Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Learn to empower people to resolve marriage and family conflicts related to divorce, mediation, child rearing, school issues, family violence, and other matters. Explore the roles and functions of marriage, couple, and family counselors in various settings. Build the cross-cultural competencies and skills required to understand family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning.

In this specialization you will:

  • Examine empirically supported treatments and techniques in promoting the well-being of marriages, couples, and families.
  • Explore systemic implications for conceptualization, assessment, treatment planning, and interventions.
  • Learn how to assess procedures for evaluating relevant research and how to apply these findings to your practice.
  • Explore the legal and ethical issues related to working in this specialty area.

Completion Requirements

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment specialist at 855-646-5286.

Core Courses¹

The courses are delivered in a prescribed sequence. Each 11-week quarter, except for the first and ninth quarter, includes two concurrent 11-week courses.
Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 1 Course Code COUN 6101 Course Foundations for Graduate Study in Counseling Credits (1 cr.)
Quarter 1 Course Code COUN 6100 Course Introduction to Mental Health Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code COUN 6316 Course Techniques in Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code COUN 6722 Course Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 2 Course Code CPLB 601L Course Pre-Practicum 1 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code COUN 6306 Course Ethics and Legal Issues in Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 3 Course Code COUN 6723 Course Multicultural Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code COUN 6360 Course Assessment in Counseling and Education Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 4 Course Code COUN 6215 Course Lifespan Development Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code COUN 6720 Course Diagnosis and Assessment Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code COUN 6250 Course Group Process and Dynamics Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 5 Course Code CPLB 602L Course Pre-Practicum 2 Credits (0 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code COUN 6626 Course Research Methodology and Program Evaluation Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 6 Course Code COUN 6726 Course Couples and Family Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code COUN 6753 Course Career Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 7 Course Code COUN 6785 Course Social Change in Action: Prevention, Consultation, and Advocacy Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code COUN 6730 Course Counseling Addictive Disorders Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 8 Course Code COUN 6743 Course Psychopharmacology Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 9 Course Code COUN 6336 Course Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Response Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 9 Course Code COUN 6671 Course Counseling Practicum Credits (3–5 cr.)
Quarter 10 Course Code COUN 6682A Course Counseling Internship I Credits (3–5 cr.)
Quarter 11 Course Code COUN 6682B Course Counseling Internship II Credits (3–5 cr.)

¹This sequence assumes successful completion of all courses on the first attempt.


Specialization Courses²

Quarter Course Code Course Credits
Quarter 10 Course Code COUN 6356 Course Advanced Theory and Application in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling Credits (5 cr.)
Quarter 11 Course Code COUN 6346
or
COUN 6361
Course Child and Adolescent Counseling

Human Sexuality
Credits (5 cr.)

(5 cr.)
2You can focus on a general counseling area and complete your field experience before the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling courses or focus on a specific area of Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling and complete your field experience after your specialization coursework.
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