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Accredited Institute

Human Development and Family Sciences is committed to ensuring the optimal development, health, and well-being of individuals and families across the life course. Our transformational research, excellence in instruction, and active community engagement make us leaders in the advancement and application of scientific knowledge toward innovative solutions to the pressing challenges that confront communities, families, and individuals today. HDFS is situated in an accredited College of Publics Health and Human Services which provides a rich context for research and learning about health and well-being. 

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Older Adults (Gerontology) - Undergraduate
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The graduate marriage and family therapy education program is COAMFTE accredited and located in the School of Education and Graduate Studies. The academic program is located on campus at Converse College. A partnership exists between Converse College and WestGate Training and Consultation Networks Family Therapy Teaching Clinic. The Teaching Clinic does all graduate and postgraduate supervised clinical education and is fully accredited as a Postgraduate Institute in Marriage and Family Therapy Education by the COAMFTE. Students in the program provide approximately 9,000 supervised hours of clinical service to financially distressed individuals, couples, and families per year in the geographical area. Each academic and clinical faculty member practices marriage and family therapy and the specialty she or he teaches.

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

Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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Valdosta State University Program Overview: The faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy are fully committed to nurturing the development of highly competent clinicians who work from a systemic/contextual perspective. The department fosters in students an authentic interest in their clients, therapeutic curiosity, awareness of ethical and therapeutic limitations, and the willingness to facilitate the self-determination of clients. The program curriculum and faculty members place a strong emphasis and value on diversity. We feel that mere tolerance of difference is not sufficient—we set a higher standard for our students. We believe that the differences that make up the rainbow of humanity must be embraced and cherished. The relationship between diversity and the variety of dominant cultural discourses such as ageism, classism, racism, sexism, heterosexism, and gender are woven throughout the fabric of our curriculum. MFT faculty members strive to explore with our students the ways that cultural and institutionalized discrimination are embedded in culture and language, exacerbating the treatment issues that clients present. We also examine the ways that issues of diversity and discrimination shape the context of therapy.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Master of Arts Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy is designed to provide students with a solid core of knowledge about marriage and family therapy and to train students to become professional marriage and family therapists. The curriculum includes at least 12 consecutive months (3 semesters/500 hours) of clinical internship. The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at University of Saint Joseph is nationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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La Salle's Marriage and Family Therapy program strives to prepare professionals with abilities and competencies requisite for the practice of marriage and family therapy. The curriculum emphasizes a conceptualization of the role of an individual in primary relationships, such as marriage and the family. Students are provided with course work and clinical experiences, which encourages them to examine the complex interplay of all forces (scientific, interpersonal, and spiritual) which coexist within and exert influence on an individual and on a family system. The goals are to prepare marriage and family therapists who will competently develop and implement comprehensive interventions, acquire a holistic perspective to health care, understand the complexity of addressing the overall, long-term well-being of individuals and their families, evaluate and treat mental and emotional disorders, and address a wide array of relationship issues that will best meet the needs of clients within the context of a family system.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) in Marriage and Family Therapy degree program is designed for master's level professional counselors who wish to pursue advanced study in marriage and family therapy. Based on their previous educational and supervised clinical experiences, students will be required to complete a minimum of 24 graduate credits in marriage and family therapy. Course work meets the educational requirements for licensure in marriage and family therapy in New Jersey.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Human Development and Family Studies offers two majors. One in Early Childhood Education and one in Human Development and Family Studies. The major in Human Development and Family Studies has concentrations in Child Life, Family Studies, and Adolescence and Youth. The Department also offers a minor in Addictions in Families. The concentration in family studies provides an understanding of the development of the family system and the dynamics of family relationships. It leads to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. This concentration prepares students to work in a variety of educational and enrichment programs such as parenting programs, family service agencies, industry, schools, social-service, churches, home economics, and 4-H extension. This concentration is also well suited for students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in marriage and family therapy as well as other areas in family studies.

