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The Department of Human Development and Family Science equips students with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to enhance the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan in diverse social and cultural settings. Within the context of Christian faith and values, the Department prepares students, through experiential and application opportunities, to pursue leadership, service, and reconciliation, locally, nationally, and globally.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The goal of this program is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to study and work with individuals and families. This program draws from theory and research that examines the process of human development across the lifespan and the dynamic interaction of family members.

Through coursework, observation, and practical experiences, students will be equipped with the necessary skills for additional specialized training and for employment in a variety of educational and social service settings designed to enhance the healthy development of individuals, couples, and families.

Admissions information, system general education requirements, institutional graduation requirements, and college requirements in addition to the major requirements are stated in the undergraduate catalog.

Minor programs that compliment this major include: sociology, psychology, health sciences, consumer affairs, gerontology, juvenile justice, and recreation.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - 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.  We offer both associate and baccalaureate degrees.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Human Services Program at Stevenson University prepares students for careers in human services and/or for graduate school in programs such as marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, and school counseling. Underlying the program's curriculum is the belief that the most effective way to learn about people and about how to help them is by actually interacting with them. Therefore, hands-on experiences in the field are a significant part of the program. The curriculum focuses on theory, research, and application. Coursework is composed of (1) courses that fulfill the College's liberal arts requirements, (2) courses that examine the development of functioning of families and individuals, and (3) skills courses that focus on how to help families and individuals. The Human Services Program has been accredited with the Council on Standards for Human Service Education (CSHSE).

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
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The master's in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to promote sensitivity to change and to advance professional competency in the field in a manner that fosters leadership, clinical proficiency, ethical sensitivity, and respect for diversity to better enable our graduates to be of service to the people in their communities. The program's basic orientation is the General Systems paradigm within which students are exposed to the structural, strategic, and systematic approaches, in addition to the other major modalities of the discipline.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Marriage and Family Therapy Program (MFT) is housed in the Department of Applied Psychology along with Programs in Counseling Psychology and Dance Movement Therapy. All Programs are designed for adult learners with an emphasis on experiential learning and the integration of theory and practice. Master's program classes meet one or two days per week with the remainder of the time devoted to clinical practice, while the PhD program meets two to three days per week and focuses on training teachers, supervisors, and researchers. The MFT Program offers a broad-based view of family therapy theory, encouraging students to find their own places in the field, and provides a foundation in working with larger systems from the perspective of social justice. The MFT program includes both masters and doctoral degrees. Both the MA and PhD Programs are accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Our mission is to achieve excellence and innovation in scholarship, teaching, and outreach in order to promote the optimal development, health, and well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.  Through its multidisciplinary community of students, mentors, and scholars, the program prepares students to understand development from birth through old age, with an emphasis on the economic, social, and political forces that shape family and individual development throughout the lifespan.  Our undergraduate and graduate programs create reflective practitioners ready to work with diverse families in early childhood education and intervention settings, parent support programs, couple and family therapy programs, social services, gerontology, and advocacy programs.  The undergraduate program of study leads to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.  The graduate program leads to a Masters of Science with a concentration in couple and family therapy, or a concentration in Developmental Science.  

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Family Studies seeks to better equip for human services by offering a bachelor program in Family and Human Services and a minor in Family Studies. This innovative curriculum follows the course guidelines of the National Council on Family Relations as closely as possible, incorporating Family Studies courses with coursework from other departments to provide the student theological, theoretical, and practical training. Students who have earned the degree in Family and Human Services serve in a variety of capacities such as family educators, family caseworkers, social services, youth counselors, mental health technicians, dispute mediators, foster care caseworkers, and adoption and placement counselors. The degree in Family and Human Services provides an excellent foundation for graduate programs in marriage and family therapy, professional counseling, social work, family education, and other related fields.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program provides academic and clinical training for a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. Marriage and family therapists are mental health professionals trained and licensed to independently diagnose and treat mental health and substance abuse problems. Students are trained to treat relational mental health issues with individuals, couples and families from a family systems perspective. Licensed marriage and family therapists work in a variety of settings which include hospitals, clinical/social service agencies, churches, educational institutions and private practices.

