Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary

Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling

About the Program

Last Updated: 
September 20, 2012

The intent of the Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC) program at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary is to prepare Christian counselors with the knowledge, skills, and insight to practice counseling in the church or clinical settings. The curriculum encourages the integration of theology, theory, personal formation, and professional practice. Students are expected to engage in personal counseling for their own growth. The program covers the content areas required for the California Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure exams and student membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is accredited by WASC and ATS.


Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. David Bruce Rose
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Family Therapy100%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 

Graduate Program

Dr. David Bruce Rose
Courses Offered: 
  • Counseling Individuals
  • Counseling Couples
  • Counseling Families
  • Counseling Children
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Advanced Family Studies
  • Human Development
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Professional Ethics in CounselingI
  • Professional Ethics in Counseling II
  • Person & Family in Culture
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling
  • Research Methods in Family Studies
  • Research, Testing, and Family Assessment
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Grief Counseling
  • Substance Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic /Family Violence
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • The Eye of the Storm: Responses to Terrorsism, Disater, and the Effects of War
  • Introduction to Supervision
  • Theology for Integration
  • Counseling Individuals Lab
  • Counseling Couples Lab
  • Pre-Practicum
  • Practicum I
  • Practicum II
  • Practicum III
  • Substance Abuse
  • Psychopharacology
  • Aging & Long Term Care
  • Discipleship and Ethics
  • Thesis

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling

The FPBS MA in Marriage, Family ,and Child Counseling is a smaller, high quality, program, providing students with opportunities for close interaction and mentoring with faculty. The program is typically completed in three years full-time and meets the requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). The program carries the goal of preparing therapists for excellence in counseling including intercultural dialogue across ethnic, linguistic, and religious particularities. An additional goal includes therapeutic engagement with integrative themes in psychology and theology.


Faculty at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary