Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling
Gardner-Webb University offers the Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program comprised of a 69-semester-hour curriculum offered on GWU’s main campus in Boiling Springs, NC.
Healthy marriages and strong families are essential components of a well-functioning society. The strength and stability of these relationships are increasingly challenged, resulting in a need for mental health professionals who are trained to meet the particular needs of marriages, couples, and families in crisis. Counseling is a valuable resource with proven efficacy and positive outcomes for marriages, couples, and families with varying degrees of therapeutic need. Licensed professional counselors are better equipped to provide effective services if trained in the specialty of marriage, couple, and family counseling.
Gardner-Webb University is in a unique position to provide this training considering the University’s commitment to Christian values, the strength of its existing two CACREP-accredited counselor training programs (Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling), and its preparation of professional counselors who often are employed in rural areas in which therapeutic need is high and access to professional counseling services is limited. By offering a graduate level Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program, the University will further serve its mission.
We have designed this program in line with CACREP's standards for Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling programs and plan to apply for CACREP accreditation in 2015 when our MHC and SC programs come up for accreditation renewal.
We have also designed this program in line with licensing requirements for both the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT) credentials. Anyone wishing to pursue the LMFT credential should consult with the MCFC program coordinator Dr. Shannon Warden; 704-406-3965; email@example.com to determine any additional steps that the student needs to take toward obtaining that credential.
THIS PROGRAM IS A FALL ONLY START
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
- GPA = 3.0 or greater
- Test scores from GRE (290 combined quantitative + verbal) or MAT (389)
- Statewide criminal background check with residence verification form
- Three professional or academic references
- 12 hours of undergraduate psychology work
- Interview with program faculty
- Transfer Credit - Up to 9 transfer hours accepted
For more information about the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling program, you can call the Graduate Admissions office at 704-406-4723 or 1-877-498-4723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.