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Build marriage and family counseling expertise with a combination of
online courses, in-person learning experiences, and engaging
The curriculum aligns to current marriage and family therapist
education standards and is designed to help prepare you for state
Our faculty is made up of scholar-practitioners who are active within
their professions and bring real-world experience to the
Apply your skills and knowledge in the field with direct-client
contact and supervision.
Enhance the skills you develop in your program through interaction
with faculty and students in a supportive environment.
Our curriculum is designed to incorporate the values, principles, and
ethical standards of national, regional, and state professional
counseling associations and honor societies.
Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. View all core faculty.
Faculty Chair and Program Director, Marriage & Family
Program Lead & Core Faculty, Marriage & Family
Core Faculty, Marriage & Family Counseling/Therapy
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*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and
it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).
Your price may be higher or lower depending on your
specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer
credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you
would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits
and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.
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Enroll in your master's degree, apply for the $5K scholarship, and meet eligibility requirements.
If you're an active-duty military service member, spouse, or veteran, discounts may be available.
We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.
The curriculum for our marriage and family counseling/therapy
master's degree program includes online and face-to-face experiences
that focus on assessment, diagnosis, treatment, intervention, and
Systemic Approaches to Gender and Sexuality
This course presents historical and contemporary perspectives of
gender and sexuality and their cultural influences. Learners develop a
systemic view of gender and sexuality and apply it to the assessment
and intervention process with individuals, couples, and families.
Learners also explore and challenge their personal beliefs, attitudes,
and values associated with gender and sexuality and the ways they may
impact the therapeutic process.
Prerequisite(s): COUN5220, COUN5222, COUN5270, COUN-R5821.
|4 quarter credits|
Marriage and Family Systems
Learners in this course study families as systems from theoretical,
clinical, and research perspectives. The course emphasizes family
development, transitions, assessment, and intervention, including
consideration for diversity and sociocultural factors. Learners also
apply systems-oriented assessment models and strategies for initial
interviews, hypothesis formulation, and designing a strategy for
|4 quarter credits|
Couple and Marital Therapy
In this course, learners investigate systems-based couples
counseling/therapy theories, methods, and practices and focus on
therapeutic treatment planning and intervention. Learners also examine
and interpret couples counseling/therapy literature and examine ways
to apply it to clinical practice.
Prerequisite(s): COUN5220, COUN5270.
|4 quarter credits|
Utilizing Systemic Approaches: Infancy Through Adolescence
This course is a comprehensive overview of systemic approaches used
to diagnose, assess, and treat children and adolescents experiencing a
variety of symptoms. Learners demonstrate an understanding of standard
and systemic best practices, design interventions based on relevant
research, and apply an ethical framework that is developmentally
informed and culturally sensitive.
|4 quarter credits|
Marriage and Family Counseling/Therapy Theory and Practice
This course provides learners with the clinical marriage and family
therapy skills they will need for their first residency, including
building and maintaining therapeutic relationships, conceptualizing
cases from a systemic perspective, conducting couple and family
sessions, performing therapeutic assessments, applying ethical and
legal standards of practice when working with couples and families
from diverse backgrounds, and understanding diagnosis. Learners
continue to integrate marriage and family counseling/therapy theories
with clinical practice.
COUN-R5821 must be taken the quarter immediately following
COUN5820. Prerequisite(s): COUN5004, COUN5220, COUN5222, COUN5270.
Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.
|4 quarter credits|
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Both are concerned with the mental health and well-being of clients.
What are differences between the two?
When selecting a master’s counseling program, you can’t place too
much importance on accreditation.
Learning options like practica and internships provide hands-on,
in-person experiences to solidify knowledge.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and
personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to
explore as you consider a master’s degree in marriage and family
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some
positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure,
certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because
many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella
cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a
promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you
to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
While the marriage and family therapy field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:
Address crises and help support healthy relationships and families by encouraging clients to talk through their emotions and experiences.
Prepare for roles in either public or private practice, as well as in social service or family preservation agencies.
Apply mental health counseling theories and research to contemporary clinical practice, delivering therapy services to clients while promoting mental health and wellness, too.
Prepare for roles in either public or private practice, as well as in mental health agencies, and other treatment centers.
Apply addiction intervention and prevention theories, models, and approaches to individuals and groups to persons and families affected by alcohol, drugs, and other addictive disorders.
Prepare for roles in either public or private practice or a variety of agencies offering counseling for substance abuse.
Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.
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