Welcome to M.S. in Counseling, Option in School-Based Family Counseling
The deadline for Fall 2017 admissions has passed. The annual deadline for program applications is January 15th.
The Master of Science Degree in Counseling is designed to train family systems oriented counselors who are eligible to apply for licensure in California as Marriage, Family and Child Therapists (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC), both of which also require 3000 hours of supervised experience, at least 1500 of which must be completed after earning the Masters degree. It also includes the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling and the Advanced Authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) as part of the Masters degree. A minimum of 105 units are required depending upon prior coursework and culminating experience. A major component of the SBFC program is direct clinical training in working with families with multicultural clients.
Another unique characteristic of our program is the implementation of the cohort model. Each fall, we admit one cohort of students into our program. These students progress through the program together, taking a carefully constructed sequence of classes. The purpose of this is to ensure that each student will be able to finish their program within the 2 ½ - 3 year timeline, but also as a means for building collegiality and support among the student body.
The program does not offer an option to earn the Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) or Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) only, as a supplement to an already existing Masters degree from another institution at this time.
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Only Option:
While most students complete the School-Based Family Counseling (SBFC) integrated program option, if a student is not interested in the school counseling credentials, there is the option to complete the MFT only program.
Graduates from the SBFC program are eligible to:
- work as School Counselors in public and private K-12 level schools.
- work as Child Welfare and Attendance specialists in K-12 level schools.
- work with agenies that provide school-based counseling and send therapists into schools.
- work in mental health agencies.
- work in a private practice setting, once licensed by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).
The program operates on a cohort model. Over the last 4 years, cohort size has increased due to the number of students interested and applying for the program. For the 2016-17, we welcome our largest cohort of 36 new students to the program! Due to our intensive training program in the first year, excellent fieldwork training partners and placements, and rigorous coursework, our students are prepared for the job market and gain employment in clinical, community based, and K-12 settings quickly.
# of currenly enrolled students (2016)
|# of graduates||30|
|Job placement rate||85%|
|Licensure or certification examination pass rate||n/a|
The SBFC program accepts one new cohort of students every year to begin in the Fall. Typically, we receive betwen 150-250 program applications every year for 36 positions. No specific undergraduate major is required, nor is a standardized test (e.g. GRE) required. The applicant must be accepted by the SBFC program through the Division of Special Education and Counseling application process. Applications are screened by the SBFC Admission Committee and in person interviews are scheduled for qualified applicants. Every qualified applicant will be required to participate in a 20 minute in person interview with the SBFC Admissions Committee.
For further information, contact the Program Co-Coordinators, Dr. Michael Carter or Dr. Emily Hernandez, and please leave a phone number where we can provide a detailed answer to your questions.
As a part of the School-Based Family Counseling program, you will receive instruction from faculty members with extensive experience in school counseling and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS), Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Michael J. Carter
Master of Science Degree in Counseling Option in School-Based Family Counseling