Student Roles and Responsibilities for the Masters of Counseling

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Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Specialty

The student roles and responsibilities of the Masters of Counseling in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy (MCMFCT) at the University of Phoenix are to advance competent and ethical practitioners in family, couple and individual therapy in a variety of settings. By following the program's defined curriculum for professional role development, the successful graduate will be able to provide counseling services 'in accordance with the highest ethical and professional standards' (Master of Counseling - Program Handbook, p. 7).

To achieve this end, the student must adopt and synthesize the professional and ethical standards of the program into his own academic and personal development. He must develop and demonstrate a broad base of theoretical knowledge and therapeutic skills combined with his own ethical judgment and counseling expertise. The student is responsible for maintaining a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better to indicate a foundation of behavioral and social sciences, developmental theories as well as principles and practices for planning, initiating and evaluating therapeutic roles.

In addition, a GPA of 3.0 or better must be maintained in all clinical courses to display excellence in standards and competence as a counseling professional. Failure to maintain the expected grading requirement will result in academic probation.

In addition to the above criteria, the student must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills, group participation, interpersonal skills, analysis and problem solving skills, counseling skills, and professional development specific to the program objectives. These areas are addressed and evaluated in three portfolio review courses, each of which is pass/fail. The student's leadership, interpersonal skills, self-direction, self-awareness and personal growth should reflect the program's philosophical and ethical principles to ensure his development as a competent professional. (University of Phoenix Handbook, 1996).

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