Couples and Family Therapy - Counseling Psychology Master of Arts (MA) or Respecialization Certificate

William James College now offers two options for Couples and Family training

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and Couples and Family Therapy (CFT)  is a 60-credit program that can be completed in two years, full-time or three years part-time. Graduates will be well prepared with a strong foundation to provide therapeutic services to individuals, couples and families, as well as to agencies and communities.

The Couples and Family Therapy  (CFT) Respecialization Certificate helps individuals with a clinical or counseling psychology degree obtain the necessary qualifications to pursue a license as a marriage and family therapist in Massachusetts. The respecialization certificate takes a minimum of one academic year, depending on the courses students need. Each applicant's academic background will be assessed and an individualized study plan will be created.

Curriculum Map

Eligible for LMHC and LMFT (dual concentration)
Full Time Option (2 years)

Year One: Fall Semester (14 credits)
COU CX510 - Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)
COU FX510 - Introduction to Family Therapy (credits: 3)
COU PS635 - Professional Issues and Ethics (credits: 3)
COU CC523 - Psychology of Diversity and Difference (credits: 3)
COU CS500 - Practicum Seminar I: Helping Relationships I (credits: 2) 
COU FP521 - Counseling Practicum I (credits: 0)

Year One: Spring Semester (14 credits)
COU PY522 - Adult Psychopathology (credits: 3)
COU PA535 - Psychological Assessment for Counselors (credits: 3)
COU FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 3)
COU SB515 - Substance Abuse Evaluation and Treatment (credits: 3)
COU CS501 - Practicum Seminar II: Helping Relationships II (credits: 2)
COU FP523 - Counseling Practicum II (credits: 0)

Year One Total: 28 credits


Year Two: Summer Semester (9 credits)
COU GR501 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)
COU LS659 - Lifespan Development (credits: 3)
COU FX650 - Therapy with Couples (credits: 3)

Year Two: Fall Semester (12 credits)
COU RS510 - Research and Evaluation in Psychology (credits: 3)
Elective (credits: 1)
COU PY521 - Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence (credits: 3)
COU FX680 - Collaborative Consultation with Larger Systems (credits: 3)
COU CS610 - Internship Seminar I (credits: 2)
COU FP624 - Counseling Internship I (credits: 0)

Year Two: Spring Semester (11 credits)
COU PR624 - Capstone Project Seminar (credits: 3)
COU FX690 - The Role of Intimacy and Human Sexuality in the Family (credits: 3)
COU FX670 - The Contemporary Family (credits: 3)
COU CS611 - Internship Seminar II (credits: 2)
COU FP625 - Counseling Internship II (credits: 0)

Year Two Total: 32 credits
Program Total: 60 credits

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