Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling

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Master of Science in Counseling, Marriage and Family Counseling (MFC)

Students enrolled into the Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling program complete 60 credit hours of coursework over eight semesters (33 months), 1,000 hours of practicum/internship experience, pass the national comp exam, sit for the NCE exam, complete and present a participatory field research project, and engage in personal growth experiences such as individual and group counseling (as clients) .  Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling majors are prepared to make application for both the Licensed Professional Counselor credential and the Associate Marriage and Family Therapy credential in the State of Idaho. The NNU Counseling program is the only program in the state which prepares marriage and family students for both counselor and marriage and family licensure. The focus of the program is to prepare students with a strong understanding of marriage and family counseling´┐Żboth theory and therapy.  Beyond the counseling core courses, students enroll in six courses in marriage and family counseling with a focus on systems theory and research, human sexuality, couple and family counseling interventions.  Marriage and family counseling majors also have the opportunity to intern at the private non-profit counseling center associated with the department, which provides couples, individual, play therapy, and youth assessment services.  The Marriage and Family Counseling program is delivered in a traditional, face-to-face, onsite program.  NNU is a religiously-affiliated institution with a Wesleyan foundation.  Spiritual wellness, an atmosphere of gratitude, commitment to community, service to others, a relational focus between faculty and with students, and good mental health practices are modeled by faculty for students.  Students of any background/tradition are welcome.

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Marriage and Family Counseling Course Requirements

The required courses for the Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling degree are shown in the table below. The "Title" column shows the required courses for the Marriage and Family program area. The "Credit" column in the chart are the semester credit hours for each required course.

Course

Title

Credit

COUN6511

The Profession of Counseling

2

COUN6512

Ethical and Legal Issues

3

COUN6515

Multicultural Counseling & Societal Issues

3

COUN6531

Learning Process & Lifespan Development.

2

COUN6532

Theories of Counseling

3

COUN6533

Family Counseling Theories

2

COUN6534

Career Development

3

COUN6541

Pre-Practicum: Basic Counseling Skills

3

COUN6542

Group Counseling

3

COUN6551

Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology

3

COUN6552

Addictions Counseling

2

COUN7522

Couple Counseling

2

COUN7525

Family Systems Theory and Research

3

COUN7527

Marriage and Family Counseling Assessment

2

COUN7528

Practice of Family Counseling

2

COUN7529

Human Sexuality

1

COUN7537

Research and Statistics

3

COUN7538

Family Education Experience

2

COUN7553

Measurement and Assessment

2

COUN7561

**Practicum in Counseling

3

COUN7589

**Internship in Counseling (MFC Setting)

10

COUN7610

Thesis Research

1

Total Credit Hours

60

**Includes clock hours in the field