The Department offers a master's degree in human development and family studies with concentrations in Human Development and Family Studies, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Parent and Family Life Education. The Parent and Family Life Education program leads to certification as a Family Life Educator by the National Council on Family Relations. The Department also collaborates with the Department of Psychology to offer doctoral study in Developmental Science.

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

The family and child development major prepares students for careers serving families and children. The major also prepares students for graduate programs in the social sciences. Courses emphasize research-based knowledge about marriage, contemporary families and human development. Family and child development majors learn about families in society, internal family dynamics, human growth and development over the life span, human sexuality, interpersonal relationships, family resources management, parent education and guidance, family law and family policy, ethics, and family life education methodology.        

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

Our unique program, initiated in 1999, provides an interdisciplinary approach to learning contemporary marriage and family therapy. Students learn systemic marriage and family therapy models, art therapy practices, and interpersonal neurobiology approaches. Our art therapy classes are small and allow for individualized teaching, yet art therapy students belong to a larger cohort of MFT students as well, which provides opportunities for extensive networking and the professional support systems critical to success in the field. Students also benefit from exposure to many instructors allowing them to glimpse diverse practice styles and areas of specialization.

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The Department of Child and Family Studies prepares students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to become competent professionals and effective family members. Our primary areas of emphasis focus on children, youth, families, and early learning in diverse contexts. A central foundation for our programs is the idea that scientific inquiry provides the most effective means to improve the welfare of children, youth, and families.A notable feature of both our undergraduate and graduate programs is the opportunity for outreach and engagement experiences in area communities. Students complete intensive semester-long experiences in a wide range of community placements including mental health, medical facilities, public and private schools, and intervention programs. Students also have the opportunity to join a research team of faculty and students. 

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Master's
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Idaho State University Counseling Department has 8 full time faculty in two locations. The main campus, in Pocatello with 6 faculty and the ISU Meridian campus (near Boise, ID) with two faculty. The Masters program, accredited by CACREP, includes a specialty in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling at the main campus. The program, if attended full time, is two years and leads to the degree Master of Counseling (MCoun) with a specialty major in marriage, couple, and family counseling. Please access our web site and then give us a call. We would enjoy talking with you.

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

Ours is an integrated department. In addition to our undergraduate general degrees in Psychology and Sociology, we also offer two family-relevant degrees which are (1) Family and Community Service, and (2) Psychology: Pre-Counseling. Furthermore, we have a Master's Program in Marriage and Family Therapy.  Our department currently employs six full time faculty members identified in the following manner: a family scientist, two family therapists, a counseling psychologist, a research psychologist, and a sociologist. The integrative nature of our department provides a strong liberal arts preparation as well as a specific professional focus for each undergraduate student. We are a faith-based program and university and we challenge students to integrate their faith into their discipline. We have more than 120 majors in our department with the majority currently anticipating a career in a therapy-related field. More than 90% of our departmental courses are taught by full-time faculty members with degrees and training in their specific disciplines. 

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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The Department of Human Development at Washington State University is a multidisciplinary department devoted to understanding the nature of human development across the lifespan. Through our teaching, research, and outreach programs, we promote the healthy development of children, adults, and their families in the state of Washington and throughout the nation. We offer B.A. degrees and a Ph.D. degree in Prevention Science at the Vancouver and the Pullman campuses, as well as a B.A. in Human Development via distance. Members of our faculty are involved in a range of research projects on children and their families and in outreach activities through our youth and family extension programs. We run preschool programs on both the Pullman and Vancouver campuses. All undergraduate human development majors complete an internship to help prepare them for a career in the field. Our graduates are employed in a variety of educational and social services settings throughout the U.S.

