Master of Science in Marriage and Family Counseling

With or without thesis

Overview

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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.

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

Admission

Admission Requirements

  • 2.7 cumulative minimum GPA or better, and GRE score of 291 (Q&V sections combined) or MAT scaled score of 403

OR

  • 3.3 cumulative minimum GPA

*Applicants can also be admitted conditionally if cumulative GPA is between 2.3 and 2.7 and GRE score is between 281 and 290, or MAT scaled score is between 381 and 402.

Admission Deadlines

The graduate counseling and rehabilitation counseling programs review and admit new student twice a year. You are eligible to begin your program the following semester after you are admitted (i.e., students admitted in the fall are eligible to start taking classes in the spring semester, and so on.) The deadline to have all required application materials submitted to the Graduate School is as follows:

  • Spring 2015 Semester Admission: September 19, 2014
  • Summer 2015 or Fall 2015 Semester Admission: February 3, 2015
  • Spring 2016 Semester Admission: September 18, 2015

Only complete applications will be forward to the Department of Human Services office for review. Please check with the Graduate School at (937) 775-2976 to determine if your application is complete. After department review, successful candidates will be invited to a mandatory group interview (successful candidates will receive invitation via mail). Group interviews details are provided in invitation letter.

Admission Process

1

Apply to Graduate School.

2

Submit:

3

Successfully complete an interview with program faculty.

Questions about the graduate school application?  Contact:

Graduate School
Location: 344 Student Union
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Phone: (937) 775-2976
Fax: (937) 775-2453
Toll-free Number: 1-800-452-4723
Email: wsugrad@wright.edu

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 8000 Human Sexuality Counseling
  • CNL 7800 Systemic Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • 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.

The following courses must be completed for Marriage and Family Counseling majors:

  • CNL 7800 Systemic Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling
  • CNL 8000 Human Sexuality Counseling

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 RHB 7110
  • Emotional Intelligence Strand: RHB 705 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 PCC-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.

Summer Semester and Fall Semester- February 15 Spring Semester – October 10


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.

We currently have 18 students in Marriage and Family Counseling graduate program and 5 new students starting in the summer of 2014.  Approximately 39% of the students are from under-represented groups. Our department houses nine full time tenure track faculty who teache courses in the CORE and CACREP accredited curriculums. Dr. Fortson is an associate professor and department chair, he is also the advisor for the Marriage and Family Counseling program. Five adjunct faculty members also teach courses in the required curriculum.