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M.A. in Family Counseling

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).  

This program is for you if you enjoy working 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 LMFTs and LCPCs with experience work in private practice settings and bill third party insurance.

Required courses for Family Counseling
60 credit hours (20 courses).  All courses listed below are 3 credit hour graduate courses:

  • COUN 401 Professional Orient and Legal/Ethical Practices

  • COUN 402 Developmental Counseling

  • COUN 403  Theories of Counseling

  • COUN 404 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling

  • COUN 405 Individual Counseling Skills

  • COUN 406 Group Counseling

  • COUN 407 Mental Health Counseling

  • COUN 408 Research Seminar

  • COUN 409 Career Development

  • COUN 415 Children and Youth in School & Family Systems

  • COUN 420 Introduction to Family Counseling

  • COUN 421 Adv Marriage & Family Counseling

  • COUN 427 Diagnostic Systems for Counseling

  • COUN 430 Social and Cultural Diversity in Counseling

  • COUN 431 Couple & Family Systems Study

  • COUN 432 Counseling Couples

  • COUN 445 Practicum: Family Counseling**

  • COUN 465 Internship I: Family Counseling**

  • COUN 475 Internship II: Family Counseling**

  • Elective Course #1^^

**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.

^^Typical Elective Courses Taken by Family Counseling Students:

  • COUN 425 Addictions Counseling

  • COUN 426 Adv Coun for Chemical Dependency

  • COUN 429 Psychopharmacology

  • COUN 438 Crisis and Trauma Counseling

  • COUN 439 Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning

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.


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Department of Counselor Education
Northeastern Illinois University
5550 N. St. Louis Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
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