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Master Of Counseling Degree (M.Coun.) - Marriage, Couple, And Family Counseling

Program Goals and Objectives:

The master’s degree major in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling is designed to prepare individuals to specialize in providing marriage, couple, and family counseling in a variety of settings. Some of the settings where students will serve practicum and internships are mental health centers, rehabilitation counseling offices, juvenile homes and youth ranches, and alcohol and substance abuse centers. In addition to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) common-core objectives, Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling majors will:

  1. Possess knowledge of the history of marriage, couple, and family counseling including philosophical and etiological premises that define the practice of marriage, couple, and family counseling.
  2. Understand the structure and operations of professional organizations, preparation standards, and credentialing bodies pertaining to the practice of marriage, couple, and family counseling (e.g., International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors-IAMFC).
  3. Know the ethical and legal considerations specifically related to the practice of marriage, couple, and family counseling (e.g., American Counseling Association [ACA] and IAMFC Code of Ethics).
  4. Understand the implications of professional issues unique to marriage, couple, and family counseling including, but not limited to, recognition, reimbursement, and right to practice.
  5. Understand the roles of marriage, couple, and family counselors in a variety of practice settings and in relations to other helping professionals.
  6. Understand the implications of social, cultural, spiritual, diversity, and equity issues relevant to marriage, couple, and family counseling.
  7. Understand the marriage, couple, and family life cycle dynamics, structures, and development in a multicultural society, family of origin and intergenerational influences, cultural heritage, socioeconomic status and belief systems.
  8. Know the human sexuality issues and their impact on family and couple functioning, and strategies for their resolution.
  9. Understand the societal trends and related treatment issues such as working with families in transition, non-traditional families, and blended families.
  10. Know a variety of family system theories and other relevant theories and their application in working with couples, families, individuals, and other systems (e.g., legal, legislative, and community systems, etc.).
  11. Possess interviewing, assessment, and case management skills for working with individuals, couples, families, and other systems, as well as skill in the appropriate implementation of systemic intervention.
  12. Understand preventive approaches for working with individuals, couples, families, and other systems (e.g., pre-marriage counseling, parenting skills training programs, and relationship enhancement) and the skills necessary for program development and implementation.
  13. Understand the specific problems that impede family functioning, including issues related to socioeconomic disadvantage, addictive behaviors, person abuse, and interventions for their resolution.
  14. Understand research and technological applications in marriage, couple, and family counseling.

 

General Residency Requirement:

For the Master of Counseling (M.Coun.) degree, the student is required to complete the equivalent of at least four full semesters of resident graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree. The minimum Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program must total 60 semester hours.

Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling course requirements

Career Opportunities:

  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Couples' Counseling
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Divorce Mediation
  • Sexual Counseling
  • Child/Spousal Abuse Counseling

 

Employers:

  • Private or group practice
  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Social service agencies
  • Religious and Pastoral organizations
  • Hospitals

 

Pay

The median annual wage for marriage and family therapists was $49,170 in May 2016.

 

Job Outlook

Employment of mental health counselors and marriage and family therapists is projected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Growth is expected in both occupations as more people have mental health counseling services covered by their insurance policies.

Licensure and Certification-Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses (IBOL):

The Idaho Counselor Licensing Board requires the following for licensable hours:

“Section 150 02. Supervised Experience Requirement. One thousand (1,000) hours of supervised experience in counseling acceptable to the Board. (7-1-93)

    • One thousand (1,000) hours is defined as one thousand (1,000) clock hours of experience working in a counseling setting, four hundred (400) hours of which shall be direct client contact. Supervised experience in practicum and/or internshipstaken at the graduate level may be utilized. The supervised experience shall include a minimum of one (1) hour of face-to-face or one-to-one (1/1) or one-to-two (1/2) supervision with the supervisor for every twenty (20) hours of job/internship experience. Face-to-face may include a face-to-face setting provided by a secure live electronic connection between the supervisor and supervisee. As stated under Subsection 150.01.a.iii. counseling practicum experienceas opposed to job or internship experience shall be supervised at a ratio of one (1) hour of supervision for every ten (10) hours in the settings. For example: (3-29-12)
      • A person in a twenty (20) hour per week job/internship who is receiving one (1) hour of individual supervision each week would accumulate one thousand (1,000) supervised hours in fifty (50) weeks to equal the twenty to one (20/1) ratio. (7-1-93)
      • A person in a forty (40) hour per week setting with one (1) hour of supervision per week would still require fifty (50) weeks to equal the twenty to one (20/1) ratio. (7-1-93)
      • A person in a forty (40) hour per week setting with two (2) hours of supervision per week would accumulate the one thousand (1,000) hours at the twenty to one (20/1) supervision ratio in twenty-five (25) weeks. (7-1-93)
    • Until July 1, 2004, the supervision must be provided by a Professional Counselor or a Clinical Professional Counselor licensed by the state of Idaho. Effective July 1, 2010, supervision must be provided by a counselor education faculty member at an accredited college or university; Professional Counselor, registered with the Board as a supervisor; a Clinical Professional Counselor, registered with the Board as a supervisor; a Marriage and Family Therapist, registered with the Board as a supervisor; a Clinical Social Worker registered as a supervisor with the Board of Social Work; a licensed Psychologist; or a licensed Psychiatrist, licensed by the state of Idaho. Supervision by a professional counseling peer, however, may be acceptable to the Board if the peer/supervisory relationship include the same controls and procedures expected in an internship setting. (See Subsection 150.02.a.) For example, the relationship should include the staffing of cases, the critiquing of counseling tapes and this supervision must be conducted in a formal, professional, consistent manner on a regularly scheduled basis.”

 

In the Department of Counseling, supervision by doctoral students who have received supervision training are viewed as acceptable to the Board. The Department of Counseling prefers that students seek out practicum and internship settings that have a licensed professional counselor first, before considering a site in which supervision is provided by a different mental health professional. Your development as a professional counselor occurs not only while in class at ISU but also during your clinical experiences outside of ISU. Mentoring by a professional counselor during your clinical supervision is a vital part of your emergent identity as a professional counselor.

Please note: Students are responsible for insuring a site supervisor is registered with the IBOL prior to accepting a site for practicum or internship.

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