LBC | Marriage and Family Counseling

Marriage & Family Counseling

Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts (BS/MA)


Learn to strengthen families and marriages through Christ-centered counseling.

Study Marriage & Family Counseling at LBC

Provide Healing and Hope to Hurting Families

All families struggle. Learn how to support them in their times of need.

LBC’s marriage & family counseling concentration gives students a deep understanding of marriage and family issues – and equips them to address them head-on.

Throughout the course of the program, students examine their own personal experiences and expectations, study the role and importance of marriage and family from a biblical perspective and learn the fundamental skills of effective counseling and therapy. This unique, 5-year track program allows highly motivated students to build their knowledge and skills in professional counseling, allows them to earn a Master of Arts in Counseling in an accelerated fashion and prepares them for state licensure.

Why Study Marriage & Family Counseling Here?

  • You can receive both undergraduate and graduate degrees in just five years.
  • Students who graduate from the program will be prepared for professional licensure.
  • You'll learn and study under experienced professionals who actively work as counselors and therapists.

"Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

A Closer Look: Marriage & Family Counseling

LBC | Social Work

Preparing Students for the Future

"My experience in the Counseling & Social Work department has been amazing." said Shanice Smith-Starr, a social work major at LBC, "It has been such a blessing to learn how to serve and value people from various parts of life. I am thankful that I am being fully equipped to serve others through Christ, whom is our greatest example."

Meet The Faculty

Dr. Ryan Kuehner

Chair of the Counseling & Social Work Department

"Hey, airplanes still take off in the rain" — Dr. Kuehner

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Mr. Judd Buckwalter

Program Director Professional Counseling

"What motivates me to teach is seeing the overwhelming need for biblically solid and emotionally healthy counselors who desire to love people in Jesus name." — Mr. Buckwalter

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Dr. Freeman Chakara

Professor of Psychology

"There is nothing more humbling to me than to collaborate with the Lord in supporting His work in the lives of my students here at LBC." — Dr. Chakara

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Dr. Gary Troxell

Program Coordinator - M.Ed in Professional School Counseling

"My teaching style and design is purposed towards assisting students to incorporate a biblical worldview in their thinking, with an integrationist perspective, in order to utilize the Book of God’s Word and the Book of God’s Works to seek Him further." — Dr. Troxell

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Careers and Jobs in Marriage & Family Counseling

  • Professional Counselor
  • Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Clinical Case Manager
  • Therapeutic Staff Support
  • Residential/Psychiatric Aide
  • Counseling Pastor

Sample Course Outline

PCN 122 - Group Experience & Self-Evaluation

The course provides students with an in depth self-evaluation for both personal development and professional development for the human services field. Student learning occurs through in-class instruction and group participation during class. The teaching method is experiential in nature. The course consists of an off campus weekend seminar during the first semester of the freshman year. Students will be required to read a textbook on spiritual formation and complete a reflection journal post seminar.

PCN 201 - Systems of Counseling I: Christian

This course examines the history of Christian counseling as it relates to the integration of theology and psychology. Consideration is given for the broad range of approaches including: biblical counseling, levels-of-explanation, integration, and Christian psychology. Course content includes study and application of the principles and methods for effective biblical change.

SOC 228 - Principles & Techniques of Counseling

This introductory course aims to apprise students of the basic tools necessary for effective counseling. As might be expected, the course covers a broad range of topics ranging from professional ethics to specific techniques used in therapy. Although most of the current theories and techniques are not necessarily derived from specific scriptural texts, a biblical worldview is foundational to the views advanced in this class. To that end, students are encouraged to interact with several sources outside the classroom setting in order to provide rich illustrations for the benefit of their classmates.

PCN 212 - Systems of Counseling II: Psychology

This course surveys the various psychological systems of counseling beginning with the early pioneers extending to the most recent therapeutic methodologies. Consideration is given for an eclectic approach that utilizes a foundational methodology with intervention strategies from various schools of thought.

CPS 541 - Group Counseling Leadership Skills

This is a clinical course designed to give students their first training in the theory and practice of group psychotherapy. Emphasis will be given to identifying and developing group leadership skills. Practical group experience outside of class will be required.

CPS 520 - Applied Counseling and Psychological Methodologies

This course will introduce the student to a variety of traditional counseling methodologies along with our appraisal from an evangelical biblical perspective. Students will also have opportunities to develop a breadth of concrete and functional skills to facilitate helping of the “whole” person. Consideration will also be given to contemporary issues facing the practitioner.

CPS 530 - Professional Ethics in Counseling and Psychological Casework

A study of ethical principles as they apply to situations of counseling others will be conducted by means of case study. Students will be expected to grow in their level of judgment for decision making in the context of potential ethical dilemmas and challenges.

CPS 520 - Applied Counseling and Psychological Methodologies

This course will introduce the student to a variety of traditional counseling methodologies along with our appraisal from an evangelical biblical perspective. Students will also have opportunities to develop a breadth of concrete and functional skills to facilitate helping of the “whole” person. Consideration will also be given to contemporary issues facing the practitioner.

CPS 540 - Marriage Counseling and Psychotherapy

This course is designed to explore the major models of couple therapy as well as biblical concepts foundational to marriage and relationship. The class will also consider materials on major ruptures of the relational bond. Through readings, lectures, video tapes and classroom participation, theoretical perspectives and therapeutic techniques will be presented.

CPS 550 - Family Counseling and Psychotherapy

This is a crucial course for defining family relationships on the basis of biblical principles and a systematic model of understanding. Healthy and unhealthy family dynamics will be understood and provide a basis for the goals of counseling families. Family dynamics will be understood from a generational and larger church family perspective. The student will understand a variety of models and build a counseling process primarily from the systemic model. Nurture, prevention, and intervention into families in a ministry or clinical context will be discovered and implemented.

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