M.S. in Counseling, concentration in Couple and Family Counseling

This program builds upon the plan of study for Clinical Mental Health Counseling with specialized studies, practicum and internship in Couple and Family Counseling. Through the master’s degree in Couple and Family Counseling, students will develop the knowledge and skills needed to work with individuals, couples, and families through a systems approach in a variety of counseling settings.

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Example Careers

  • Working in counseling agencies with diverse client populations
  • Providing in-home counseling for children and families
  • Working with children and youth involved in the foster care system
  • Serving clients impacted by domestic violence and other forms of family violence
  • Providing inpatient and outpatient counseling services.

Experiential Learning

Students in the Couple and Family Counseling track have many opportunities to develop couple and family counseling skills. Beginning in their first semester, students complete a practicum in which they observe the duties and responsibilities of a practitioner in this specialty area.  Specific skills training occurs in core courses, in an advanced practicum in the Nicholas A. Vacc Counseling and Consulting Clinic, and in a 600-hour internship in a local agency, hospital, private practice, or other organization whose mission is to serve families.

Program of study

Total hours: 66 hours (M.S.)


Core courses:

CED 611 The Counselor As Scientist-Practitioner
CED 612 Developmental Counseling
CED 605 Counseling Diverse Populations
CED 610 Helping Relationships
CED 620 Counseling Theories and Practice
CED 650 Group Counseling Theory and Practice
CED 669 Career Development and Career Counseling
CED 678 Professional Orientation
CED 682 Application of Measurement and Clinical Appraisal Techniques
CED 642 Substance Abuse Counseling

Additional courses:

CED 644 Counseling in Community Settings
CED 687 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Counseling
CED 690 Counselors Working with Families
CED 691 Couples Counseling
CED 691 Family Violence
CED 691 Sexuality Counseling
CED 653 Practicum in Counseling
CED 675 Counseling Field Practicum
CED 679 Advanced Counseling Practicum
CED 680A Counseling Internship
CED 680B Counseling Internship


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