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy is a 60-unit program. The program is designed to integrate both theory and practice, grounded in Christian principles, to help families restore broken relationships, resolve life challenges, and develop satisfying relationships. Sound research skills, theoretical teaching, practical application, and clinical training are core to the curriculum. The faculty guide students through academic studies, clinical courses, self-assessment measures, and professional development which all provide a rich educational experience. The MFT program at Hope International University accepts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations. The MFT program is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge, skill, and professionalism to respect people indiscriminate of background, age, gender, race, etc.

Program Mission

The Marriage and Family Therapy program (MFT) develops highly trained counselors, grounded in Christian principles, who help families to restore broken relationships, resolve life challenges, and develop adequate and satisfying relationships.

Program Purpose

The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program provides academic and clinical training for a career as professional marriage and family therapist. Students are trained to treat relational mental health issues with individuals, couples, and families from a family systems perspective.

Program Objectives

Knowledge

Demonstrate knowledge related to 1) clinical case conceptualization, diagnosis, intervention, and the use of community mental health resources, 2) knowledge of the principles of marriage and family therapy, and 3) to write and articulate their personal theoretical model for therapy.

Professionalism

Demonstrate skills that reflect high standards of professionalism and commitment to ethical and professional behavior consistent with the standards of counseling and psychology and Christian principles.

Clinical

Demonstrate clinical skills and the ability to apply innovative therapeutic techniques to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families.

Research

Be able to critically evaluate and conduct clinical research related to all aspects of therapy ensuring the highest quality of therapeutic skill related to all aspects of therapy ensuring the highest quality of therapeutic skill

The following are Program Learning Outcomes (PLO) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) defined by the MFT program.

MFT Program Goals and Objectives

PLO 1. Knowledge: Student will demonstrate essential knowledge (1) related to clinical case conceptualization, diagnosis, intervention, and the use of community mental health resources, (2) knowledge of the principles of marriage and family therapy, and (3) to write and articulate their personal theoretical model for therapy.

SLO 1.1: Students articulate a theoretical and conceptual systems framework and personal therapeutic approach for marital and family issues.

SLO 1.2: Students demonstrate knowledge and application of key concepts related to systems thinking, contextual factors, human development, psychological, social, biological, and spiritual factors effecting human relationships.

SLO 1.3: Students demonstrate awareness of issues of diversity and practice culturally sensitive family therapy.

SLO 1.4: Students demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal standards in marriage and family therapy.

SLO 1.5: Students will evidence the integration of comprehensive knowledge of clinical and family systems concepts and processes in oral and written communication.

SLO 1.6 Students will demonstrate knowledge of a Christian worldview and how this impacts the therapeutic relationship.

PLO 2. Professionalism: Student will demonstrate skills that reflect high standards of professionalism and commitment to ethical and professional behavior consistent with the standards of counseling and psychology and Christian principles.

SLO 1.1: Students articulate a theoretical and conceptual systems framework and personal therapeutic approach for marital and family issues.

SLO 1.2: Students demonstrate knowledge and application of key concepts related to systems thinking, contextual factors, human development, psychological, social, biological, and spiritual factors effecting human relationships.

SLO 1.3: Students demonstrate awareness of issues of diversity and practice culturally sensitive family therapy.

SLO 1.4: Students demonstrate an understanding of ethical and legal standards in marriage and family therapy.

SLO 1.5: Students will evidence the integration of comprehensive knowledge of clinical and family systems concepts and processes in oral and written communication.

SLO 1.6 Students will demonstrate knowledge of a Christian worldview and how this impacts the therapeutic relationship.

