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Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy

Program Coordinator, Dr. Mark WoodfordCACREP Logo
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As of the Spring 2019 semester we will no longer be accepting new applications for both the M.A. in Marriage Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy and the Post-Masters Educational Specialist in Marriage and Family Therapy (EdS) programs.  Although we will no longer offer the degree concentration, we will continue to offer students in both our Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs a number of MCFCT courses, both elective and required.

Degree Program: Master of Arts in Counseling

The Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (MCFCT) program leads to a 60-credit Master of Arts degree in Counseling and provides students with a foundation for working with individuals and families from a family systems perspective. In the process of completing the program, students acquire knowledge and skills that are anchored in both the theoretical constructs and the practical application of systemic family counseling in a variety of settings.  For example, with an emphasis on systemic assessment and intervention, MCFCT students are prepared to fulfill the role of counselor with individuals, couples and families in community and government agencies, hospitals, businesses, and mental health treatment facilities.

The Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey has been continuously accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) since 1991.  TCNJ’s Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy program is accredited until October 31, 2021.

Students who complete this 60-credit program will have met the educational requirements for licensure as both a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in New Jersey.  For requirements beyond this coursework (e.g., post-masters supervised clinical experience, licensure examination, etc.), please consult the laws and regulations related to both the LMFT and LPC in NJ that are posted on the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs website.

The 60-Credit Masters-Degree Program in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (MCFCT) consists of the following coursework:

Required Core Courses (33 credits)

COUN 501:   Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 515:   Statistics and Research in Counseling (3 credits)

EPSY 520:    Fundamentals of Human Development (3 credits)

COUN 530:   Multicultural Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 535:   Career Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 670:   Counseling Theory and Techniques (3 credits)

COUN 675:   Group Counseling (3 credits)

EPSY 643:     Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 690:   Practicum Seminar (3 credits)

COUN 693:    Internship Seminar (6 credits)

(The requirements for COUN 693 may be met by taking COUN 694 and COUN 695,

which are each 3 credit Internship Seminar courses)

Required Courses in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (21 credits)

COUN 545: Community Agency Counseling (3 credits)

COUN 600: Introduction to Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (3 credits)

COUN 601: Theory and Development of Family Systems (3 credits)

COUN 602: Assessment and Intervention in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (3 credits)

COUN 603: Laboratory in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling and Therapy (3 credits)

COUN 604: Couples in Relationship (3 credits)

COUN 605: Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)

Elective Coursework (6 credits)

Any two (2) elective courses in counseling

Prior to the beginning of the program students attend an orientation and have access to a Student Manual which details the curriculum, policies and procedures of the program. In addition, during their program of study, students attend a clinical orientation and receive a Clinical Manual prior to enrolling in the clinical sequence of the program in order to prepare them for this capstone experience.

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