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The M.S. in Psychology is a professional degree program designed for persons who desire to practice in the field of clinical/counseling psychology. Cal Poly's M.S. in Psychology fulfills the educational requirements for the state of Californias Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license. The program emphasizes personal, academic and practical knowledge and skill development which will enable each graduate to become competent in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment planning for individuals, families, and children. Research competence and ethical practices are also emphasized. Closely supervised pre-fieldwork practicum experiences leading to challenging fieldwork in agencies is the cornerstone of Cal Poly's preparation for the future clinician. Closely supervised experience in Cal Poly's on-campus practicum clinic serving clients from the community provides trainees with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence before undertaking fieldwork in community agencies. In addition, the Central Coast of California offers numerous well-supervised clinical traineeships in public and private non-profit agencies with a variety of client populations.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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Students in our program learn about healthy family functioning as well as the effects of poor family functioning on the individuals involved and on society. Arizona Christian University is an intentionally Christian college, thus our courses are taught from the perspective of the Christian worldview. Graduates of our program, upon completion of supervised experience, are qualified to become Certified Family Life Educators. This is a designation available through the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Arizona Christian University is the only school in Arizona that provides a curriculum approved by NCFR for this purpose.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Family Science provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying families and the problems they face in today's society. Students obtain broad knowledge of family theory, programs, and structures; family/health policy; ethnic families; and research methodology. Students learn to design, implement, and evaluate culturally-sensitive programs addressing family needs and analyze the consequences of public and private policies on family well-being. The Department is proud of the rich diversity of its faculty and students and has a commitment to researching strengths and challenges of culturally diverse families. The Department has four times been named Outstanding Academic Unit by the UMCP President's Commission on Ethnic Minority Issues because of its sensitivity to gender, class, race, religious and cultural issues. Our close proximity to Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and the state capital offers unparalleled opportunities for internships in government agencies, research laboratories, think tanks, corporate offices, military services, and national child/family organizations.

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

The Department of Family Therapy (DFT) is committed to providing top quality educational training to graduates who possess expertise in the art and science of human relationships. All faculty and staff are committed to creating an environment that allows for positive, respectful, and collaborative relationships with students. Within such an atmosphere, students learn to manage human relationships in a variety of contexts, which include psychotherapy, health care, social service, education, community, and business. The Department is committed to both academic and clinical excellence. Students receive closely supervised clinical experience at our own Family Therapy Clinic in the Brief Therapy Institute and additional "real life" clinical experiences off campus at a variety of community-based internship sites. A major focus of the program is helping students learn to integrate systemically oriented theories with effective approaches to clinical practice. This integration involves the proactive involvement of faculty with students in co-creating an environment of intellectual openness and curiosity. We are proud to have a diverse student body to go along with a broad range of active faculty interests. These mutually renewing intellectual resources create a learning community of constant excitement and innovation.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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An academic program in Human Sciences has been offered at SFA, in Nacogdoches, Texas, since the university opened in 1923. The school has academic majors in Human Development and Family Studies, Food, Nutrition & Dietetics, Interior Design, Interior Merchandising, Fashion Merchandising, Hospitality Administration,and Family and Consumer Sciences.

Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees are offered; the B. S. program is among the largest in the state. Academic programs in Human Sciences prepare professionals who seek innovative solutions to the challenges of a contemporary society and of a changing world. The fundamental focus of the discipline is on humankind and the human condition throughout the life cycle.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The counseling psychology program at Santa Clara offers a Master of Arts in Counseling (51 units) and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (90 units). The MA in Counseling Psychology prepares students for licensing as Marriage and Family Therapists and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. Both degrees provide a broad array of theoretical perspectives (e.g., CBT, Object Relations, Existential, Process Experiential, Jungian, Mindfulness-based therapies, as well as Group, Child and Adolescent foci) encouraging students to develop specializations in any of the theoretical areas offered. In addition, there are 3 Emphasis Programs: Health Psychology, Correctional Psychology, and Latino Psychology. Students may choose among these, or fashion their own emphasis within the Master's program. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and the combination of academic integrity and clinical sophistication and experience of our faculty. Our students are the most sought-after candidates for internships programs in the Santa Clara Valley, and our graduates rate their experience at Santa Clara as extraordinarily valuable.

