Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling

A challenging and rewarding career

The Emphasis in Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling provides coursework in family counseling theory and techniques with special attention to working with multi-challenged families. Particular consideration is given to frameworks of family counseling that are comparative, multidimensional, and culturally inclusive. The course sequence is designed to satisfy the academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in Virginia. With two additional courses, the sequence also satisfies the academic requirements for licensure as a Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor. Selected courses may also be taken as electives by students throughout the School of Education who wish to develop specialized knowledge and skills in family counseling.

The marriage and family counseling emphasis builds upon the resources for counseling practicum and internship offered through the New Horizons Family Counseling Center, a teaching/research/service project in the Counselor Education Program at the College of William & Mary that promotes family-school collaboration.

Licensure for Professional Counselors in Virginia allows individuals with a master's degree in counseling to practice independently and it is required to obtain third-party payments. At this time in Virginia, licensure required a master's degree in counseling, 60 hours of graduate course work as a counselor, 2000 hours of post-master's supervision, and successful completion of the licensure examination. The 60 hours of course work includes courses taken for the master's degree. With the exception of psychopathology, the course work for the M.Ed. degree in Counseling at William and Mary covers all the required areas of course work for licensure. The Counselor and Psychopathology (EDUC 645) course is offered on a regular basis for those students who are interested in licensure. The entire 60 hours need not be taken during the M.Ed program. Some students elect to complete the 60 hours after they graduate.

M.Ed. Couples, Marriage and Family Counseling Program of Studies [pdf]

Program Contacts

[[vafost, Dr. Victoria Foster]]
(757) 221-2321

 
Licensure

Licensure as a Professional Counselor in Virginia
At this time in Virginia, licensure as a Professional Counselor requires a master’s degree in counseling, 60 hours of graduate course work in counseling, a 4000-hour, post-master’s clinical residency, and successful completion of the licensure examination. The program of studies  for all of the M.Ed.degrees in Counseling at the College of William and Mary includes all the required areas of classroom and clinical instruction needed for licensure as a Professional Counselor in Virginia and most other states.  The entire 60 hours need not be taken during the M.Ed. program.  Students in programs requiring less than 60 hours for graduation may elect to complete the 60 hours required for Virginia licensure before or after they graduate.

Licensure as a Marriage & Family Therapist in Virginia
The program of studies for the Couples, Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy program also meets the coursework and clinical instruction requirements for licensure in Virginia as a Marriage & Family Therapist and most other states.