Indiana Wesleyan University seeks to develop the highest quality of professional competence in those entering the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy (MFC/T) practice. The 60-credit-hour Master of Arts with a major in Counseling and specialization in Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy is interpersonal in focus and holistic in approach, emphasizing family systems within each student’s Christian worldview context. Evidence-based approaches in the field are given high priority in the curriculum. Students learn to engage with classic systemic models as well as more contemporary and postmodern approaches, benefit from our strongly interpersonal structure, and enjoy close interaction with faculty members. Those within the Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy program become an intimate community, a source of shared faith, knowledge, and friendship.
Through our state-of-the-art therapy and research center, MFC/T students are exposed to regular video recording and monitoring of their own and classmates’ therapy sessions, supervision with video recordings, live supervision through two-way mirrors, and numerous research opportunities. Students are also exposed to a variety of learning environments through the classroom, practicum experience, and internship placements.
We anticipate that our graduates will become leaders and public servants who thoughtfully address contemporary challenges such as troubled marriages, child concerns, single parenting, divorce, reconstituted families, and so forth. MFC/T students are trained to work with individual clients in a manner that is consistent with their own budding philosophy of marriage and family therapy. Emphasis is placed on each student grappling with his or her own understanding of why therapy is successful, i.e., what is one’s own theory of change within the therapeutic context?
Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy students must complete 100 practicum hours and 900 internship hours (1,000 hours total). Courses and practicums are completed at our Marion or Indianapolis (West) sites. The program curriculum is designed to meet the academic requirements for licensure as a marriage and family therapist in the state of Indiana.
This program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*, 1001 N. Fairfax St., Suite 510, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703-535-5990. Students completing the program are eligible to take the NCE (National Counselor Examination) during their last semester of coursework. They will be prepared to work in a variety of agency and mental health settings, to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, or to pursue doctoral studies.