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 concentration), 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 concentration, 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.
Opt for a dual degree
The M.S. in Counseling Psychology can be paired with the M.A. in Counseling Ministry,
preparing candidates for MFT licensure as well as church-based counseling.