, known as an evidence based practice approach to psychotherapy. The program centers on a required core of academic coursework that meets the education requirements for the California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). Both licenses requires 3,000 hours of approved supervised clinical experience by the California State licensing board (the BBS). Note that the requirements of these two licenses are different for both coursework and number of pre- and post-degree clinical hours. Our program meets the BBS requirements for licensure in both paths, though (as stated above), the program is deficient in one course (Career Counseling) that must be taken before licensure can occur.

The MS in Clinical Psychology prepares students for positions in mental health clinics, hospitals, and residential treatment centers, and emphasizes the importance of community mental health and serving diverse and under-represented populations. This program is ideal for students whose ultimate goal is to work as Marriage Family Therapists in hospital, community mental health, and independent practice settings. The MS in Clinical Psychology degree also prepares students for careers as consultants to schools and other agencies on matters relating to family dynamics and individual functioning.

The MS Clinical Psychology program at SJSU has a focus on the use and evaluation of assessment data throughout psychological interventions. We also emphasize the importance of using sound psychological theory in combination with the empirical literature on supported clinical interventions. This focus adheres to the applied or practitioner component of a scientist-practitioner or clinical scientist model of training.

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