Staci Born, Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Wenona Hall 301, Box 507
Students who successfully complete this 60-credit hour specialization will earn a Master of Science in Counseling and Human Resource Development specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling. Upon successful completion of the core requirements, and those of the Marriage and Family Counseling specialization and with the successful completion of the comprehensive written and oral examinations, graduates are endorsed as having constructed appropriate entry level knowledge and as having met appropriate skill acquisition to be recognized as professional marriage and family therapists. Students in the Marriage and Family Counseling specialization are also responsible for having taken supporting area courses which supplement or enhance their chosen specialty.
Student Learning Outcomes
- Understand and advocate for positive attention to developmental needs of individuals, couples, families, and groups;
- Effectively identify needs of individuals, couples, and families as they relate to human development and sexuality over the lifespan;
- Appreciate cultural, ethnic, and gender differences as they relate to perceptions and expectations of counseling; (Transferable Skill: Diversity Awareness)
- Apply ethical, legal, moral, and professional standards to all aspects of professional counseling services; (Transferable Skill: Ethics - Moral Decision Making/Moral Reasoning)
- Respond to the mental health needs of a variety of individuals, couples, and families, through a wide spectrum of services including support, education, assessment, and treatment;
- Understand and be able to appropriately select and apply a variety of service or treatment modalities;
- Be prepared to pursue licensure as a professional marriage and family therapist.
Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure
The Master of Science in CHRD specializing in Marriage and Family Counseling, is seeking accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
All Master of Science students are eligible to begin the process for the National Certified Counselor certification. Upon graduation, Marriage and Family Counseling specialization students are eligible to apply to complete the National Marriage and Family Therapy Examination.
Graduation from this program does not grant immediate licensure as a marriage and family therapist. Licensure differs by state and is obtainable by completing additional client contact hours after graduation. Students are responsible for researching licensure requirements for the state in which they plan to practice.
The Marriage and Family Counseling specialization is designed to meet the requirements of the South Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners. Graduates of this specialization are eligible for training supervisee status under the South Dakota Board of Examiners for Counselors. Once graduates complete an approved plan for the remainder of the supervised clinical experience, they are eligible for licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).
Course Delivery Format
Instruction occurs through didactic (classroom) and clinical experience. Most classes are enhanced with internet supplement.