Department of Human Services

Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling

Important Update: Due to recent changes in Ohio law which govern the practice of counseling, marriage and family graduates will not be able to qualify for Professional Counselor Licensure beyond December 31, 2017. Therefore the Marriage and Family Counseling program will not be accepting new students after fall 2015. If you are interested in acquiring your Professional Counseling license, please consider the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. After December 31, 2017, only CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduates will qualify for licensure as Professional Counselors in Ohio.

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Overview

Students are prepared to provide family, couple, individual and group therapy. This preparation includes an extensive study of systems theory and the systemic perspective of how to view, interpret, and intervene with problems associated with marriage and family life. This degree prepares students for work as a both a professional and marriage and family counselor. 

Students learn theories and techniques for counseling individuals, families and groups, and administration and interpretation of psychometric assessment.  This major has all the courses required to qualify for admission to the Ohio Professional Counselor licensure exam until December 31, 2017.

Note: Students will be evaluated for endorsement by Department faculty for demonstrating, ethical, academic, and clinical competence in the professional orientation.

Contact Information

Program Director: Stephen Fortson, Ed.D.
108M Allyn Hall
(937) 775-4467/2075
stephen.fortson@wright.edu

Related Link

Graduate Student Handbook (PDF)


Academics and Curriculum

Marriage and Family Counseling Program of Study (PDF)


Practicum

Prerequisites

  • CNL 6010 Counseling Theory and Practice
  • CNL 6020* Techniques of Counseling
  • CNL 6030 Statistics, Research and Program Evaluation for Counseling
  • CNL 7230 Assessment and Evaluation in Counseling
  • CNL 6200 Clinical Pathology in Counseling
  • CNL 6220 Group Background and Theory OR CNL 7220 Group Process in Counseling
  • CNL 7240 Career Counseling and Development
  • CNL 7260 Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CNL 7261 Systems Theory
  • CNL 8000 Human Sexuality Counseling
  • CNL 7800 Systemic Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CNL 7801 Marriage Pre-Prcticum
  • CNL 7270 Counseling for Life-Span Development
  • CNL 7280 Professional Orientation, Ethical Standards, and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • CNL 7290 Multicultural Counseling

*CNL 6020 Techniques of Counseling, is suggested to be completed no earlier than two terms prior to the beginning of practicum.

Application for Practicum

Artifacts

  • Diversity Strand: CNL 7290 graded Reflection Paper (i.e., Life History, Reaction Paper, Cultural Visit Paper)
  • Technology Strand: PowerPoint, Excel, Pilot, or Elluminate Live (Blackboard Collaborate) graded assignment.
  • Professionalism Strand: Professional Resume completed in CNL 7280
  • Emotional Intelligence Strand: CNL 7230 emotional intelligence assessment (results)

The above artifacts are due along with the student’s practicum application. If the student does not have a grade for one of the above assignments due to an online submission, or the nature of the assignment, a copy of the assignment should be turned in without the grade.

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only-students MUST apply each semester they plan to register for Internship.The student must supply verification of liability insurance at the time of each application. A photocopy of the insurance application and check will not fulfill this requirement. The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. Student applications to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) and applications for ACA Professional Liability Insurance are available in 108 Allyn Hall. Students may also join the AMHCA for Professional Liability Insurance.

Practicum Requirements 

  • On-Site Requirements Individual and Group Practicum (CNL 8650): The student is required to spend a minimum of 7 hours per week* (for a minimum total of 100 hours per semester) at his/her site; however, a site may require additional hours. Of the 100 hours, a minimum total of 40 hours must involve direct client contact. Of these 40 hours, at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of individual counseling and at least 25 percent (10 hours) must be of group counseling. The remaining 50 percent (20 hours) may be a combination of counseling: individuals, groups, couples, families, consultation, and appraisal. In addition, 1 hour per week must be direct individual supervision of the practicum student by the site supervisor. For purposes of critique and evaluation, a minimum of one audio or video taping per week is required. Intake interviews alone will not fulfill these requirements. Students have the responsibility for following site procedures, both for securing permission to tape and insuring the confidentiality of the obtained tape. Students are strongly encouraged to exceed the minimum number of required counseling hours per week.

*Wright State University’s summer sessions are 12-week semesters. Students registered for Practicum during a summer semester will be required to spend a minimum of 9 hours per week at his/her site, in order to obtain the minimum 100 hours required for practicum.


