The MA in Counseling Psychology prepares a student for licensure as either a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT), or a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) and the curriculum is designed to meet the California Business and Professional Code Section 4980.36 for academic training of MFT graduate students and section 4999.33 for LPCCs.

LPCC and MFT are recognized and regulated mental health service professions in California. The requirements of the California MFT license include completion of a specified 60 semester unit program of coursework and training that leads to a master’s degree, 3,000 hours of supervised counseling (of which at least half must be completed after receipt of the master’s degree), and passage of the state of California’s written examinations.

The requirements of the California LPCC license include completion of a 60 semester unit specified program of coursework and training that leads to a master’s degree and 280 hours of face-to-face supervised clinical experience. A 3,000 hour post-degree internship is also required and passage of the state of California’s written examinations.

ADDITIONAL MFT REQUIREMENTS

Academic preparation for licensure for the MFT and LPCC in California require the student to successfully complete additional requirements including course content in the following:

• Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting (7 hours)

• Mental Health Recovery Oriented Care (45 hours)

Additional requirements exist and are periodically changed or updated. It is ultimately the responsibility of each student to monitor BBS requirements. You can find the information in the California Business and Professional Code on line at the BBS website: http://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/publications/lawsregs.pdf . MFT information on page 15 and LPCC information on page 101.

Students may meet these requirements through either:

(1) a classroom course;

(2) an online course; or

(3) a workshop.

The training must meet the specific requirements outlined in the BBS’ Licensing Laws and Regulations, and the participant must receive a transcript credit or a certificate of completion. Please consult your program handbook to determine your concentration’s requirements.

CIIS Public Programs & Performances offers some of these content areas as workshops that meet the standards set forth by the BBS. Students are not required to take these workshops through Public Programs to earn the MA in Counseling Psychology from CIIS or to earn the MFT license. Students may find other venues, which must be approved by the BBS and your Program Chair.

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