Marriage and Family Counseling Overview
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling program is designed to prepare highly-skilled, entry-level therapists with specialized expertise in treating couples and families. Students are trained to perceive individuals, couples and families from systems perspective. The clinically-intensive course work and practicum experiences provide students with strong conceptual, assessment, treatment planning, and intervention skills based on the major models of couple and family therapy.
Marriage and family therapists work with individuals, couples, and families in a wide variety of clinical settings including hospitals, schools, substance abuse treatment programs, community mental health centers, correctional institutions, residential treatment programs and private practice. The ability to work with families is particularly valuable for clinicians treating children and adolescents.
- At least a baccalaureate degree from a college or university regionally accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or an equivalent degree from an international college or university
- A grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate and graduate coursework
- Completion of the following semester courses in psychology with grades of "C" or better: General or introductory psychology, human development, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered.
- Applicants who meet the admission standards will be invited for an interview with faculty
- Satisfactory completion of all required credit hours, including all required courses
- Satisfactory completion of 700 minimum hours of a clinical practicum
- Satisfactory completion of 200 minimum clock hours of community service practicum
- A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher and no more than two grades or six credit hours of "C” or "C+"
- Successful completion of the Master's Clinical Qualifying Examination in MAF
- Submission of a graduation application and full payment of all outstanding tuition and fees
- Faculty approval for graduation and recommendation to the Board of Trustees for the conferral of the Master of Arts in Marriage & Family Counseling
The sequence of courses and supervised clinical training are intended to assist professionals in meeting the educational requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Although this degree program satisfies the current academic and pre-degree training and education requirements for the LMFT in Illinois, students should be aware that requirements change periodically. In addition, LMFT requirements can vary from state to state in their expectations for coursework and practicum hours. Thus, it is the responsibility of for each student to plan their curriculum with MAF faculty in order to meet the criteria for the state where they intend to practice.
The current MAF curriculum has also been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). Thus, the program also strives to meet the educational and training requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Illinois. Like the LMFT, the students should plan their curriculum in order to meet the criteria for the state where they intend to practice.