Through Walden’s M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program, you can:
- Prepare to work with families to address a range of issues, including the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events, as well as family conflicts that must be resolved in the criminal justice system.
- Discover the roles and functions of marriage, couple, and family counselors in a variety of settings to gain an understanding of the cross-cultural competencies and skills required to understand family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning.
- Prepare to advance your career and, depending on the state in which you intend to practice, pursue the appropriate credentials that could qualify you to become a licensed professional counselor with a specialization in marriage, couple, and family counseling.*
- Study with well-respected educators and/or active professionals in the field who integrate their research and clinical experience into the classroom.
- Create an electronic portfolio of your work that can be shared with potential employers.
- Develop a social change project that can have a direct impact on the lives of children and families who may not have access to mental health services.
As a student in Walden’s online family counseling degree program, you can choose when, where, and how you learn thanks to our online format and MobileLearn®. Through this education technology, you can listen to coursework on your MP3 player, access your classroom from your iPhone, download coursework to your laptop, and more.
Find out more about what defines Walden’s M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program:
*Licensing regulations vary from state to state. Walden University cannot guarantee professional licensure. See Note on Licensure.
Walden’s M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP is an independent accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation that accredits counselor-preparation master’s degree programs. Walden is one of the few higher education institutions to offer a CACREP-accredited master’s degree in professional counseling program with a specific focus on marriage, couples, and family counseling online.
This accreditation ensures that our program meets CACREP standards of quality and relevance to the profession. Graduating from a CACREP-accredited master’s degree program can provide you with:
- Access to more employment opportunities nationwide.
- An advantage when applying to doctoral degree programs.
- A streamlined state counseling licensing application process.
- The skills and credibility to maximize your impact on the profession.
In addition, several recent studies have shown that test takers from CACREP-accredited programs scored significantly higher on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE) than test takers from non–CACREP-accredited programs.*
Learn more about accreditation at Walden.
*Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, “Research,” on the Internet at http://www.cacrep.org/template/page.cfm?id=138 (viewed online November 26, 2013).
Study the most contemporary approach in the mental healthcare profession in Walden’s M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program. This type of practice, increasingly recognized in the healthcare industry, will prepare counselors to improve the quality of client care by learning to combine their own clinical and observational skills with the best of research-supported interventions to help clients make positive and healthy choices.
Evidence-based practice is part of a growing trend in healthcare and mental healthcare to improve patient outcomes. Increasingly, health insurance companies are recognizing this approach in determining insurance reimbursement.
Walden’s evidence-based practice approach allows you to:
- Improve client satisfaction as you demonstrate progress with outcomes that can be documented and measured.
- Embrace a methodology that may allow you to:
- Be better prepared to meet the newest requirements for health insurance billing and reimbursement.
- Write effective grants.
- Work more effectively across interagency areas.
- Sharpen your clinical judgment with a thorough understanding of the most current methodologies in the profession.
- Enhance the well-being of marriages, couples, and families.
Face-to-face residencies are held in convenient locations throughout the year and offer:
- An orientation to the marriage, couple, and family counseling profession
- Preparation for your field training
- Skill development in individual and group counseling
- Individual interaction with faculty members
- Opportunities to share insights with students who share your interests
- Academic advising
See the locations and dates of residencies that are available to current students.
Days: Six (Completed before the end of your third quarter and is a prerequisite for COUN 6723 Multicultural Counseling)
Format: Face-to-face workshops and group activities
- Multicultural competencies
- Orientation to the profession, licensure, and professional identity
- Practicum and internship preparations
- Skill development
Days: Six (Completed before the end of your eighth quarter and is a prerequisite for COUN 6671 Counseling Practicum)
Format: Face-to-face sessions, including a 10-hour group experience
- Foundations of marriage, couple, and family counseling sessions
- Career development
- Consultation and supervision
- Family dynamics, prevention and wellness, and working with children
- Individual counseling skill development
- Social change project
Residency Learning Outcomes
- Demonstrate basic interviewing skills
- Apply multicultural competencies to basic counseling skills
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills of diverse and multicultural perspectives, and apply them to counseling practice
- Describe the process of professional identity development
- Provide constructive feedback on others’ counseling skills
- Present research focused on program development that includes components of consultation and evaluation
- Present collaborative research focused on social change
- Effectively lead groups and incorporate insight from practice as a member/counselor of a small group
- Utilize feedback to improve performance
- Demonstrate advanced counseling skills
- Apply multicultural and diversity competencies to advanced counseling skills
- Describe the process of preparing for field experience
- Prepare for the NCE, NCMHCE, or other licensure exams
- Prepare for eventual accrual of post-master’s experience toward licensure
For more information about how residencies enhance your academic experience, call 1-866-492-5336.
Which Counseling Program Is Right for You?
Walden offers three online master’s programs to help you gain the skills and knowledge you need for a career in counseling. Choosing the course of study that is right for you depends on your professional and educational goals.
M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
- I want to learn to perform the appropriate counseling, remediation, and intervention for a variety of situations.
- I want to understand the counselor’s role as client-advocate with families, agencies, and institutions.
- I want to earn a CACREP-accredited M.S. degree in Mental Health Counseling online.
- I want to advance mental healthcare for all citizens by adopting a cross-cultural approach to counseling.
- I want a career as a mental health counselor, clinical therapist, or counselor in the criminal justice system, so I can effect positive social change.
Learn more about this online master’s program.
M.S. in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
- I want to understand family structures, life-cycle dynamics, intergenerational influences, and healthy family functioning in diverse cultural settings.
- I want to gain experience in evidence-based practice to provide better, more informed care for my clients.
- I want to study with professionals in the field who integrate their research and clinical experience into the classroom.
- I want to work with families to address issues and resolve conflicts related to divorce, school problems, parenting, and violence.
- I want a position as a Licensed Professional Counselor with expertise in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling, so that I can enhance the well-being of children, couples, and families.
Learn more about this online master’s program.
M.S. in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Counseling
- I want to gain insight into various models of counseling (including group; substance abuse; career; couples, marriage, and family).
- I want to interpret and describe psychological theory and research from a multicultural and global perspective.
- I want to prepare for doctoral study and qualify for licensure.
- I want to apply psychological theory and research to real-world situations.
- I want a position as a professional counselor or therapist where I can work in a variety of settings.
Learn more about this online master’s program.
Career opportunities may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.