Michael J. Carter

Charter College of Education
Department of Special Education & Counseling
Office Location KHC-1067J



Dr. Carter has been at CSULA since 1990 and served as Coordinator of the School Based Family Counseling Program (MFT+PPS/CWA) graduate program from 1991-2016. In addition, he is primarily responsible for teaching the Family Counseling Clinical Courses (COUN 5200, 5210,5230 and 5289) and serves as the Director of CSULA's Counseling and Assessment Clinic. Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at UCLA, has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1984 and is a Credentialed School Psychologist and School Counselor. His research interests are in the area of School-Based Family Counseling and has published numerous articles in this area. He has served as the Chair of the CCOE School as A Whole (SAW) three times and is on the Advisory Board of Directors of Centros de Ninos y Padres. He is a lucky husband and fortunate father of three children. He also loves to play basketball.




Dr. Carter is primarily interested in developing the field of school-based family counseling which focuses on preparing counselors to work with families and children in public agency settings such as schools and clinics. This approach addresses the fact that families can be the greatest positive influence on the academic and social development of children. The view is that this influence is maximized by actively involving parents in collaborating with teachers in the schools.




Dr. Carter's research interests are in School Based Family Counseling, children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and mood disorders, and Early Childhood Education

Representative Professional Activities




 Carter, M.J. (2013). How to do Conjoint Family Counseling. In Gerrard,B. Soriano,M. (Eds.) Handbook of School-Based Family Counseling: Transforming Family-School Relationships.  Chapter 9.


 Carter, M.J., Evans, W.P., Zapata, J., & Taifa, A.  (2011).  School-Based Family Counseling Evaluation: Warm Feelings, Perilous Paradigms & Empirical Hopes.  . International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling.  Vol. 3, Pgs. 1-11.

  • Carter, M.J.  (2011).  The School-Based Family Counseling Symposium: A happy union and the 7-year itch.  International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling.  Vol. 3, Pgs. 12-17.
  • Carter, M.J. & Evans, W.P. (2008).  Implementing School-Based Family Counseling: Strategies, activities, and process considerations. International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling.  Vol. 1, Pgs. 1-9.
  • Carter, M. J. & Perluss, E..  (2008). Developments in Training School-Based Family Counselors: The School-Based Family Counseling (SBFC) Graduate Program at California State University, Los Angeles.  International Journal for School-Based Family Counseling.  Vol. 1, Pgs. 10-22.
1995 "School-Based Family Counseling: Helping Teachers Improve Student Success in the Urban Classroom." (1995). Carter, M. J. & Evans, W. National Forum of Teacher Education Journal, 5, ( 2), pgs. 3-11.




Ph.D. Educational Psychology 1993

UCLA, Los Angeles

M.A. Educational Psychology 1982

California State University, Northridge, Northridge

M.A. Early Childhood Education 1982

California State University, Northridge, Northridge