California Baptist University

Counseling Psychology Program
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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
  • 100% Marriage & Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
6,435
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

8432 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
United States

Phone Number
951-343-4249
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Ms. Angela Deulen
Graduate 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
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Professional Clinical Counselor Concentration
Masters Comments

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.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.