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
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We offer three concentration areas: Child Studies, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, and Family Studies. The central purpose of the Child Studies concentration is to prepare students who are interested in working with young children. The central purpose of the Family & Consumer Sciences Education program is to prepare graduates who can successfully assume the positions of family and consumer sciences educators in middle and secondary schools. Graduates will have a broad family and consumer sciences knowledge base as well as the ability to teach others how to use this information to improve personal and family life. The central purpose of the Family Studies program is to prepare students who are interested in working in a family-focused environment. The graduates will have a broad knowledge base working with children and families. The major will provide graduates with entry-level competencies for child and family life.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The School of Family and Consumer Sciences is in the College of Applied Arts and offers the B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. Family and Child Development is a program option for majors in FCS. The School also offers a M.S. in Family and Child Studies. The M.S. degree in Family and Child Studies is an applied program that provides graduate level study dealing with the needs of families and children. The Family and Child Studies program offers both a Family and Child Studies track and a Child Life Specialist track. Both undergraduate and graduate students also have the opportunity to participate in many ways at the Texas State Child Development Center, which is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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

The Marriage and Family Counseling (EDC) program specialization emphasizes an ecosystemic approach to understanding human problems and generating solution opportunities. Students learn to moderate solution-oriented conversations among interested parties (i.e., stakeholders) who are invited to seek "double descriptions" of mutual concerns and problems, to listen carefully to each other, to entertain and invent multiple solution possibilities, and to construct new narratives of cooperation and commitment.

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

The M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy program is a 48-hour program designed to meet the academic requirements for the Licensed Marital and Family Therapist license in Oklahoma. The curriculum is divided into fourteen modules containing theoretical and applied psychotherapy courses, and 450 hours of internship. Courses are completed over four non-traditional, accelerated semesters. The courses (modules) are taken sequentially to allow focused study on one subject area at a time. Class meetings occur one night per week for a four-hour session or on intensive weekend courses that meet Friday and Saturday for eight hours each day. Extensive directed study occurs outside the classroom, in preparation for participative learning experiences during class time.

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

The Mission Statement of the College of Graduate Studies and Extended Learning provides the educational framework for the master's degrees. The Mission Statement of the American Counseling Association (ACA) defines Professional Counseling and identifies the role of the Professional Counselor in various settings. The Mission Statement of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) specifies the art and science of educating Professional Counselors and Student Affairs Professionals. The Department faculty members have identified three overall goals for students in all five degree programs. Upon completion of a degree program in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, the student will have: Developed a knowledge base, grounded in scientifically-derived philosophy, theory, and practice, specific to the degree program chosen. Developed a repertoire of skills, grounded in scientifically-derived philosophy, theory and practices, specific to the degree program chosen. Developed a sense of self as a counseling or student affairs professional.

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

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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Accredited Institute

Focusing on issues that influence health and well-being over the life course, the program in Family Social Sciences provides a strong research foundation in family psychosocial health. We offer an innovative interdisciplinary program that integrates theory and methods from anthropology, community health sciences, economics, epidemiology, gender studies, psychology, public health and sociology in the study of individual, family, and community issues.We take a culturally-sensitive approach that emphasizes the value of prevention. Students are provided with a wide variety of opportunities to study key issues in human and family development across all ages, both locally and globally. Research skills and methodology are important components of our program.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
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Accredited Institute

Located in the highly international and diverse community of Miami, Florida, the Department of Educational and Psychological Studies (EPS) housed in the School of Education and Human Development prepares reflective leaders, researchers, methodologists, and practitioners to improve psychological, educational, and community well-being. At EPS we educate mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, researchers and doctoral-level psychologists in an APA accredited program. In addition, we offer an undergraduate major in Human and Social Development which prepares students for masters and doctoral level studies in counseling and related fields.

