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
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:
Departmental Proficiency Examination
Department of Counselor Education