M.S. in Counseling
Option in Marriage and Family Therapy
With the Emphasis in Pupil
Personnel Services (PPS) Credential with Advanced Authorization in
Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance
College of Education
(School-Based Family Counseling)
The Master of Science Degree in Counseling, Option in Marriage and
Family Therapy is designed to train family systems oriented counselors
who are eligible to apply for licensure in California as Marriage,
Family and Child Therapists and qualify for the Pupil Personnel
Services Credential with Advanced Authorization in School Counseling
and Child Welfare and Attendance Services. A minimum of 105 units are
required depending upon prior coursework and culminating experience.
distinguishing feature of our program is the focus on School-Based
Counseling, which aims to train marriage and family therapists to work
in public schools and school-based related agencies. Coursework and
experience are geared toward the K-12 settings, although not
is in contrast to the traditional family therapy model, in which the
is not trained to work in school systems. Our students, on the other
trained to work with children and their families within the context of
educational system, utilizing a family systems theoretical orientation.
Another unique characteristic of our
program is the implementation of the cohort model.
Each fall, we admit 24 candidates into our
program. These students progress through the program together, taking a
carefully constructed sequence of classes. The purpose of this is to
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
from the SBFC program are eligible to:
as School Counselors in public and private
K-12 level schools
- work as Child Welfare and
Attendance specialists in K-12 level schools.
- work in agencies that send
therapists into schools utilizing the school-based family counseling
- work in mental health
- Once licensed by the Board
of Behavioral Sciences, work in a private practice setting.
- Students Practice Effectual
Clinical Treatment and Intervention Skills
Demonstrate Knowledge of Various Systems-Oriented and Individual
Counseling Theories and Strategies.
Utilize Cultural Competency in Clinical Settings.
As a part of
the School-Based Family Counseling program, you’ll receive
faculty members with extensive experience in school counseling, CWA,
and Family Therapy, and Clinical Psychology.
Dr. Michael Carter
Dr. George Hong
Dr. Betsy Perluss
If you’d like
to learn more about the name of program Option, please contact Dr.
Carter, Program Coordinator at: email@example.com
Application to the Program
to find out how to apply to the program.
Click on the Program Plan
to learn what types of classes you’ll be taking as
part of the Marriage and Family Therapy option.
Note: Students can also choose the M.S. in Counseling
option in Marriage and Family Therapy without
the PPS credential. Please speak to one of the above faculty members if
interested in this option.