Counseling — M.S. with Marital and Family Therapy — M.S. with School Counseling — Certificate

Graduates of this dual-degree with certificate program receive a master’s degree in Counseling, a master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy, and a School Counseling Certificate that allows them to apply for the Pupil Personnel Services credential within the state of California. Completion of the program requires a minimum of three years of full-time attendance. The 119-unit curriculum provides a mix of academic, experiential, and research activities essential for practice as a Clinical Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist, and School Counselor.  Students with the dual degree have licensure options providing maximum flexibility.  Graduates of this program are qualified to (a) sit for national Counseling licensure as well as the California-specific LPCC license (b) sit for MFT licensure in California and obtain MFT licensure around the country with fewer requirements given our program’s COAMFTE accreditation. Additionally, graduates are qualified to receive the Pupil Personnel Services certificate within the state of California.

Applicants must meet the admission requirements for each program:  M.S. degree in counseling, and M.S. degree in marital and family therapy.

Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale (or a letter grade of B) in order to progress successfully though the program and complete the degree. In addition, students must meet the knowledge, skills, and professional performance competencies outlined by the program.

A grade of B or better indicates that a student has mastered the knowledge, skill, and professional practice performance competencies outlined by the program. In order to progress successfully and complete the degree, students must meet both course and cumulative G.P.A. standards. The University allows students to repeat two courses per degree.  Course repeat expectations set by the School of Behavioral Health may be found in the general regulations section of this CATALOG.

Courses applicable to both degrees:
COUN/MFAM 501Research Tools and Methodology: Quantitative3
COUN/MFAM 502Research Tools and Methodology: Qualitative3
COUN/MFAM 515Crisis Intervention and Client Advocacy3
COUN/MFAM 524Psychopharmacology and Medical Issues3
COUN/MFAM 528Culture, Socioeconomic Status in Therapy3
COUN 540Foundations of Counseling and Psychotherapy3
or MFAM 535 Case Presentation and Professional Studies
COUN/MFAM 547Social Ecology of Individual and Family Development3
COUN/MFAM 556Psychopathology and Diagnostic Procedures3
COUN/MFAM 568Groups: Process and Practice3
COUN/MFAM 584Advanced Child and Adolescent Development3
COUN/MFAM 604Social Context in Clinical Practice: Gender, Class, and Race3
COUN/MFAM 614Law and Ethics3
COUN/MFAM 624Individual and Systems Assessment3
COUN/MFAM 638Family Therapy and Chemical Abuse3
COUN/MFAM 644Child Abuse and Family Violence3
COUN/MFAM 674Human Sexual Behavior3
COUN 675Dynamics of Aging1
MFAM 553Family Systems Theory3
RELR 540Wholeness and Health 13
Discipline-specific courses:
Marital and family therapy
MFAM 536Case Presentation and Documentation3
MFAM 537Case Presentation3
MFAM 551Family Therapy: Foundational Theories and Practice3
MFAM 552Couples Therapy: Theory and Practice3
MFAM 564Family Therapy: Advanced Foundational Theories and Practice3
MFAM 567Treating the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill and the Recovery Process3
MFAM 635Case Presentation and Legal Issues3
MFAM 636Case Presentation and Client-Centered Advocacy3
MFAM 637Case Presentation and Global Practices3
Choose one theory course from the following:2
Solution-Focused Family Therapy
Narrative Family Therapy
Cognitive-Behavioral Couples Therapy
Gestalt Family Therapy
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
Structural and Multidimensional Family Therapy
COUN 575Counseling Theory and Applications3
COUN 576Exceptional and Medically Challenged Children 13
COUN 577Assessment in Counseling 13
COUN 579Career Theories and Applications 14
COUN 678Consultation and Program Evaluation 13
COUN 682Clinical Counseling Practicum and Seminar 25
COUN 691Process Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy2
COUN 692Cognitive Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy2
COUN 693Systemic Approaches to Counseling and Psychotherapy2
School counseling certificate:
COUN 574Educational Psychology3
COUN 679Professional School Counseling3
COUN 681School Counseling Practicum and Seminar 32
Total Units119

Clinical hours

In addition to the above, students are required to meet Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS), Commission On Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), and Commission on Teacher Credentialing minimum clinical hour requirements for graduation.

Clinical hours overlap and can count for both degrees and certificate, in consultation with the Directors of Clinical Training.

At graduation, total student hours will range from 650 – 700 depending on population served while in clinical placement.

Marital and family therapy (500 hours)
MFAM 731Clinical Training6
MFAM 732Clinical Training9
Counseling (450 hours)
COUN 791Clinical Counseling Field Experience (LPCC)3
COUN 792Clinical Counseling Field Experience (LPCC)3
COUN 793Clinical Counseling Field Experience (LPCC)3
School counseling certificate (600 hours)
COUN 781School Counseling Field Experience (PPS)4
COUN 782School Counseling Field Experience (PPS)4

Normal time to complete the program

3.67 years (11 academic quarters) based on full-time enrollment; part time permitted