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Couples and Family Therapy Program

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology in Couples & Family Therapy Program (MA) Program

94% of graduates recieve a job within 6 months of graduation

Job Outlook: Percent (%) Change in Employment for 2012-2022 BLS
Marriage and Family Therapist Up 31%
Mental Health Counselor Up 29%


US News & World Report Best Social
Service Jobs
Best Jobs US News
Marriage and Family Therapist No. 33 No. 76
Mental Health Counselor No. 38 No. 97


Median Salaries* Data from 2009 APA Salary Survey and US News & World Report

US News
Mental Health Counselor $47,000
Marriage and Family Therapist $46,240
* Licensed mental health professionals have the opportunity for additional income through private practice.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of the Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy program at MSPP will be eligible to be licensed as both a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Dual licensure provides professionals many career opportunities.

  • Outpatient Community Mental Health Centers
  • Social Service Agencies
  • Youth and Adolescent Treatment Programs
  • Inpatient Psychiatric Facilities Crisis Intervention Programs
  • Residential Treatment Facilities Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities
  • Schools
  • Private Practice

Below is a sampling of facts provided by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) about the issues that may be addressed by mental health professionals working with children, couples and families.

"Infertility is commonly defined as the inability to conceive a child or carry a pregnancy to full term. It is one of the most severe crises that a person or couple may ever face, and presents a tremendous physical, emotional, and financial challenge.

Making the important decision to adopt may be one of the most challenging and difficult decisions a person or couple can make. Family therapists can help the adoptive family to understand what impact, if any, adoption may be having, and they can help the parents to learn how they can help their child. AD/HD is a disorder of excessive inattention, distractibility, hyperactivity and impulsivity that begins in childhood and has a negative impact on an individual's performance at school, work and home. It affects roughly 6 - 8% of children, and persists into adulthood between 30 - 60 % of the time.4 -5% of American adults are afflicted.

Studies estimate that between 1 and 9 million children in the United States have at least one parent who is lesbian or gay. There are approximately 594,000 same-sex partner households, according to the 2000 Census, and there are children living in approximately 27 percent of those households.

There are approximately 7 million people in the United States who identify as mixed-race, with half of these being under the age of 18, and it is estimated that the mixed-race population in the U.S. will reach 21% by 2050. Yet, multiracial individuals and families remain marginalized and overlooked by mainstream U.S. society. As a result, the unique issues and struggles they face are often poorly understood by professionals, co-workers, friends and extended family, making it difficult to successfully manage challenges when they arise."

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