Department of Counseling & Family Therapy
The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy offers both master's and doctoral degree programs as well as a certificate program. The department is unique in that it is attentive not only to understanding the development of individuals through the life cycle, but also to fostering sensitivity to the family and other social contexts in which people live, learn and work.
The mission of the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy is to train counselors and marriage and family therapists who are engaged in service to individuals, couples, families, and the community. Through a scholarly and reflective process, we are involved in the development of professional clinicians who understand and recognize the primacy and importance of scientific inquiry, diversity, and social justice; who respect and accept multiple perspectives; who strive to practice in a collaborative engagement with other professionals and the community.
The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy was originally created as a program within the Department of Education. However, early leadership from Ray and Dorothy Becvar, internationally known leaders in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy, led to Counseling and Family Therapy becoming a stand-alone department. This transition occurred as a result of the creation of the Institute for Leadership and Public Service, in which Counseling and Family Therapy became one of the six departments within the newly formed Institute and later the College of Education and Public Service. The Department of Counseling and Family Therapy currently offers programs to accommodate the student seeking part-time as well as full-time study.
Saint Louis University
Department of Counseling and Family Therapy
Fitzgerald Hall, Suite 10
3500 Lindell Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63103
3500 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO USA 63103
ph 314 977-7108 | fx 314 977-2614