Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology & Couples & Family Therapy Program (MA)
This new 2013 program meets the educational standards for the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Services Professions to become licensed as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) as well as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Graduates of this program will have the distinct advantages of a dual track degree and eligibility to sit for licensure as both LMHCs and LMFTs. This dual track makes graduates highly competitive for employment. Students seeking licensure in other states must ensure that their degree program satisfies the requirements of the licensing board in that state(s).
Graduates from this program will be well prepared with a strong foundation to provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families, as well as to agencies and communities. One of the distinctive characteristics of our curriculum is that it focuses on and integrates multiculturalism, differences in race, ethnicity, religion, physical abilities and differences, class, sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity. Culturally responsive and respectful work with families and couples in urban and other underserved or marginalized communities will be central throughout academic courses and field placements.
Students will graduate with strong skills in working with a wide range of clinical and cultural populations and systems. Students will engage in a minimum of 360-hour practicum and 600-hour internship experience in which they integrate the respective theories and practices of mental health counseling and couples and family therapy. This program can be completed on a full-time basis (two academic years including the summer session), or on a part-time basis (three academic years with some summer courses).