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 focus of the MFC program is to prepare students with a strong understanding of marriage and family counseling 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