About the Degree

The Master's in Counseling Psychology (MCP) degree program at CIIS was designed for a students who value a modern, holistic, and culturally sensitive approach to the practice of psychotherapy.

Our integral approach to psychological healing incorporates the mind, body, and spirit, as well as the self in relationship to others and the sociocultural context in which we serve.

Evidence-based didactic learning and exposure to contemporary psychological theories, coupled with rigorous experiential clinical training in class and external practicum placements, lead our students to be among the most prepared to sit for the California BBS MFT and LPCC licensing exams.

The three-year program meets and exceeds national norms for training in counseling and fulfills the educational requirements of California's Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license and the national Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). CIIS graduates boast a 92% pass rate on the MFT licensure exam and have held the #1 position in California for pass rates over the last six exam cycles.

Career Focused

Each of our concentrations equip our students to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. Most often graduates go on to careers in community mental health and nonprofit organizations, hospitals, government agencies, schools, and their own private practices. Psychology is a field that is expected to grow and CIIS is helping to meet the need of future clients and communities.

Applied Learning

The MCP program is built on a foundation of interactive learning. Classes are dynamic, experiential, and incorporate a spiritual lens. In addition to a studying contemporary and burgeoning psychological research, students learn psychotherapeutic methods through role play, observation of faculty, writing assignments, and other exercises designed to facilitate development of the therapist.

The program emphasizes a commitment to personal exploration and development. Students are required to complete a minimum of 45 hours of personal therapy to support the meaningful and lasting changes that occur during the program.

The degree culminates in a full year of practicum, where students work directly with clients under the supervision of a licensed professional. The practicum can be completed at one of CIIS's award-winning counseling centers, or at one of the more than 160 clinical agencies and schools coordinated through the Field Placement Office.

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