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Marital, Couple and Family Counseling

The Marital, Couple and Family Counseling Program prepares individuals to work with couples and families in mental health centers, community agencies and other settings in which counselors are expected to assist clients with couple, family or relationship issues as well as their own private practice. Emphasis is placed on teaching counselors systemic assessment and intervention in the counseling process. Program completion can lead to state licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

Marriage, Couple and Family Therapists expand the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as marriage, couples and the family. LMFTs take a holistic perspective to mental health care; they are concerned with the overall, long-term well being of individuals and their families.

Research studies repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of marriage and family therapy in treating the full range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems. Adolescent drug abuse, depression, alcoholism, obesity and dementia in the elderly -- as well as marital distress and conflict -- are just some of the conditions Marriage and Family Therapists effectively treat.

The curricular experience of the MFT Master's degree is organized around core foundation courses, an intensive on-campus practicum training clinic experience, interpersonal growth experiences, advanced theory and practice courses, and a culminating field internship placement.  The program consists of 90 graduate credits designed to meet CACREP national accreditation standards for professional marriage and family counselors and the academic degree requirements to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Oregon and other states.

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Course requirements

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Core Courses

2009 cohort

Credit

2010 cohort

Credit

COUN 504 Internship 9
12
COUN 509 Practicum: Counseling 6 6
COUN 509 Practicum: Group Counseling 1
1
COUN 509 Practicum: Peer Supervision 2
2
COUN 531 Foundations of Substance Abuse Counseling 3
3
COUN 543 IPR II: Counseling Skills 3
3
COUN 551 Theories and Interventions I 3
3
COUN 566 Appraisal Instruments 1
1
COUN 567 Using Tests in Counseling 3
3
COUN 568 Career and Life-Style Planning 3
3
COUN 569 Developmental Foundations of Counseling 3
3
COUN 570 Ethical and Legal Issues 3
3
COUN 571 Group Counseling 3
3
COUN 580 Supervision 1
1
COUN 581 Multicultural Perspectives in Counseling 3
3
COUN 582 Research and Program Evaluation in Counseling 3
3
COUN 585 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning I 3
3


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Specialty Courses


 
COUN 572 Systemic Perspectives on Human Sexuality 3
3
COUN 573 Contemporary Couples, Marriage & Family Systems 3
3
COUN 574 Family Life Cycle and Transitions 3
3
COUN 575 Foundations of Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling 3
3
COUN 577 Family Therapy 3
3
COUN 578 Couples Therapy 3
3
COUN 579 Advanced Systemic Interventions: Couples and Families 3
3

COUN 555

Counseling Children and Youth
3
3
COUN 588
Diagnosis and Treatment II
3
3
COUN 544
Consultation: Theory and Practice
2
2
COUN 546
Grief and Loss
2
2
COUN 552 Theories and Interventions II 3 3
COUN 510
Electives
3
N/A


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TOTAL CREDITS 90
90

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