The Program aims to prepare and qualify specialized counselors equipped with expertise in the field of family counseling in terms of knowledge, skills, and ethics to be able to practice the profession of counseling in various career counseling centers (educational, social, health, etc.) or to practice the profession of counseling under the supervision of a licensed family counselor. This is achieved by:

  1. Providing students with knowledge and theories related to family counseling, and the theoretical and cognitive foundations of normal and abnormal family job performance, with linking them to the practical or real situations in the local community.
  2. Training them to use methods of diagnosing family problems by applying family counseling tools and tests in line with standardized terms and norms (standards), such as the Genogram.
  3. Providing them with the ability to plan, design and implement intervention programs for family counseling, and to develop treatment plans within the framework of the concept of family system.
  4. Training them on family counseling skills, such as conducting the family counseling interview, family counseling listening and communication skills, preparing the family file, building the counseling relationship with the family case, and using the family counseling techniques.
  5. Educating them about the ethics of the family counselor, and the legal consequences of not adhering to them.
  6. Development of a positive personality that is characterized by effective communication, critical and creative thinking, and the ability to develop in professional, technical and technological terms.
  7. Training them on the correct method of writing scientific papers.

After completing the program, the student is expected to be able to:

  • Understand the theories and models of family counseling, and relate them to the real environment in the local community.
  • To apply the techniques and skills of family counseling, such as conducting the family interview, reflective and active listening, and building the counseling relationship with the given family situation.
  • To diagnose family psychological problems by using various family counseling tools such as family genograms, and various psychological tests.
  • To design family counseling programs that are consistent with the nature of the situation concerned.
  • To produce scientific research papers in the field of family counseling by using analytical and critical thinking skills, effective communication with others and information technology.
The following conditions are required for admission to the Program:

  1. The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from the University of Bahrain or its equivalent from other universities recognized by University of Bahrain in psychology, education, special education, or social service, with a GPA not less than 2.67 out of 4.00 according to the points system or its equivalent and have appropriate practical experience.
  2. To succeed in the personal interview required by the Department.
  3. The applicant must have a TOEFL Certificate in the English language or its equivalent in a degree determined by the Department, or pass two remedial courses in the English language, and the student’s admission is canceled in the event that these two courses are not successfully passed for the second time.
  4. Passing a written test in the English language prepared by the English Language Center at the University of Bahrain, and whoever does not pass this test must study two English language courses.
  5. The Bachelor's degree holders from other majors who meet the conditions mentioned in items (1-2-3) can be accepted on condition that they study three pre-requisite courses in psychology, which are: Introduction to Psychology, Childhood and Adolescent Psychology, and Social Psychology, and hours of these remedial courses are not counted within the required credit hours for the Higher Diploma and Master Programs of Family Counseling.
  6. To submit two recommendations from academic professors or renowned professional references in the field.
The minimum period for completing the Higher Diploma Program is two semesters, and the maximum is five semesters. As for the Master’s degree, the maximum number of terms for completing the Master’s requirements, including the Higher Diploma stage, is eight semesters.

Conditions for obtaining a Higher Diploma and a Master's degree in Family Counseling:

  1. To obtain a higher diploma, the student must obtain a GPA not less than 3.00 out of 4.00 according to the points system, and successfully complete all program courses.
  2. The student is awarded a Master's degree in family counseling after successfully passing 36 credit hours, and meeting all requirements for obtaining a Master’s degree in accordance with the graduate studies programs system of the University of Bahrain.
  3. To obtain a Master’s degree, the student must successfully complete all hours of the program and have a GPA not less than 3.00 out of 4.00 according to the points system, with his or her thesis accepted with a grade not less than B.
  4. The grade required for the success in the courses of graduate studies programs is B at least, and the student is considered successful if only in two academic courses he or she obtains a grade of B- or C+.