Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Concentration

Students pursuing careers in marriage, couple, and family counseling should begin to explore relevant populations and settings when enrolled in HDC 501. Course assignments thereafter should be designed to develop knowledge and skills specific to the emphasis chosen. In order to develop and demonstrate skills unique to their selected concentration, marriage, couple and family counseling students must take four specialization courses that emphasize working systemically within relational contexts. Clinical experience placements for marriage, couple, and family counseling students will take place in approved community agencies. Students enrolled in the marriage, couple, and family counseling concentration must complete a minimum of 120 hours of direct service in marriage, couple, or family counseling during their practicum and internship (combined). Consultation with the marriage, couple, and family counseling concentration coordinator is required to ensure curricular and clinical experience requirements are met.

The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (MCFC) concentration within the HDC department includes four additional courses (12 credit hours) beyond the core curriculum of 49 credit hours for a total of 61 required credit hours. 

Core Curriculum
HDC 501 Fundamental Issues and Ethics in Counseling 3
HDC 511 Theories of Counseling 3
HDC 512 Prepracticum 3
HDC 513 Group Counseling 3
HDC 515 Multicultural Counseling 3
HDC 521 Developmental Counseling 3
HDC 524 Career/Lifestyle Counseling 3
HDC 525 Alcoholism and Substance Abuse 3
HDC 533 Family Dynamics 3
HDC 543 Consultation and Crisis Intervention 3
HDC 546 Psychopathology and the DSM 3
HDC 575 Appraisal Techniques in Counseling 3
HDC 577 Research Methods 3
HDC 585 Comprehensive Examination Registration 1
HDC 587 Professional Experience: Practicum 3
HDC 590 Professional Experience: Internship 1-6
Concentration Requirements
HDC 534 Introduction To Family Counseling 3
HDC 537 Couple Counseling 3
HDC 545 Sexual Dysfunction and Family Violence 3
HDC 558 Theories of Family Counseling 3
Total Hours 61

All course work should emphasize specialized knowledge and skills needed for a particular setting or client population.