The purpose of the Marriage & Family Counseling concentration is to provide training that will give entry-level qualifications for marriage and family counseling opportunities, state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor, and professional certification. The objectives for the program are:
- To equip the student with theoretical orientation that is necessary for addressing human relationships, gender, sexuality, and communication in the context of marriage and family therapy.
- To provide educational training to enhance the prospective counselor’s clinical skill necessary for marriage and family therapy.
- To create within the student the ability to conduct critical thinking skills to evaluate theory and practice from a biblical perspective.
- To provide an emphasis on application of information and knowledge by means of supervised counseling experiences.
- To develop the student’s knowledge of the foundational elements in counseling theory and research to prepare students for further study.
The Marriage & Family Counseling concentration program consists of 48 credits. The curriculum is designed as follows:
Pre-program Candidacy Requirements - Biblical and Theological Foundational Courses
Students must complete all the Biblical and Theological Foundation courses beore the practicum. Some exemptions are possible. Students without the 30 credits of Bible/Theology but who have taken 9 credits of Old Testament, New Testament, or Theology courses are exempt from taking the respective Biblical and Theological Foundation Courses. Likewise, a 3 credit course in Hermeneutics will exempt students from BTC 561. At the time of admission, an evaluation will be done of the students’ transcripts, and students will be informed of which courses they are exempt from taking.
The following four Biblical and Theological Foundation Courses are each 1 credit courses and are included with each semester’s roster of courses.
Counseling Prerequisites Required before any Classes
Six undergraduate credits of counseling are required before any graduate work can commence.
Noncredit program requirements
- ORI 500 - Orientation Seminar (0 credits)
- Therapist evaluation of MMPI-2 and 16PF-taken immediately after preliminary acceptance phase AND evaluated by counseling department faculty before registering for your 5th course (including transfer credits)
- PA criminal background check and child abuse clearance submitted before registering for your 5th course
- Candidacy: must be granted before registering for your 5th course (including transfer credits), see Handbook for details (requires current child abuse clearance & criminal background check)
Professional Core (12 Credits)
The 12 credits of the Professional Core must be taken in order to be granted candidacy.
2nd Tier Professional Courses (15 Credits)
The 15 credits of the 2nd Tier Professional courses can only be taken after being granted Candidacy.
Concentration (15 Credits)
Concentration courses can be taken only after being granted Candidacy and completing the 2nd Tier Professional Courses. Constitutes three concentration courses, practicum, and internship.
Elective Options (6 Credits)
Electives can be taken only after completing 2nd Tier Professional Courses and being granted candidacy.
Additional Courses for Licensure (12 Credits)
Note-Licensure also requires one extra elective. (See list of Elective Options above.)
Licensure Courses can be taken only after completing 2nd Tier Professional Courses and being granted candidacy.