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Benefits of the Program

This program option is designed to prepare counselors to address a variety of mental health and relationship issues from a family systems framework. Students in this program are trained to work with individuals, families, or couples from a systems perspective. In addition, this program option prepares students to work with both children and adolescents. The Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling program meets educational licensure requirements for a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in the State of Montana. Up to 1500 hours of the supervised counseling experience obtained during the program can be applied to the 3000 hours of supervised counseling experience needed prior to licensure in the state of Montana.

After licensure, graduates of the Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling option work in a variety of counseling contexts where they see children, adolescents, individuals, couples, and families. In this program, you are prepared to work with individuals, as well as with couples and families. This extended focus beyond individual counseling provides a well-rounded training experience.

This program is an approved Western Regional Graduate Program.  The WRGP allows master's, graduate certificate, and doctoral students who are residents of WICHE-member states to enroll in 900+ graduate programs at 60 public institutions outside their home state, and pay up to 150 percent of resident tuition.  To learn more, please see the WICHE/WRGP website.

About the Curriculum

Because marriage, couples, and family counseling requires high levels of professional maturity and interpersonal skills, the curriculum offers a number of experiential learning courses which are designed to foster students' personal development, relationship skills and professional orientation. The courses include self-exploration and skill acquisition regarding personal values, professional issues, personal and professional relationships, and group dynamics. The courses offer opportunities for development of cohesive relations between students through self-disclosure, empathic listening, feedback, and role play.

Competent counseling practice is informed and guided by theory. The program track emphasizes thorough knowledge of individual and family development within social contexts. Theory-based approaches to individual, family and group counseling are covered in-depth. During counseling practica, students are closely supervised in their use of knowledge about families and family counseling theories. Supervised practice continues and is expanded during internship. Students may complete a thesis where they develop competence at independent research or a professional paper/project if they desire in-depth focus in an area of special interest.





Anna Bartkowiak, PhD

Asst Professor, Counseling

   318 Herrick Hall
   (406) 994-6340
   [email protected]
Ed Dunbar

Ed Dunbar, PhD

NTT Instructor, Addictions Counseling

Katey Franklin

Katey Franklin, PhD

Asst Professor; Program Leader,  School Counseling

   210B Herrick
   (406) 994-3283
   [email protected]
Rebecca Koltz

Rebecca Koltz, PhD

Professor; Program Leader, Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling

   140 Reid Hall
   (406) 994-3299
   [email protected]
Bryan Lamb

Bryan Lamb, PhD

Director, Human Development Clinic; NTT Instructor

   1501 S. 3rd
   (406) 994-5993
   [email protected]
Sarah Mendoza

Sarah Mendoza, PhD

Asst Professor; Program Leader, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

   205F Herrick Hall
   (406) 994-3222
   [email protected]