Kentucky Marriage and Family License Categories

Marriage and Family Studies (3 course minimum – 9 semester hours): Topic areas may include: system theory, family development, family subsystems, blended families, gender issues in families, cultural issues in families, etc.

  • CO600 Family Systems Theory
  • CO615 Family Development: Discipleship in the Home
  • CO626 Couples Counseling Theory and Techniques OR (can apply to MFT)
  • CO627 Family Counseling Theory & Techniques OR (can apply to MFT)
  • CO730 Advanced Issues in Cross Cultural Counseling

Marriage and Family Therapy (3 course minimum – 9 semester hours): Courses in this area are intended to provide a substantive understanding of the major theories of marriage and family change and the applied practices evolving from each theoretical orientation.

  • CO520 Narrative Counseling
  • CO626 Couples Counseling Theory and Techniques OR (can apply to MFS)
  • CO627 Family Counseling Theory & Techniques OR (can apply to MFS)
  • CO618 Systemic Counseling of Children and Adolescents
  • CO672 Relational Psychodynamic Counseling

Human Develop (3 course minimum – 9 semester hours): Courses in this area should provide knowledge of the individual personality development and its normal and abnormal manifestations across the life span. Topic area may include: human development, child/adolescent development, personality theory, human sexuality, etc.

  • CO611 Human Sexuality
  • CO/CD616 Young & Middle Adult Development
  • CO620 Moral Development
  • CO622 Theories of Personality

Psychopathology/DSM (1 course minimum – 3 semester hours): Courses in this area should cover psychopathology, diagnosis through use of DSM, or application of DSM to marriage and family therapy.

  • CO720 Psychopathology

Professional Studies (1 course minimum – 3 semester hours): Courses in this area are intended to contribute to the professional development of the therapist. Areas of study include the therapist’s legal responsibilities, professional ethics as a marriage and family therapist, professional socialization, and the role of the professional organization, licensure or certification legislation, independent practice, and interprofessional cooperation.

  • CO610 Ethical and Legal Issues

Research (1 course minimum – 3 semester hours): Courses in this area should assist students in understanding and performing research. Topic areas may include: research methodology, quantitative methods, and statistics.

  • CO725 Research Seminar: Theory and Design

Practicum/Internship (Minimum 1 year, 300 hours of supervised direct client contact with individuals, couples & families). Applicants who did not complete a clinical practicum may satisfy the practicum requirement by using their 300 post-master’s client contact hours under supervision. These hours will not be counted toward the two years of required experience of the 200 hours of supervision.

  • CO700 Counseling Practicum
  • CO705 Counseling Internship I
  • CO706 Counseling Internship II
  • CO708 Counseling Internship III