Department of Counseling Psychology

We prepare you for careers in psychotherapy, counseling, consultation, education, training and client-centered advocacy emphasizing recovery-oriented care. You will learn and apply a variety of evidence-based models and techniques while developing sensitivity to issues of diversity.


We offer three outcome-based academic and professional training programs:

1. MS in Counseling Psychology with a General Concentration: A 43-unit program that awards a master's degree, but does not prepare for licensure in the State of California

2. MS in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy*: A 60-unit program designed to prepare students for MFT licensure in California. The concentration is designed to meet the requirements of the Business and Professions Code, Section 4980.37 and SB 33 for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

3. MS in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Professional Clinical Counseling*: A 60-unit program designed to prepare students for PCC licensure in California. This concentration is designed to meet the requirements of the Business an Professions Code, 4999.10-4999.122 and SB 788 for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor.

*Both the MFT and PCC concentrations are obtained in one 60 unit program.


Robin Gayle
Department Chair, Counseling Psychology 

Our small, individualized classes and seminars are taught by highly trained and supportive faculty. With outstanding academic preparation and hands-on experiences you will thrive in a field affording many gratifying professional opportunities. 


Program Features

  • Well-established fieldwork placement programs, an integral component of your training.
  • Highly trained and supportive clinical faculty
  • Small, individualized classes and seminars
  • Collaborative learning environment
  • Interactive instruction in a variety of orientations: traditional, innovative, and alternative
  • Balanced, realistic perspective of the rapidly changing counseling field
  • Excellent training in diagnosis and treatment, adapted to a wide range of mental health disorders, including co-occurring disorders


Program graduates expect to work as:

  • marriage and family therapists
  • professional clinical counselors
  • consultants
  • case managers
  • educators
  • trainers in healthcare, academic and business settings
  • private practictioners


Regional Accreditation

Accreditation Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001