M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Concentration in Chicago
Students in this concentration learn in-depth skills and knowledge that will prepare them to work more effectively with families and couples. Specific and key areas of family and couples work – domestic violence, divorce, sexual relations - are presented and explored in the classroom setting with the use of didactic material and real case vignettes. Assessment of family dynamics is covered through a systems perspective.
[NOTE: Graduates with this concentration will need to complete additional post-graduate work experience (in Illinois) in order to meet LMFT licensure eligibility requirements.]
Curriculum incorporates the eight content areas outlined by the National Board of Certified Counselors, preparing students to sit for Professional Counselor licensure in Illinois (LPC and LCPC).
• Year 2: 700-hour (minimum) placement experience• Chicago: sites meet Licensed Supervisor standards
Program Time to Completion
2 years full time, 3 years part time
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
- A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better
- A course in Statistics or Research Methods, with a grade of C or better
Advanced Family and Couples Psychotherapy
This course provides an overview of advanced theory and technique, as well as skills training in family and couples therapy with an emphasis on the development of a personal model of counseling. Diagnostic skills, case analysis, and relationship strategies will be emphasized. Particular attention will be paid to engaging children and adolescents in the family therapy setting. The course will also explore the impact of macro systems issues such as gender, power, and economics on contemporary relationships.
Counseling Diverse Families
This course will provide an overview of counseling and treatment interventions with diverse families and diverse presentations. Attention will be given to the family developmental life cycle, as well as to contemporary family structure. Appropriate assessment of families and their level of acculturation and identity formation will be covered.
Intimate Relations in the Couple System
This course will explore the concepts of separation and divorce, intense conflict and sexual difficulties that couples present with in treatment. Evidence based models and interventions will be illustrated and discussed in the classroom.
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