M.A. Family Studies
About the Program
The Family Studies program is a unique program that combines advanced academic studies with expertise in family studies and training as a family counselor. The program includes applied training – practicum – that provides practical experience in family counseling during studies. The program’s graduates are certified as family counselors.
The objective of the practicum is to provide students with practical experience as family counselors, which helps build their professional identity. The practicum integrates the models, theories, tools, and professional skills acquired during the studies and apply them while counseling families in all their diversity.
The conceptual basis of the practicum is two key psychological clusters: the humanistic cluster, which believes in the ability of the individual to change and assume responsibility for his life; and the positive psychology cluster, which turns the spotlight on resources, abilities, and powers of the individual as a lever for change.
Students in the practicum participate in a workshop where they learn the different stages of the counseling model: diagnosis, focus of the counseling, and empowering interventions. Each stage is anchored in hands-on exercises, processing, and insights. At the same time, students undergo training in group and individual counseling, taught by experienced professionals, as part the counseling process.
The process is undertaken in pairs at facilities of the NPOs working with the College of Management Academic Studies, or at families’ homes.
The program offers four elective clusters:
• The basics of Adlerian philosophy cluster in family counseling in collaboration with the Adler Institute
• The theoretical foundations of the focused systemic approach in family counseling in collaboration with the 'Shinui' Institute.
• The intercultural family counseling cluster sponsored by the Jerusalem Intercultural Center and the Intercultural Treatment Network
• The applied cluster for new families counseling
• Each cluster includes a course, workshop, and seminar. Every student will take one of the above mentioned cluster.
The graduates will be awarded a participation certificate stating thenumber of academic hours studied for the purpose of continuing their training as family counselors.
What are my options after graduation?
With an M.A. in Family Studies, you will have unique knowledge and skills in everything related to the family institution, which will enable you to work as a family counselor, conduct research in the field, and obtain a range of jobs in the private and public market.
The program will equip you with suitable knowledge and skills to manage and lead organization, institutions, and important processes related to public policy for treating Israel’s adult population in order to contribute to shaping social policy on family matters, and to develop and manage the resources of organizations engaged in the family in Israel.
As counselor, this program will open before you counseling and guidance positions in the education system; counseling for organizations, including family-related NPOs and volunteer organizations; counseling on family policy and services; management of family and parent centers; parent counseling; counseling for couples and multigenerational families coping with the challenges of aging; economic and financial counseling (for counselors with a background in economics); legal counseling in family affairs (for counselors with a background in law); and more.
What you should know before registration
The two-year program includes two days of study per week, in the afternoon and on Fridays, making it possible to combine the program with a full-time job.
The number of places is limited which is why only applicants with the most suitable figures in the application conditions will be accepted. We advise obtaining the counseling offered to candidates in order to review your chances of admission.
The program is intended for candidates with a B.A. in Behavioral Sciences, Social Sciences and Humanities, Education (teaching certificate, education counselor, special education, and informal education), Media studies, Ssocial Work, Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Economics, Law, Nutrition, Physiotherapy, or Nursing, and certified Art Therapists. The admissions committee will consider the candidacy of people with degrees in other fields on a case-by-case basis.
Registration is open to people with graduate degrees in Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Law, and Social Work, as well as in other clinical fields and MDs in family medicine.
# The program is recognized by the Ministry of Education and participants are eligible for advanced training credits.