and Child Therapy Specialty
May 4, 1996
Introduction to Graduate Studies
Instructor: Mark A. Nichols
The student roles and responsibilities of the Masters of Counseling in
Marriage, Family and Child Therapy (MC\MFCT) 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
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... [continues]
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