Orientation to Counselors Professional Identity and Function – CEFS 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 06/08/2022

Course Description

This course introduces students to concepts regarding the professional functioning of licensed professional counselors and marriage and family therapists, including history, roles, professional organizations, standards, and credentialing. Current issues in the practice of counseling and marriage and family therapy in a variety of professional settings are explored. Students are also introduced to program policies, graduate level writing and APA style.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


An understanding of the historical development of the relational/systemic perspective, contemporary conceptual foundations of therapy including early and contemporary models of Marriage and Family Therapy, evidence-based practice and the biopsychosocial perspective are integral to becoming an Marriage and Family Therapist.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions: Video Blogs (4)

Canvas discussion video blogs provide the student with the opportunity to articulate and present course concepts and respond to peer contributions. (CLOs FCA1b,c,d; PLOs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6).

MFT Program Scavenger Hunt Assignment

The student will use the MFT Counseling Handbook and Liberty online resources to complete a scavenger hunt in order to become familiar with the policies, procedures and services applicable to the student and Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies. (CLO PLO 1)

Systemic Thinking Paper Assignment

The student will write a 2-3 page paper in current APA format on the basic tenets of Systemic thinking including application to diverse populations and compatibility with a Christian Worldview (CLO FCA1a,c ; PLO 2, 5, 6)

State Licensure Checklist Assignment

The student will conduct a search of requirements for licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy within their state and complete the checklist connecting program courses to educational components, outlining post graduate requirements and store applicable codes for future reference. (CLOs FCA1c, PLO 1)

Wellness of the System Paper Assignment

The student will write a 2-3 page paper in current APA format that focuses on the definition of vicarious trauma and a personal systemic assessment and systemic wellness plan. (CLOs: FCA1 a, c ; PLO 4, 5)

Quizzes: Criminal Background Check (CBC) (3)

The student will purchase a background check from CastleBranch. Student will submit proof of purchase to Canvas:  CBC Purchase. (CLO PLO 1) Student will submit proof of background check submission to Canvas: CBC Submission (CLO PLO1). Student will submit proof of finger print requirement for background check to Canvas CBC Fingerprint (CLO PLO1)

Quizzes (17)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the module in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and fill in the blank questions, and have a 20-minute time limit except for Module 8: week 8 which contains 20 questions with a 30 minute time limit. (CLOs FCA1 a, b, c, d ; PLO 1, 2, 4, 7)