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

The primary mission of the MFT Program is the educationalpreparation of Marriage and Family Therapists who will be competent to address the current and emerging mental health needs of children, couples and families in diverse communities. The vision of the program is that graduates will be prepared to meet the challenges of a competitive, diverse, complex, and evolving mental health care practice environment; that they will be competent and ethical clinicians; and that they will lead the way in standard of care practices and mental health care outcomes. At the completion of the program graduates will have all the educational requirements for licensure in the State of New Jersey. The Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy is a practitioner oriented terminal degree with a focus on Human Systems and relationships. The program fosters professional advancement and excellence that provides graduates with high level training that supports the needs of our communities of interest, while focusing on inclusion, diversity, and cultural issues across all settings in which clinical and supervisory services are provided. Graduates of the M.F.T. program will be trained to work in multiple settings on multiple levels in agencies, treatment facilities, medical facilities, and other locations that provide clinical services. Graduates will be sufficiently trained to develop their own clinical programs, private practices, and educational trainings related to the therapeutic community

Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
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The School of Professional Psychology has 12 full-time faculty members who represent a broad range of interests and theoretical orientations. Faculty members are active in research, professional organizations, and the scholarship of teaching and many maintain clinical practices. Additionally, many members of our faculty have organized Research Interest Groups (RIGS) to work with teams of graduate students to explore research and clinical interests. The Psy.D. degree is a 120 credit hour program completed over 5 - 6 years. Although strongly grounded in the study of general clinical psychology, students choose additional advanced course work in one of four areas of specialized emphasis: Adult Psychology, Child/Adolescent/Family Psychology, Forensic Psychology, and Health Psychology.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Accredited Institute

We are a general sociology department with a concentrations "Urban Inequality" and in "Family and Health." Most of our faculty's research and teaching interests concern issues connected to these two areas. The department houses the Kunz Center for Social Research, a research center for faculty as well as a training facility for graduate students. All students also receive a well-rounded general education in the field of sociology.

Areas of Study
  • Family Science/Studies - Doctoral
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
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Early Childhood

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Early Childhood & Diploma in Early Childhood Education

Our Early Childhood program focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive development of young children from birth to eight years and their interaction with the world around them. You will learn how to engage children in learning, understand parent-child relations and assess a child's development. You gain the know-how to support children individually, as well as work with their families, schools and the community.

Your first two years look at children as individuals. In your first year, you are introduced to the areas, or "domains", of childhood development and key issues such as human behaviour in society, nutrition and safety. In your second year, you will learn the basics of child anatomy and physiology, how to create curricula, research and observation skills, and dynamics of relationships. The third and fourth years of the program expand your focus to children and the community. You will learn how to work with children with special needs, program administration, assessment and intervention, and leadership.

Industry Connections: You will complete more than 850 hours of workplace experience. Past placements include school classrooms, early learning centres, children's mental health centres, hospital pediatric units, and inclusive learning and therapeutic environments.

Opportunities: Know the why and how. You will develop a comprehensive set of abilities to assess children's development and be able to support and educate children based on that assessment in a meaningful way. Earn hands-on experience designing and implementing play materials that meet the developmental needs of children in our Play and Programming for Early Childhood course.

Teach with toys. You can borrow from our extensive collection of toys and educational materials in the Early Childhood Resource Room for use in your field placements. Choose from developmental, skill-building, cognitive and creative play.

Sample Careers: Registered Early Childhood Educator, Family Support Supervisor, Special Needs Resource Consultant, Childcare Supervisor/Director/Owner, Child and Youth Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Education, Master of Arts in Child Study and Education, Law School, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Occupational Therapy, Child Life Studies Post-Professional Diploma Program.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Family and Community Social Services

Earn two credentials in four years of full-time study: Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Family and Community Social Services & Social Service Worker Diploma

Make a difference in society in a very meaningful way. Our program explores current social issues, and the development and delivery of programs designed to assist individuals, families and communities. You will be exposed to different areas of social service work and learn how to understand the challenges faced by vulnerable populations so you can learn how to deliver impactful services, including counselling, mediation and crisis intervention.

