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Family and Child Therapy Diploma Programs in Grand Rapids, MI

The Grand Rapids, MI, area has just one university offering a program related to family and child therapy. It is less than a mile from downtown. Learn about this degree program, its admission information and its program requirements to make an informed education decision.

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Grand Rapids, MI, Schools with Family and Child Therapy Degree Programs

No schools in the Grand Rapids area offer a diploma program in family and child therapy. Western Michigan University (WMU) does have a master's degree program in marriage, couple and family counseling. WMU's main campus is more than 50 miles from Grand Rapids in Kalamazoo, MI, but the school also has a campus less than half a mile from downtown Grand Rapids that offers the relevant graduate program. This school offers a master's degree program in marriage, couples and family counseling. Most of WMU - Grand Rapids' roughly 1,500 students attend classes on a part-time basis in the evening or on the weekend.

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School Information

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Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids
School Type University; public (graduate level only)*
Total Enrollment (2015) Over 1,500 students*
Campus Setting Metropolitan city*
Tuition (2015-2016) $530.31 per credit hour (fees not included)*
Relevant Facilities The Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (Downtown location)*

Sources: *Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids.

Western Michigan University - Grand Rapids

WMU - Grand Rapids' master's degree in marriage, couple and family counseling is a specialization of the general counselor education program. This program's specializations prepare students for a variety of entry-level counseling positions. The marriage, couple and family counseling specialization, in particular, is offered in collaboration with the university's Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. Students can expect to gain the knowledge and skills needed to help couples and families deal with the potential problems of living in the modern world.

Master of Arts in Counselor Education - Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling

Applicants to this degree program should have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher and an academic background in psychology or a related field of study. The program itself consists of 60 credit hours of coursework, including on-site counseling practicum hours. Only traditional face-to-face instructional courses are offered. They cover topics such as counseling techniques, theories of counseling and the foundations of systematic family therapy.

Students can complete their practicum hours at either of the university's two on-site clinics, one of which is located on the campus in downtown Grand Rapids. They can also complete their practicum hours at other schools' counseling centers in the area that have an academic affiliation with the university. Completing the program will lead students to licensure as a professional counselor; with the help of an advisor, students can also gain licensure as a marriage and family therapist.

Other School Options

Prospective students may also be interested in the undergraduate degree program in family studies at Cornerstone University, located 5.1 miles from downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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