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Western Kentucky University

Counseling and Student Affairs

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

The MAE in Counseling concentration in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling is accredited by CACREP (learn about the value of CACREP accreditation). The concentration in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling qualifies graduates to obtain the Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) license which is the first post-graduation step in obtaining full licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in Kentucky (for more information on becoming licensed as a LPCA or LPCC, go to http://lpc.ky.gov). They also may obtain the Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (MFTA) license as the first step in obtaining licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Kentucky (for more information on becoming licensed as a MFTA or LMFT, go to http://mft.ky.gov). Graduates also have the academic qualifications necessary to become a National Certified Counselor (NCC).

Learn from a faculty energized to mentor students into the counseling profession. The department has faculty members with varying backgrounds in counselor education and a wide range of clinical experience. You will experience the richness of taking classes with other counseling professionals. All classes are taught in the evenings, on weekends, or online, which will enable you to work or take a full load of classes. Full time students can complete their program of study in two years while part time students can complete their programs in three or four years (see the course plan).

As a student, you will provide marriage, couple, and family counseling under supervision and, if you elect, take part in scholarly activities associated with families, couples, groups, and individuals receiving services at the Talley Family Counseling Center. You will learn the current issues and trends affecting the profession along with the most recent developments in family and couples counseling theory and interventions. Finally, you will learn how to interact with local agencies and with people representing other mental health professions. Learn about core philosophy of counseling and the differences between counseling and other professions.

Why Seek a Degree in Counseling with a concentration in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling?

  • Fulfill your dream of helping others
  • Counsel couples and families from a holistic and wellness approach
  • Collaborate with other professionals
  • Learn evidence-based practices
  • Advocate for clients
  • Develop a Professional Counseling Identity and Knowledge Base through the Marriage and Family Counseling Program

Faculty members are available to discuss your interest in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling concentration. Please indicate your interest in the program by sending us a message indicating your interest in this program. A faculty member will reply to discuss your interest via email, on the phone, or in person.

If you are interested in applying to the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling concentration in the Counseling program please learn about our admissions process.

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 Last Modified 12/5/14