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The Marriage/Family/Child Counseling Internship is a clinical experience required of all MFCC students. The internship is divided into two sections, each lasting 15 weeks. The internship experience comprises Portfolio III of the counseling portfolio series. Students are placed in community agencies where they provide clinical marriage/family/child counseling services to clients under the direction of an approved licensed site supervisor.



This graduate-level course is 15 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 15 weeks

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    Psychotic Disorders

    • Compare and contrast psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.

    Mood Disorders

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Compare and contrast mood disorders.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.

    Substance-Related Disorders

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Demonstrate clinical use of terminology associated with substance-related disorders.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.

    Childhood Disorders I

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze the effects of childhood disorders on child development and socialization.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.

    Psychiatric Rating Scales

    • Establish diagnosis while identifying comorbid conditions using psychiatric rating scales.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting Educational Sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.

    Human Sexuality

    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze sexual behavior, including deviance, and gender identity development.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.

    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.

    Anxiety Disorders

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Compare and contrast anxiety disorders.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.

    Eating Disorders

    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Compare and contrast eating disorders.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.

    Childhood Disorders II

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze the effects of childhood disorders on child development and social interaction.

    Cognitive Disorders and the Mental Status Exam

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Conduct an in-depth mental status examination.

    Personality Disorders

    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Compare and contrast treatments for personality disorders.
    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.

    Abuse, Neglect, and Psychiatric Emergencies

    • Review personal growth and development of a professional counselor identity.
    • Analyze attainment of personal and professional goals.
    • Demonstrate effective professional identity with counseling skills and competencies.
    • Complete requirements of evaluations in this course.
    • Analyze signs and symptoms of abuse, neglect, and psychiatric emergencies.

    Dissociative Disorders

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills/competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Compare and contrast dissociative disorders.

    Orientation to Internship

    • Outline internship site expectations including retrieval of and discussion on state regulations for licensure.
    • Describe placement agency mission, culture, policy and procedure.
    • Establish guidelines for clinical supervision with contract.
    • Examine the tenets of counselor-client interactions.
    • Review clinical case staffing presentation guidelines and requirements.

    Family Dysfunction and Parenting

    • Participate as clinical staff peer-reviewer in clinical case staffing presentations.
    • Demonstrate effective clinical written and verbal skills.
    • Demonstrate clinical assessment, treatment planning, and diagnostic skills and competency.
    • Exhibit professional behavior and presentation skills for conducting educational sessions at a conference venue.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the legal and ethical implications of making a clinical diagnosis.
    • Analyze parenting and treatment techniques for use with families experiencing dysfunction.
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