Master of Arts in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling

The mission of the counseling program is to prepare mental health professionals to provide ethical and competent counseling for the real-world needs of a diverse, global community. This Adlerian-based program promotes social interest, advocacy, and harmony throughout the entirety of the coursework.

The Adler Graduate School offers a Master of Arts Degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy with an emphasis in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling (MCFC) preparing students with the knowledge and skills of systems theory to work in various clinical settings serving families, couples, children, adolescents, and individuals. MCFC students will learn to treat a spectrum of relational concerns using an Adlerian, multicultural, trauma-informed, and ethically sound lens while promoting advocacy and social justice for clients and the profession. In addition to coursework, the Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling emphasis includes a practicum and internship experience, offering students practical clinical experiences working with individuals, couples and families. This 60-credit degree requires successful completion of all program requirements, including membership in a professional organization. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two years. Marriage, Couples and Family Counselors work from a systems-based, holistic approach providing counseling services in different health care settings such as outpatient, hospital inpatient, residential facilities, hospice care centers, or private practice.

Our program prepares students to meet educational requirements for the LMFT credential in MN. In order to verify whether our program meets licensure requirements in the state where you intend to practice, please contact the state licensure board. Information about licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the different states can be found at the American Foundation for Marriage and Family Therapy webpage.

 

Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling Course Requirements

500Principles of Research and Program Evaluation

3

503Introduction to the Counseling Profession

3

504Abnormal Psychology & DSM 5

3

505Developmental Psychology

3

509Comparative Theories Through an Adlerian Lens

4

512Introduction to Professional Writing and Portfolio

2

516Foundations of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders

3

517Ethics and Professional Identity

3

519Trauma and Crisis Intervention

2

523Multi-Cultural Counseling

3

525Essential Interviewing Skills

3

528Didactic (Individual)

0

529Didactic (Group)

0

532Group Psychotherapy and Counseling

3

533Clinical Assessment

3

539Consultation and Advocacy for the Mental Health Profession

1

541Theories of Family Therapy

3

542Couples Counseling

3

543Family Therapy

3

544Counseling Children and Adolescents

3

562Foundations of Career Development

3

604Portfolio Defense - COD, MCFC, MHC

1

620Advanced Seminar in Counseling: Human Sexuality

1

Field Experience Requirements

Students are required to complete a total of 700 hours with a minimum of 300 client contact (face-to-face) hours, including at least 150 relational hours. Students must take 3 credits of 948.

930Introduction to Field Experience Seminar

0

947Practicum in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling

1

948Internship in Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling

1