California Baptist University

Counseling Psychology Program

About the Program

Last Updated: 
January 01, 2009

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University is designed for those who wish to gain the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to counsel in a variety of settings. Catering to a diverse range of professional and personal goals, the MS in Counseling Psychology offers a curriculum that academically prepares students for MFT licensure as well as a concentration for the Professional Cilinical Counselor (dual licensure option) and a certificated concentration in Forensic Psychology.  Additionally, the MS can be paired with the Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology or the Master of Arts in Counseling Ministry.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Ms. Mischa Routon, Associate Dean, School of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate Programs
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Marriage & Family Therapy100%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Ms. Angela Deulen
Courses Offered: 
  • Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology
  • Professional Practice Seminar I & II
  • MFT Counseling Theory
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Human Sexuality
  • Human Communications in Group Process
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Advanced Research Methodology
  • Advanced Psychopathology
  • Psychodiagnostics
  • MFT Counseling (Child & Adolescent)
  • Practicum I & II
  • Professional Ethics and Law
  • Family Therapy I & II
  • Christian Perspective on Professional Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis and Treatment
  • HIV and AIDS Counseling
  • Domestic Violence
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Aging and Mental Health

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Concentration

MS in Counseling Psychology:  Prepare For MFT Licensure

The CBU MS in Counseling Psychology meets the educational requirememts for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) as set forth by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).  Beyond preparing candidates for licensure, the MS degree in Counseling Psychology develops compassionate, ethical counselors dedicated to bettering the lives of others by examining, exploring and improving interpersonal relationships (family, marriage, etc.).  Licensed MFTs may counsel in a variety of private and public settings.  

Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC):  Dual Licensure Option

Students beginning graduate study after August 1, 2012, and who have completed the 62-unit MFT core and the additional 18 units required for PCC, will have satisfied the academic requirements for licensure as both an LMFT and LPCC in the State of California.  Licensed PCCs focus on improving mental health and may counsel in a variety of settings, including hospitals and mental health sites.


Forensic Psychology Certificated Concentration Option:  Expand Your Specialized Expertise

CBU ofers the option of pairing the MS in Counseling Psychology with an abbreviated, complementary version of the Forensic Psychology program as a certificated concentration.  This concentration establishes an excellent balance between traditional counseling, theory and skills and a specialized understanding of the legal and judicial system.  Students will be prepared to function as effective clinicians in a variety of professional counseling and forensic settings by completing 18 additional units.


Combined Counseling Ministry Degree Option:  Extending Your Training to the Church

CBU students also have the opportunity to earn both an MS in Counseling Psychology and a complementary MA in Counseling Minstry.  This option prepares candidates for MFT licensure as well as church based counseling.  Students pursuing this option may take MA courses concurrently.  



Faculty at California Baptist University