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Student Roles And Responsibilities For The Master

Of Counseling Marriage, Family
And Child Therapy Specialty Essay, Research Paper

Student Roles and Responsibilities for the Master of Counseling Marriage, Family

and Child Therapy Specialty

Daniel Kimball

May 4, 1996

HCS 500

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 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).

Ethical standards and the responsibility of protecting the rights of

clients must follow the AAMFT Code of Ethics and be reflected in the student’s

own actions and belief system. (University of Phoenix Handbook, 1995). Students

are to maintain client confidentiality, and understand that clinical data

should only be used to aid in the learning process. Students must develop and

maintain appropriate confidentiality in creating, storing, and disposing of

records as well as in written or communicated information to others (HCS500,

Ethical Standards, 1988).


The U of P MC\MFCT roles and responsibilities are to promote excellence in

ethical standards and professional development within the MC\MFCT graduate.

They are trained in providing couple family and individual assessment and

counseling with diverse populations. They are trained in family systems,

consultation, research and intervention services to advance profession of the

marriage, family and child therapy specialty.


Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (4th ed.). (1995).

Washington, DC. American Psychological Association.

HCS 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies (1996) Ethical Standards(1988, March)

[pp. 1-4].

University of Phoenix (1995). Program handbook. Master of Counseling: UMBX, p.


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