Industry Connections: Starting in your second year, you will earn more than 850 hours of supervised workplace experience at three different placements. Past placements include children's mental health centres, hospitals, seniors' residences, addiction centres, research clinics, detention centres and correctional institutions.

Opportunities: Simulate a community agency. Take advantage of a lab simulating aspects of a typical community agency. The room is equipped with one-way observation mirrors, audiovisual equipment, interview furniture and offices. Use it for research and to practice administrative, interviewing and counselling skills.

Participate in professional development. The Social Services Symposium is an annual themed event organized by Family and Community Social Services students that gives you the opportunity to present research and learn from various practitioners and researchers in your field.

Hands-on practice. Two courses offer you the opportunity to practice interviewing and counselling. By videotaping the sessions and receiving peer support and instructor feedback you can analyze your techniques to help you learn to communicate and help people more effectively.

Sample Careers: Case Manager, Community Youth Worker, Hospice Support Worker, Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Technician, Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) Technician, Social Service Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Addictions Worker.

Samples of further education: Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work Bachelor of Education (Teachers College), Master of Public Policy, Masters programs in Disability Studies, Law School, Postgraduate certificate in ABA/IBI.

Transfer students are welcome! For information about transfer credit, please contact [email protected].

Areas of Study
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Community - Undergraduate
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The Department of Applied Health Science is a vital part of IU's life sciences initiative. Our department is committed to fostering interdisciplinary research in the life sciences as we work toward our mission of preventing disease and promoting health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. Our department is making a difference in the health and well-being of Indiana, the nation, and the world through the research, teaching, and service conducted by our dedicated faculty, staff, and students.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • 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
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The mission of the Department of Human Development and Family Science is to educate future leaders and professionals to enrich the wellbeing of individuals, children, families, and communities through innovative teaching, research, service and community engagement. We offer students model teacher training in early childhood education and family and consumer sciences education with practicums and internships in our 5-Star, nationally accredited Child Development Center and local schools. We offer the only academic child life program in North Carolina, and we developed the first medical family therapy doctoral program in the nation. We maintain a family therapy clinic as part of the family therapy training program-the only such combination in the state. Our family and community services- family science concentration is an approved program for the Certified Family Life Educator credential through the National Council on Family Relations. All four undergraduate programs within the department are accredited by the American Associatin of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • 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 Department of Human Development & Family Services at Pennsylvania State Altoona is a small department with strong ties to the community. Faculty are particularly interested in helping students understand development in applied contexts. Students are encouraged to work with faculty members in research projects or in other capacities. Several courses link students to community organizations and agencies, service learning is a part of the curriculum, and all students are required to spend one semester working full-time at an internship.

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

The School of Family Studies and Human Services (FSHS) offers diversity of academic programs, scholarship, and outreach that address the health and well-being of individuals and families in Kansas, the country, and the world.  The complexity of the School is reflected in the wide range of careers in human services pursued by graduates such as work with families, early childhood education, marriage and family therapy, personal financial planning, and speech-language pathology. Students follow career paths that take them all over the world and into numerous types of opportunities.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • 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 Child Development and Family Relations program teaches students to examine individuals and families in the environments in which they live, work and play. Stages of individual and family development and the relationships people form throughout their lives are also prominent aspects of the program. Students can choose between two options: CDFR or Child Life

Careers

Possible careers in government agencies, businesses, religious organizations and non-profit organizations include:

  • Child Care Center Director
  • Children Services Agent
  • Care Facilities Coordinator
  • Teacher-specialist
  • Foster and Adoption Facilitator
  • Recreations Specialist
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Purdue University's Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is widely regarded as a leader in the study of children and families. The department contributes to the well being of individuals and families across the life course by generating knowledge; preparing graduates for research, teaching, leadership, and professional practice; and by strengthening the interconnections of research, practice, and policy. The Department offers academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Faculty conduct important research on a range of critical issues facing individuals and families in today's society. Through innovative outreach efforts, the department extends knowledge to policymakers, employers, professionals, and citizens in Indiana and beyond.

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