PLO 2. Professionalism: Student will demonstrate skills that reflect high standards of professionalism and commitment to ethical and professional behavior consistent with the standards of counseling and psychology and Christian principles.

SLO 2.1: Student will demonstrate personal qualities that are intimately related to counseling situations such as integrity, sensitivity, flexibility, insight, compassion, and personal presence.

SLO 2.2: Students will be familiar with psychotherapy and recovery oriented resources.

SLO 2.3: Students will be able to apply complex clinical and theoretical knowledge and skills in providing professional services.

SLO 2.4: Students will demonstrate an understanding of the recursive nature of spirituality and its impact on the therapeutic process.

PLO 3. Clinical: Student will demonstrate clinical skills and the ability to apply innovative therapeutic techniques to meet the diverse needs of individuals and families.

SLO 3.1: Students will use appropriate clinical and family systems oriented language in oral and written communication.

SLO 3.2: Students will identify and incorporate into treatment psychological, biological, social, and spiritual factors that influence relationships.

SLO 3.3: Students will critically evaluate their theoretical approach to therapy in light of its compatibility or incompatibility with the Christian faith and its application to the practice of marriage and family therapy.

SLO 3.4: Students will demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of human diversity issues and their impact on the therapeutic process.

SLO 3.5: Students will be able to identify and apply Christian principles to the practice of marriage and family therapy.

PLO 4. Research: Student will be able to critically evaluate and conduct clinical research related to all aspects of therapy ensuring the highest quality of therapeutic skill.

SLO 4.1: Demonstrate knowledge of current trends and research methods in the field of marriage and family therapy.

SLO 4.2: Students will review empirical studies of psychology, counseling, and psychotherapy, analyze and synthesize research findings and draw appropriate inferences.

SLO 4.3: Students will conduct relevant research in the area of psychology, counseling, and relationships, especially focusing on how this research impacts marriage and family therapy.

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking entry into the MFT program must apply for admission to the Graduate and Online Admissions Department. Applicants must provide official transcripts for all college-level coursework. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 for undergraduate work is required. In addition, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation and a comprehensive career statement (instructions may be obtained from the Admissions Department) to the Graduate Admissions office. Full instructions for the application process are available through the Graduate Admissions office, or on-line at www.hiu.edu. Upon completion of all application materials, the MFT admissions committee obtains and reviews each prospective student’s file prior to initial contact from the department for a faculty interview. Viable candidates proceed to an extensive on-campus personal interview with a faculty or staff member of the MFT Program.

Students who have a low GPA (below 3.0) are required to submit a letter of explanation and viability for entrance into the MFT program. Probationary acceptance may be granted if other factors give evidence of the applicant's ability to successfully complete the program. The probationary status will be removed when the student has successfully completed nine semester units with a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher.

Program Format

The program is uniquely formatted, enabling students to attend full-time or part-time. Courses are offered during the day on Tuesdays or Thursdays, and/or Tuesday and Thursday evenings. There may be courses offered on either a Monday or Wednesday evening as well. Fall and Spring terms are 16 weeks and comprised of two modules consisting of eight weeks each, and the entire program may be completed in 24 months. Summer term is 8-10 weeks depending on the course.

In addition to academic course requirements, students are placed in community based clinical training sites where students gain hands-on clinical training experience with diverse clientele. Students are supervised by licensed mental health professionals who have met rigorous supervision standards.

California Board of Behavioral Sciences

The MFT degree meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in California, including the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, Section 4980.37, .38, .40, and .41. With approval of the BBS, graduates may sit for their licensing examination upon the completion of 3,000 supervised hours.

