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Couples and Family Therapy

Counseling Psychology (MA) Program

Concentration in Couples and Family Therapy (LMHC Eligible)

Understanding that there is great need to have mental health practitioners trained to work with couples and families, MSPP offers a concentration in Couples and Family Therapy within the Counseling Psychology MA program.

This leads to eligibility for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts (after completing the post-graduate supervision and experience requirements and the board examination). It provides students with a concentration in working with couples and families consisting of three specialized courses, a supervised internship experience with couples and families, and a capstone project in that area of study.

The program is designed for students beginning their graduate careers, for individuals interested in expanding or enhancing their clinical and theoretical knowledge; or for taking courses necessary to meet licensing/certification requirements. The degree with the concentration can be completed on a full-time (2 years including a summer) or part-time basis (3 years including at least one summer). This includes a 360 hour practicum completed during 30 weeks (along with a weekly 2 hour clinical seminar), and a 600 hour internship completed during 30 weeks (along with a weekly 2 hour clinical seminar).

The program offers courses which provide students an opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of family systems theory, exposure to the various schools of couples and family therapy, and training in the skills necessary for provision of couples and family therapy in various settings. Fieldwork designed to help students integrate theory and practice is also an important part of the curriculum. Students will be able to apply the theoretical knowledge and clinical skills gained during the course of study to a wide range of personal, educational, and clinical settings.

In order to participate in this concentration, a student must be in good standing in the program and submit a request to the Department Head after consulting with his/her advisor prior to the second semester of the first year in the counseling program.

Updated 2/25/15

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