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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). Find out more information on Counselor Education’s accreditation, licensures, and credentialing.

Family counselors work  with couples, families, and children. Employment settings for family counselors include mental health and community counseling agencies, chemical dependency programs, hospitals, marriage and family counseling clinics, crisis centers, and court services. Many experienced LMFTs and LCPCs work in private practice settings and bill third-party insurance.

Curriculum in Family Counseling
60 credit hours (20 courses).  All courses are 3 credit hour graduate courses.

  • COUN 401 Professional Orientation and Legal/Ethical Practices (3 cr)
  • COUN 402 Developmental Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 403 Theories of Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 404 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 405 Individual Counseling Skills (3 cr)
  • COUN 406 Group Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 407 Mental Health Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 408 Research Seminar (3 cr)
  • COUN 409 Career Development (3 cr)
  • COUN 415 Children and Youth in School and Family Systems (3 cr)
  • COUN 420 Introduction to Family Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 421 Advanced Marriage and Family Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 427 Diagnostic Systems for Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 430 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 431 Couple and Family Systems Study (3 cr)
  • COUN 432 Couples Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 445 Practicum: Family Counseling** (3 cr)
  • COUN 465 Internship I: Family Counseling** (3 cr)
  • COUN 475 Internship II: Family Counseling** (3cr)
  • Elective Course #1^^ (3 cr)

^^Typical Elective Courses Taken by Family Counseling Students

  • COUN 425 Addictions Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 426 Advanced Counseling for Chemical Dependency (3 cr)
  • COUN 429 Psychopharmacology (3 cr)
  • COUN 438 Crisis and Trauma Counseling (3 cr)
  • COUN 439 Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning (3 cr)

Clinical Experience**
Practicum and Internship consists of 700 hours of documented field-related experience, of which 280 hours of face-to-face counseling is required. COUN 445 Practicum: Family Counseling is a 100-hour, field-based experience requiring a minimum of 50 hours of direct contact with clients. COUN 465 Internship I: Family Counseling and COUN 475 Internship II: Family Counseling together consist of a 600-hour, field-based experience requiring a minimum of 250 hours of clinical contact with clients. Half of the clinical hours are counseling individuals and half are counseling couples and/or families. When appropriate, the Practicum and Internship may be taken at the student's place of employment.

Departmental Proficiency Examination (DPE)
All counselor education students are required to pass a comprehensive departmental proficiency examination (DPE) prior to graduation. This exam is offered annually in February, June, and October.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master in Family Counseling and the courses offered toward the degree.

Family Counseling, M.A.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions please contact Counselor Education.

Counselor Education

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