Commission of Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapist Education

The Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s program at Hope International University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The programs in Family and Child Sciences provides understanding of family relationships over the life span. We emphasize the diversity of families and how children and families are influenced by the broader environment and change over time. Students learn to apply this knowledge in working with children, youth and families in various professional settings through practicum experiences. Such experiences occur in a variety of human service agencies and organizations, educational and child care centers, and child and family advocacy organizations. The master's degree provides advanced knowledge of family process, child development, and evidence-based interventions; both a thesis and non-thesis options are available. Two doctoral programs are available: Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science. Both address relational development and enhancement of young adults, couples, and families; distressed families and relational interventions; and the link between parenting process and relational outcomes within the diversity of contemporary families.  Both programs are highly research-focused and emphasize preparing the next generation of scholars with the goal of placing students in careers at colleges and universities, research units, and public policy organizations.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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Offering master's (M.A) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in marriage and family, the Department of Marriage & Family Therapy provides students with the education and experience they need to become qualified family therapists. Graduates of our programs work in public and private mental health agencies and health maintenance organizations (HMOs), as well as in private practice. Students benefit from training in culturally sensitive therapy and a focus on the development of the self of the therapist,components of our programs that have garnered national recognition. Students are also exposed to a broad base of family therapy theories, as well as couple therapy, child development, and cultural diversity, and may sample from multiple clinical electives.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Argosy University - Salt Lake City offers a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy designed to meet Utah requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist. The MA in Marriage and Family Therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. The program introduces students to skills that integrate systemic theoretical foundations of marriage and family therapy into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills. The program faculty are practicing clinicians committed to training students to be competent and effective as licensed marriage and family therapists in a wide variety of diverse clinical settings.The Argosy University Salt Lake City Marriage & Family Therapy program is committed to educating and training students to pursue a professional career as master's-level practitioners who can function ethically and effectively as skilled professionals with demonstrated knowledge of social and cultural diversity. This goal of this Salt Lake City master degree program is achieved through a curriculum designed to integrate basic therapy, and practicum/field experience into appropriate client interaction and intervention skills for utilization in a wide variety of settings with diverse clients.  Throughout the MAMFT program, students are asked to demonstrate competence in the following learning outcomes: theoretical and clinical knowledge, individual development and family relations, professional identity and ethics, research, and interpersonal effectiveness. 

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Child and Family Studies Program at Nipissing University is a unique program with a particular focus on two thematic areas of study:

1) Human Development and Learning; and

2) Child and Family Well-Being: Issues, Services, and Social Justice. Students can pursue a General or Honours program of study.

Multidisciplinary Approach

The CHFS program engages students in a multidisciplinary approach to the study of children and families. In drawing on disciplines and fields such as psychology, sociology, political science, social welfare, and social work, the program develops a broad and in-depth understanding of issues and themes related to children and families. The focus of the program includes but is not limited to psychological development, the increasing variation in family structure, the changing roles of men and women, the status of children, children's rights, and the role and status of caregiving in society. Students who select this program would be interested in the changing interrelationships among individual development, family systems, communities, and the larger culture. Program objectives include providing students with a solid educational basis upon which to pursue their future goals, whether related to post-degree educational pursuits (such as education or social work), or career aspirations in areas like child welfare, community mental health, social services, and counseling. The possibility of jobs in these areas is excellent.

Thematic Areas of Study

The two thematic areas of study are designed to prepare students for these future aspirations and goals. Coursework in the 'Human Development and Learning' thematic area reflects and enhances program objectives, notably in relation to education, and coursework in the thematic area of 'Child and Family Well-Being: Issues, Services, and Social Justice', encourages students to exercise their critical thinking capacities in assessing the conditions of child and family well-being in a variety of policy and practice areas, as well as within societies and culture generally.

