Our world needs Christ-centered influencers, professionals and psychologists. A concentration in marriage and family studies prepares you to facilitate the spiritual, emotional and relational health of individuals, couples and families through an environment that embodies biblically based values in the counselor's character and methods.
Qualities for Career Success
Cornerstone University's academic programs reflect our commitment to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas: specialized knowledge, applied knowledge and collaborative learning, intellectual skills, civic and global learning and biblical worldview integration.
This means that successful completion of our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program equips you to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of marriage and family counseling.
- Articulate the historical progression to the present of psychology as a scholarly discipline and an applied practice.
- Explain the major theoretical models in marriage and family and how various approaches are used to modify and change individuals and systems.
- Describe the professional practices, techniques, communication and core ethical principles proposed by the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.
- Exhibit competency in applying your knowledge to address real-life problems specific to marriage and family counseling.
- Conduct professional, scientific research, including design, data collection, data analysis and dissemination of results. Describe major approaches to evaluation and research with couples and families.
- Identify differences between adaptive and maladaptive behavior, including assessment instruments and diagnostic systems such as the DSM classification.
- Demonstrate basic skills in psychological evaluation and psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, experiential, solution focused and narrative treatment approaches.
- Demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.
- Demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.
- Articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.