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COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

The M.A. in Counseling Psychology program is carefully designed to meet California state requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). It prepares students for the challenges of the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory, integrated with Biblical principles throughout the curriculum. Instructors are scholars and practitioners, offering both academic and practical guidance. Built on a cohort model, the program facilitates long-term relationships and supportive growth.

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology prepares students having an interest in the mental health professions with a firm foundation of psychological theory, research, spiritual formation, and preparation as practitioners. It prepares students for the challenges of the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory integrated with biblical principles throughout the curriculum. Instructors are scholars and practitioners, offering both academic and practical guidance. Built on a cohort model, the program facilitates long-term relationships, supportive growth, and guided professional development. The M.A. in Counseling Psychology program is carefully designed to meet California state requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Processional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

The MA in Counseling Psychology is a graduate degree that prepares students for counseling of individuals, couples, children, and families; consulting; agency affiliations; church/ministry affiliations; and doctoral preparation. It is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

  • Apply diagnostic assessment and criteria to the prognosis and treatment of mental disorders.
  • Understand and implement ethical decision‐making in the practice of psychotherapy.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to therapeutic issues and developmental challenges in individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
  • Understand the various research methodologies and their applications.
  • Recognize the complexity of cross‐cultural issues and the interventions that address these challenges.
  • Evaluate approaches to the integration of psychology and Christianity and how they impact personal spiritual formation.

Master of Arts (MACP)