Nipissing University is continually ranked with A grades for:

  • Quality of Teaching
  • Campus Atmosphere
  • Class Size (A+)
  • Student Residences
  • Academic Support Services
    (According to Globe and Mail - GlobeCampus)

Don't take it from us, here's what student's say:

  • "The best thing ... is being able to see your professors outside the classroom and they greet you on a first-name basis. There is nothing better than being able to talk to your professor like they are a friend."
  • "There is a large focus on research at the undergraduate level which does not always happen at larger universities. This gives Nipissing science students a path to further education and graduate schools."
  • "It is in a very scenic, northern setting. There are many trails on campus and a pond and waterfall to relax by to relieve stress and just think."
  • "The residences here are amazing with excellent dons and managers and activities. The residences are new and have amazing laundry, phone and kitchen facilities."
  • "Recreational and athletic programs offer a wide variety, lots of activities to sign up for, appropriate for all levels of skill."
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Counselor Education program faculty adhere to the scientist problem-solver model of training. Consistent with this approach are the program goals of graduating students who have extensive knowledge of counseling theories and practice, possess a high level of competency in providing professional services, have the skills necessary to evaluate research relevant to their practice, and are committed to evaluating their own clinical and programmatic interventions. Although coursework covers the wide spectrum of counseling concerns and client functioning, there is a strong emphasis on understanding the normal developmental themes throughout a person's life, as well as ways persons may respond to developmental challenges and seek to cope with life changes and transitions. Thus, the program emphasizes mental health and wellness vs. pathology. In addition, application of theoretical knowledge is strongly emphasized throughout the program, as students are enrolled in supervised clinical experiences from the first semester to the last.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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The master's program in MFT at Virginia Tech prepares students to be family therapists who are well grounded in systems theory and research methods and who are competent to diagnose and treat mental illness. Students have the opportunity to receive intensive supervision of their clinical work with a broad range of individuals, couples and families at the program's Center for Family Services and in community agencies. A number of our graduates go on for doctoral study in MFT or related fields. The masters program is located in Falls Church, VA, an urban and culturally diverse suburb of Washington, DC. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The mission of the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling program (MCFC) is to prepare professional counselors to address a variety of issues in the context of relationships and families. The mission of the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling specialty (MCFC) is to prepare professional counselors to address a variety of issues presented in relationships and families. Our goal is to graduate students who are self-reflective scholar-practitioners who can conduct and utilize research on effective practice through their involvement in the solution of real-world problems in relational contexts. We are committed to preparing our students in accordance with CACREP standards (www.cacrep.org) and South Carolina licensure requirements (www.llr.state.sc.us/POL/Counselors). Further, we believe these counseling professionals provide leadership that will promote awareness, knowledge, and skills in interacting with economically, socially, and culturally diverse members of communities. The MCFC specialty is committed to recruiting and admitting students who reflect the diverse nature of our society. In addition, preference will be given to applicants who have had one or more years of direct, supervised, full-time work experience in an educational, mental health or human services setting. The ideal candidate demonstrates openness to those opportunities designed to foster personal and professional development through a supporting and challenging learning environment. Students progress through a carefully designed sequence of coursework and clinical experiences in a cohort model. Program faculty intentionally designs didactic and experiential coursework that fosters professional knowledge, skills, and self-awareness; all integral to professional practice of marriage, couples, and family counseling. The program participates in a collaborative partnership with professional counselors and human service agencies to monitor, evaluate and improve the program's efforts to achieve its mission. Successful completion of program requirements will earn the student the Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S.) in Counselor Education with a specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Family Studies program at Brescia University College provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding family life and its relationship to the wider community and cultural context. Brescia University College has two degree options under Human Ecology, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. The BA provides students with a foundation for pursuing professional careers to work with families through courses in Family Studies, Human Ecology and the Social Sciences. The BSc offers students an opportunity to develop a foundation in the study of the family and Foods and Nutrition science. A new BA module, "Nutrition and Families," provides a similar foundation. Professional Designation: Students who complete Human Ecology 2222 (Professional Perspectives) are eligible for the Professional Home Economist (PHEc) designation offered by the Ontario Home Economics Association (OHEA). This designation is endorsed by the Ontario Family Studies / Home Economics Educators Association (OFSHEEA) and the Ontario Family Studies Leadership Council (OFSLC).