The Department of EPS is made up of the following five master's programs: Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Community and Social Change, Research, Measurement and Evaluation, and Higher Education Leadership. We also offer a post-Master's Certificate Latino Mental Health Program aimed at enhancing clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of Latino clients. The Department of EPS offers four doctoral programs: Counseling Psychology, Research, Measurement and Evaluation, Higher Education Leadership, and Community Well-Being. In addition, we have a Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center (CEW) that promotes individual, interpersonal, institutional, and community well-being by studying the educational, psychological, physical, and social determinants of well-being.

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

The Child Development and Family Studies program prepares students to work with individuals and families in a variety of settings. In their classes, students examine human growth and development over the lifespan and family dynamics from a holistic perspective. This includes all aspects of development from conception through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age as well as family focused coursework on parenting, intergenerational relationships, families and work, violence, and other challenges affecting families in a rapidly changing society. An important part of this program is the emphasis on experiential learning (EXL). Students take several classes that allow them to engage in activities with a variety of populations. These field placements, internships and service learning courses provide students with opportunities to use the information they learn in classes to assist individuals and families in our communities. It is through one of these classes that the CDFS program and, hence MTSU, has become affiliated with Universities Fighting World Hunger, an initiative of the World Food Programme and the U.N. This is an intergenerational, lifespan development program with an emphasis on hands-on learning and a commitment to addressing both global and local issues facing families today. As a result of our hands-on emphasis, CDFS students can graduate as "Experiential Learning (EXL) Scholars".

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

The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies is to address contemporary social issues that affect children, youth, adults, and families through high quality research, teaching, and outreach programs

Our program is characterized by:

A Focus on Significant Societal Issues. Our work could be described as "science with a social conscience." Faculty are interested in the most challenging basic scientific issues, but they are always asking how this information can be applied or how they can make a difference through prevention efforts, policy briefs, and/or community action. Illustrative topics include childhood obesity, intimate partner violence, emotional/behavioral regulation in young children, LGBT couples facing stressors/support in non-urban communities, among many others.

The Use of Advanced Methods in Unique Laboratory Facilities. Faculty and graduate students are engaged in developing and mastering the most sophisticated quantitative and qualitative methods available to social and behavioral scientists and to practicing these skills in state-of-the-art laboratories and our Family Resiliency Center.

Collaborative and Collegial Interactions. Our faculty work across disciplines, programs, methodologies and they work with colleagues across settings, departments and institutions. A transdisciplinary approach is being applied to address complex issues ranging from the physiological basis of language and emotion, the parenting experiences of fathers with children with developmental disabilities, cell-to-society approach to children's health, social mobility of low income households, and the internationalization of American universities.

Faculty with Major Scientific Leadership Roles. Our faculty are not only excellent research scholars and mentors, they are also leaders in the scientific community. They are recognized by their peers for awards and hold elective office. They regularly give invited lectures at major national meetings and universities across the world. They serve as editors of influential journals in the field.

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

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice Studies at Longwood University offers undergraduate degrees in all three majors, as well as a master's degree program in sociology with a criminal justice focus.  The sociology major offers a family studies concentration, approved by the National Council on Family Relations as a Certified Family Life Education curriculum, designed to prepare students to work in career fields that provide intervention, education, and preventative services to families.  The faculty in the department offers students enthusiastic, dynamic teaching, individualized attention, excellent academic advising, and challenging courses with high academic standards.

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The Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies Department in the College of Education offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with two primary areas of concentration: Elementary Education and Caring for Children and Adolescents in Formal Settings. We also have a general track for all other folks who want to work with children, but are not sure in what way. We also offer the Early Childhood Education concentration in the Master of Arts in Education.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The School of Human Ecology offers an undergraduate major in Family and Child Studies, with concentration areas in Family Studies, Child Life, and Applied Child Development. The Family Science Curriculum is an approved program with the National Council on Family Relations for provisional certification as Certified Family Life Educators. A Master of Science is also offered in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Family and Child Studies. We are a small unit with 13 full time graduate faculty, five of whom focus on family and child studies. Our family studies M.S. program emphasizes application of skill in the profession. Many of our students are part time, thus full time students have strong chances of receiving financial aid in the form of scholarships and assistantships. Our faculty members are personable and encourage student professional development.

