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The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program at Walden University is designed to provide students with all the educational competencies and skill development as entry-level professional counselors who specialize in preventing and remediating conflicts or crises in and fostering the development of individuals, marriages, couples, and families and to provide students with the advantage of quality distance education and training. With an emphasis on systems theory and evidence-based practice, the program trains individuals to work in a culturally and contextually appropriate way in a variety of settings, including community agencies, county and state agencies, hospitals, and private practice, and to provide consultation to businesses and agencies.
The following Learning Outcomes are common to all MS in counseling programs. The competent and confident counseling professional will:
- Analyze the different roles and settings of a counselor.
- Apply sound ethical and legal practices in the work of a counselor.
- Analyze cultural development theories and models.
- Examine empirically based theories of human development.
- Evaluate approaches of career development appropriate to diverse needs and life experiences.
- Examine appropriate evidence-based counseling practices for prevention and intervention.
- Apply essential counseling skills across multiple settings.
- Select group facilitation strategies that are culturally and ethically relevant.
- Analyze assessment procedures to support planning for appropriate counseling interventions.
- Evaluate research methods commonly used in the counseling profession.
Graduates of the MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program will also be able to:
- Evaluate therapeutic models appropriate to marriage, couple, and family counseling.
- Develop systems-based treatment strategies for addressing the needs of couples and families.
- Evaluate the impact of complex life-based factors (e.g., crisis and trauma, addiction, interpersonal violence, employment) on marriages, couples, and families.
- Identify prevention-based strategies that foster family wellness.
- 90–96 total credits for General Program (100–106 cr. with optional 10-credit specialization)
- Foundation Course (1 cr.)
- Core courses (80 cr.)
- Optional specialization courses (10 cr.)
- Field experience (9–15 cr.: 100-hour practicum; 600-hour internship)
- Professional Development Plan, licensure plan
- 2 Pre-Practicum Labs (6 weeks online with 4 days face-to-face)
The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling consists of core coursework; two pre-practica, which include a 4-day face-to-face experience; a practicum; and an internship. Core courses must be taken in the order presented. Additional courses may be taken at the end of the program of study to provide breadth and depth of learning.
Foundation Course (1 cr.)
Specialization Courses (10 cr.)
These courses are dependent upon the particular specialization. Please see the course list on each specialization page.
Each pre-practicum includes online course content integrated with a 4-day, face-to-face residential requirement.
Walden University’s MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). CACREP accreditation is a requirement for licensure in many states.
Note on Licensure
Walden University’s MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), which is a requirement for counseling licensure in many states. The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is not accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and will not lead to licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). The MS in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for counseling licensing exams and to meet the academic licensure requirements of many state counseling boards. Because no graduate program can guarantee licensure upon graduation, students are encouraged to consult the appropriate agency to determine specific licensure requirements. Walden enrollment advisors can provide guidance on licensure issues; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state licensure requirements. Walden makes no representation or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain state licensure or endorsement. For more information about licensure, students should visit the National Board for Certified Counselors at http://www.nbcc.org/stateboardmap, the American Association of State Counseling Boards at www.aascb.org and contact the appropriate licensing body. International students are encouraged to identify and contact their appropriate licensing body.
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