Internship

CNL 8670: Marriage and Family Counseling

The student is required to complete a total of 6 credit hours of CNL 8670 for a minimum of 600 clock hours at his/her internship site with a minimum of 240 direct client contact hours. 150 of the 240 hours should be completed counseling couples and families. The site supervisor can be a LPCC-S, however suggested dual license as IMFT whenever possible. This may be accomplished in one of the following sequences below for the 15-week Fall & Spring semester.The following are minimum internship requirements.

Prerequisites

  • In addition to completing the requirements for practicum, the practicum (CNL 8650) must be completed.
  • In addition to the following prerequisite experiences, prior to receiving departmental approval for internship, students are to be in good standing in the College of Education and Human Services and maintain a grade point average of 3.0.

Applications and paperwork apply for one semester only-students MUST apply each semester they plan to register for Internship. The student must supply verification of liability insurance at the time of each application. A photocopy of the insurance application and check will not fulfill this requirement. The student can provide a copy of the policy or anything that states their name and the dates that they will be covered by the insurance. Student applications to join the American Counseling Association (ACA) and applications for ACA Professional Liability Insurance are available in 108 Allyn Hall. Students may also join the AMHCA for Professional Liability Insurance.

Internship Requirements

*Please refer to the Practicum and Internship PowerPoint presentation on the DHS homepage for additional information. The following procedures are required in order to register for
CNL 8670:

  • The student needs to submit an application (Appendix 1), proof of liability insurance ,an unofficial academic advising report, and a copy of the program of study, by the dates specified below for each semester of CNL 8670:

Last semester Internship submissions:

  • Content Knowledge Strand: NBCC exams or department comprehensive exam results (evidence of passing)

Pedagogical Content Knowledge Strand:

  • CNL 8650 and CNL 8670 Site Supervisor Practicum and Internship Evaluations (Appendix 5).
  • Completed Impact on Client Needs forms that reflect successful interventions (Appendix 9).
  • Graded CNL 953 Case Conceptualization assignment (this requirement is for Clinical Mental Health Students only).

Last semester of enrollment students must submit the following artifacts:

  • Content Knowledge Strand NBCC exam or department comprehensive exam results (evidence of passing)
  • Pedagogical Content Knowledge Strand CNL 865 (CNL 8650) and 867 (8670) Site Supervisor Practicum and Internship Evaluations. Completed Impact on Client Needs forms that reflect successful interventions.

All Marriage and Family Counseling students are required to submit artifacts that will be used to make up their academic portfolio. These artifacts represent the six strands of the College of Education and Human Services Conceptual Framework. The strands of the Conceptual Framework include:

  1. Pedagogical  Content  Knowledge
  2. Technology
  3. Emotional  Intelligence
  4. Professionalism
  5. Diversity
  6. Content  Knowledge

Internship may be accomplished in one of the following sequences:

Sequence 1: 2 credit hours per semester (for 3 semesters)

  • A minimum of 14 clock hours per week on site for fall and spring semester, and 17 clock hours per week on site for summer semester (minimum 200 clock hours per semester).
  • A minimum of 80 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Clinical Mental Health Internship manual.
  • A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the LPCC-S Site Supervisor.
  • A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Sequence 2: 3 credit hours per semester (for 2 semesters)

  • A minimum of 20 clock hours per week on site for fall and spring semesters, and 25 clock hours per week for summer semester at the site (300 clock hours minimum per semester).
  • A minimum of 120 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Clinical Mental Health Internship manual.
  • A minimum of 1 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the LPCC-S Site Supervisor.
  • A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Sequence 3: 4 credit hour semester (for a combination of 2 credit hours one semester and 4 credit hours another semester)

  • A minimum of 27 clock hours per week at the site for fall and spring semester and 34 clock hours per week at the site for summer semester (400 clock hours minimum per semester).
  • A minimum of 160 direct client contact clock hours. Additional requirements are detailed in the Clinical Mental Health Internship manual.
  • A minimum of 1.5 clock hour per week of direct face-to-face supervision with the LPCC-S Site Supervisor per week.
  • A minimum of 1.5 clock hours per week of group supervision with the University Faculty Supervisor.

Program Outcomes

Marriage and Family Counseling/Licensure

Department of Human Services, Marriage and Family Counseling Program has been approved by the Ohio Counseling, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board for Professional Counselor licensure (PC) and Marriage and Family Therapy licensure (MFT). MFT licensure does require the addition of CNL 8600 Techniques of Child Counseling or CNL 8600 Play Therapy, and while in internship 150 hours of face to face counseling with couples and/or families.