Why earn your M.S. in Counseling Psychology at CBU?
Qualify for licensure
The M.S. in Counseling Psychology program aligns with the degree and coursework requirements
for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California,
and as a Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) (for those students who complete the
PCC course sequence), as set forth by California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
Apply knowledge in practice
Through our practicum settings, candidates are provided with the opportunity to put
theory in to practice in real-world settings. We have over 100 well established organizational
relationships that provide our students with experience in a diverse range of clinical
settings, including community mental health, school-based, church-based, and additional
contexts. Each placement is pre-approved by the department to meet BBS and CBU standards.
Experienced licensed supervisors provide our students with the necessary guidance
to not only gain the appropriate and required experience, but to prepare them to pass
state licensure. Additionally, in the PCC course sequence, students have the opportunity
to take part in interdisciplinary mental health simulations with students from a variety
of health care disciplines.
Discover how faith affects therapy
All of our courses integrate theory and faith. Faculty teach from a biblically rooted
perspective enabling students to become strong and compassionate, ethical counselors
dedicated to raising the client’s quality of life. Faculty encourage students to incorporate
individual beliefs and values as well as explore the intersection between their personal
and professional lives. This inward examination, together with rigorous clinical training
and a required personal psychotherapy, develops counseling professionals to uphold
the highest standards of ethical professionalism.
Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology
Examination of the effects of therapeutic interventions on culturally distinct populations.
Couples Therapy and Intimate Partner Violence
Address the principles and techniques of effective therapy with couples. Intimate partner violence detection, prevention, and treatment will be integrated
into the treatment of couples.
Christian Perspective on Professional Counseling
Faculty and student dialog on issues and topics related to the integration of Christianity
1) Admission to Treatment2) Clinical Assessment & Diagnosis 3) Treatment Planning & Case Management
Evidence of Student Learning
5) Legal and Ethical Issues and Standards
6) Research and Program Evaluations
7) Christian Faith Integration
8) Counselor Preparation
Take the next step toward living your purpose
As you make decisions about graduate school, keep in mind the full social, spiritual
and educational experience awaiting you at CBU. Here, you will be supported by professors,
staff and fellow students who will help you discover your strengths and challenge
you to do more than you ever thought you could. Let us equip you with the education,
training and opportunities you'll need to start making a unique difference doing what