Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling




The mission of the Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC) program is to provide graduates with the knowledge, skills, and practices necessary to address a wide variety of issues in the context of relationships and families.

Marriage, Couple and Family Counselors follow a unique approach to counseling viewing situations from a systemic perspective. This orientation is used with individuals, couples and families of diverse backgrounds to help them improve their lives.



Our program for the MCFC concentration is a 60 hour master’s degree which is fully accredited nationally by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP). The program includes both the academic and clinical components. Within the academic program, there are core courses as well as four (4) specialty courses in marriage, couple and family counseling. The clinical component consists of a practicum and two semesters of internship in settings that focus on viewing clients from a systems perspective.


At the completion of typically 3-year plan of studies, graduates are eligible to apply to become National Certified Counselors (NCC) and begin the process of supervision to become Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC). The Louisiana professional licensure process requires an additional 3000 hours of post-masters supervision, as well as a passing score on the licensing exam, the National Counselor Exam (NCE).


The MCFC program prepares graduates in the eight core curriculum areas, four specialty courses and specific additional objectives that address the standards set forth in the 2009 CACREP Standards for Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling.




1.Graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills related to the history, philosophy, and trends in marriage, couple, and family counseling.


2.Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary related to the roles and functions of marriage, couple, and family counselors in a variety of practice settings and in relation to other helping professional.

3.Graduates will understand and be able to apply a variety of models and theories of marriage, couple, and family counseling.

4.Graduates will have the knowledge and skills related to family development and the life cycle, sociology of the family, family phenomenology, contemporary families, family wellness, families and culture, aging and family issues, family violence, and related family concerns.

5.Graduates will acquire the knowledge and skills to deal with the impact of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events on marriages, couples, families and households.

6.Graduates will understand and apply ethical and legal considerations and professional issues related to the practice of marriage, couple, and family counseling.


For further information, please email the MCFC coordinator, Dr. Peter Emerson, at