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

The Department of Sociology offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in sociology. We have four substantive specialties including demography, criminology/deviant behavior, and social psychology in addition to family studies. We also feature a strong graduate training program in quantitative methods. There are eleven faculty members specializing in family. The department is home to two major research centers, including the NIH-funded Center for Family and Demographic Research (CFDR, one of 18 population centers in the country), and the National Center for Family & Marriage Research (NCFMR, the only one in the country). Faculty members have brought in over $9 million in research funding in the past five years. Current research foci include cohabitation, family structure and child well-being, aging families, family violence, widowhood, adolescent romantic relationships and sexuality, same-sex marriage, causes and consequences of the decision to marry, intergenerational relationships, work-family dynamics, fertility, and many others.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
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Accredited Institute

The Couple & Family Therapy (CFT) masters programs at Alliant International University provide students with the essential training needed to pursue a career as a professional marriage and family therapist. The Master of Arts in MFT allows students to be licensed as a marital and family therapist. The CFT graduate programs at Alliant International University have a dedicated, caring, highly skilled faculty. The program provides intensive theoretical and practical skill based training. The CFT program at Alliant International University attracts students from around the world and is dedicated to train students to work with diverse populations.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
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The mission of the Department is to provide students with a broad background in the study of society and human relationships from a Christian perspective, to enable them to enter graduate programs or entry level positions in their respective discipline. The Family Studies major focuses on the development of the individual in the context of family and society. The program is designed to prepare students for (a) professional careers in a variety of human service areas; (b) leadership roles in church, school, and community; (c) personal roles in family living; and (d) graduate education

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  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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MSMFT Program Mission Statement: The mission of the MSMFT Program at Northwestern University is to educate students to become knowledgeable, competent, systemic, culturally sensitive, ethical, and empirically-informed Marriage and Family Therapists. Graduates of the program are expected to exhibit a beginning level of competence with a variety of presenting problems, utilize the IPCM framework to integrate knowledge from the field into practice, demonstrate cultural sensitivity in their work, and have an appreciation for research, particularly research on family relationships and the process and outcome of therapy. With further education and experience, graduates of the program will go on to become outstanding practitioners and future leaders in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. The Programs mission is embedded in that of TFI (strengthen and heal families from all walks of life) and NU (excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students). The following program goals and associated outcomes for the students, Teaching Faculty, Clinical Supervising Faculty and graduates operationalize the mission of the program.

Overall Program Goals:

1. Train entry level Marriage and Family Therapists who are knowledgeable, competent, systemic, culturally sensitive, ethical, integrative and empirically-informed.

2. Advance Integrative Problem Centered Metaframeworks (IPCM), an integrative and empirically-informed approach, as a basis for practicing and teaching marriage and family therapy.

3. Encourage leadership and scholarly activity in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy.

Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Foundational knowledge base.
Outcome: Students will become knowledgeable of the core concepts, common factors and major schools of marriage and family therapy.

2. Integration of concepts, models and techniques.
Outcome: Students will learn to utilize a systemic, integrative and empirically informed approach to planning and staging therapy.

3. Clinical competence.
Outcome: Students will develop a strong beginning level professional competence in the conduct of systemically-oriented family, couple and individual therapy.

4. Integration of research.
Outcome: Students will learn to be critical consumers of research, incorporate research findings into their clinical practice, and utilize progress research data to make informed clinical decisions.

5. Diversity and cultural sensitivity.
Outcome: Students' clinical work will incorporate cultural sensitivity and respect for diversity across a range of cultural contexts including race, ethnicity, class, religion, gender, and sexual orientation (Breunlin et. al, 1992).

6. Professional and ethical conduct.
Outcome: Students will develop an understanding of legal and ethical standards and demonstrate the ability and commitment to apply them in the professional practice of Marriage and Family Therapy.

7. Professional identity as marriage and family therapist.
Outcome: Students will clearly identify themselves with the profession of Marriage and Family Therapy.

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  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The intent of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary is to prepare Christian counselors with the knowledge, skills, and insight to practice counseling in the church or clinical settings. The curriculum encourages the integration of theology, theory, personal formation, and professional practice. Students are expected to engage in personal counseling for their own growth. The program covers the content areas required for the California Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure exams and student membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is accredited by WASC and ATS. 

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