Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling M.S.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Through coursework and clinical training, students majoring in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling will:

  • Exhibit proficiency in counseling skills unique to forming and utilizing professional relationships in school and community settings.
  • Perform competently in the foundational knowledge base, outlined by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Program (CACREP), as well as the specific subject matter (2016 CACREP Standards 5.F) required for delivery of ethical, professional care in a counseling specialization. The knowledge base required by CACREP include the following core area:
  1. professional counseling orientation and ethical practice,
  2. social and cultural diversity,
  3. human growth and development,
  4. career development,
  5. counseling and helping relationships,
  6. group counseling and group work,
  7. assessment and testing, and
  8. research and program evaluation (2016 CACREP Standards 2.F.1-8).
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate theologically informed and spiritually sensitive interventions in counseling practice when appropriate and desired by clients.
  • Effectively apply counseling knowledge, skills and dispositions in professional practice.

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Successful completion of the prescribed curriculum of 60 credit hours with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of "B" or higher in COU 5133 - Counseling Skills and Characteristics, COU 5123 - Legal, Ethical, and Professional Standards, and COU 5XX3 – Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling, as well as practicum and internship courses; 700 hours of supervised practicum and internship under a supervisor approved by the program faculty; and an exit exam.

Note: In addition to the graduation requirements specific to each major, student performance is assessed throughout the program in key performance indicators, overall progress, and professional dispositions, as outlined in the Counselor Education Handbook.

Palm Beach Atlantic makes every effort to offer financial assistance through a variety of programs (federal and institutional) to deserving students. Scholarships are available for qualified students ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 based on full-time status. In addition, Federal Work-study awards and student loans may also be available. Students must apply for financial aid each year by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Learn more about opportunities for Financial Aid; for questions on work-study or loan eligibility please contact finaid@pba.edu.

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