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Master of Arts in Family Counseling

College of Education


Name: Charles Pistorio
Phone: (773) 442-5551
Link: Department Website


The Department of Counselor Education offers a 60 hour program (20 courses) leading to the Master of Arts in Family Counseling. The program leads to licensure in Illinois for LCPC and LMFT. Family counselors work with individuals, families, and couples. Family counselors treat a variety of problems such as marital problems, individual problems, child-parent problems, and problems such as depression and anxiety. Family counselors look at the impact that a family can have on an individual, and may look to the family as part of a treatment plan.

Is this for me?

The family counseling program is for you if you enjoy helping families struggling with parenting issues who are interested in getting along better and communicating more effectively. The program may also be for you if you enjoy working with couples in distress who want to improve their relationship and if you would like to engage in premarital counseling to help couples with effective problem resolution strategies.


The Family Counseling program prepares students for employment in settings such as mental health agencies, community counseling agencies, chemical dependency programs, hospitals, marriage and family counseling clinics, crisis centers, and court services. Many LMFTs and LCPCs with experience work in private practice settings and bill third party insurance.