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The mission of the child and family studies program is to prepare undergraduate students for careers and future graduate studies in the fields of education, social work, and social services. Embedded in this program is an emphasis on facilitating the development of citizens and reflective practitioners who are committed to contributing to a more just world. Child and family studies is committed to interdisciplinary approaches utilizing a variety of theoretical constructs and practical experiences designed to facilitate the development of graduates who will be able to: 1) Understand the development, roles, and interaction dynamics of children, youth, and families within their social systems; 2) Value the diversity of children, youth, and families and recognize the oppressive forces that can hinder their positive development; 3) Access, analyze, apply, and articulate knowledge to make professional decisions which improve the lives of children, youth and families; 4) Demonstrate professional standards of ethical conduct; and 5) Assume the role of change agents regarding issues, policies, and community needs that affect children, youth, and their families. 

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Human Development and Family Sciences students study the growth, development, and interpersonal dynamics of individuals and families across the lifespan. The curriculum promotes an integrated understanding of individual and family development through intensive professional training and hands-on experiences. Courses emphasize life-span development, family dynamics, and methodologies for working with families and individuals of all ages. HDFS provides understanding of individual development within the context of families and communities. Students are challenged to understand the interconnectedness between individuals of different ages within their family systems as well as the interconnectedness of individual family systems with larger systems reflected in their communities and across the world.

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
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The HDFS Program area prepares students to work in a wide range of child, family, and community contexts. Coursework provides an in-depth understanding of individuals and families, the dynamics of relationships, and environmental contexts affecting children, families, and community services. The HDFS program is organized within the School of Family and Consumer Sciences. The School has 28 full-time faculty who are involved in a variety of grant-funded and collaborative research projects and programs.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Human Development and Family Studies mission is to promote the health and well-being of individuals and families through research, teaching and service.  Programs emphasize both theoretical and practical knowledge about development across the lifespan, family dynamics, teacher and parent education, and prevention and intervention programs that aid individuals and families. The department is committed to embracing diversity, providing educational environments that stress excellence and innovation, and developing exemplary programs and research to serve students, professionals and the larger community.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Psychology department offers three options for undergraduate students who wish to major in psychology in addition to a common core of courses required of all majors. The General Psychology and Industrial/Organizational majors are intended for those students who pursue careers in psychology. Such careers usually require at least the M.A. degree, and this sequence of courses is designed to provide a broad background in psychology and a very strong foundation for graduate study or employment in other fields. The Developmental Psychology major is designed for those students who wish to prepare themselves for careers in various professions immediately upon graduation. A Developmental Psychology major prepares students for careers in such fields as child care, child welfare, family relations, parent education, and programs for older people. Through practica and special projects, a student can acquire expertise in working with a group, e.g. children, adolescents, or the elderly. Developmental Psychology majors completing the Approved Program in Family Life Education earn provisional certification from NCFR upon graduation.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling is responsible for organizing and providing instructional programs in counseling and other human development functions of public schools, colleges/universities, and various agencies. The Department offers the following degree programs: (1) Master of Arts in Community Counseling, with three concentrations: Addictions Counseling, Expressive Arts Therapy, and Marriage and Family Counseling; (2) Master of Arts in Community Counseling; (3) Master of Arts in School Counseling, with two concentrations: Elementary/Middle School Licensure, and Secondary School Licensure; (4) Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy; (5) Master of Arts in Student Development, with two concentrations: College Counseling, and Student Affairs Practice. All courses are taught from a multicultural perspective that emphasizes the differing experiences, cultures, histories, and perspectives of people from a variety of ethnic, gender, racial, and social class backgrounds.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Family & Consumer Sciences houses the Family & Child Science Program. A B.S. can be earned in Family & Child Science. An M.S. can be earned with emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy (leading to licensure) or Family & Child Science. Thesis and non thesis options are available.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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