Our Lady of the Lake University's campus in The Woodlands offers an Master of Science (MS) in Psychology with a specialization in Family, Couple, and Individual Psychotherapy (FCIP). The Woodlands students complete a portion of their practica requirements at Houston area clinics and agencies. The Family, Couple, and Individual Psychotherapy concentration prepares practitioners to treat individuals, marital and family relationships, as well as larger systems from a systemic perspective.

The program meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, licensure as a Professional Counselor (LPC) through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.

Approach and Orientation of the program
Students in the MS program are taught a wide variety of theories and professional skills. However, the program emphasizes a particular set of therapy models. These models are described in various ways, such as: Relational Strengths-Based, Postmodern, Collaborative, Social Constructionist, and Competency-Based. While there are variations among these collaborative models, all of them have in common:

  • an emphasis on each person's strengths, resources, and unique perspectives
  • an emphasis on a non-pathological view with skepticism regarding the usefulness of psychiatric diagnoses 
  • an emphasis on collaborative practice in therapy

These Collaborative, Social Constructionist, and Competency-Based models include:

  • Collaborative Language Systems
  • Solution-Focused Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • MRI Strategic Family Therapy

These theoretical models are taught in our Systemic Approaches to Counseling courses, and strongly influence the perspective of many of our other courses.

In addition to these emphasized theories, students are provided a working knowledge of several other common and classical models of therapy (e.g., Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Structural) and are taught necessary diagnostic skills to allow them to function as independent therapists.

Learning PODS:
Students at The Woodlands campus are required to meet weekly in assigned small groups (PODS), which are scheduled outside of class time.

Our Lady of the Lake University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Our Lady of the Lake University that fall under one of these areas: (1) to learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) to file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) to file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.
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