Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program prepares individuals to work in mental health centers, community agencies, private practice, and additional settings in which counselors support clients with relationship and family issues. Emphasis is placed on preparing counselors for systemic assessment and intervention in the counseling process with a focus on diversity and equity. Marriage, Couple, and Family counselors expand the traditional emphasis on the individual to attend to the nature and role of individuals in primary relationship networks such as couples and the family and take a holistic perspective to mental health care. Research studies repeatedly demonstrate the effectiveness of marriage and family counseling in treating the full range of mental and emotional disorders and health problems.

The curricular experience of the MCF 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) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and other states.

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