California State University–Los Angeles
Students have the opportunity to earn the Masters of Science degree in Counseling: Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling (MFCC) Option. This Masters degree satisfies the academic requirement for the California State Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) License, which also requires 3000 hours of supervised experience, at least 1700 of which must be completed after earning the Masters degree. Imbedded in this Masters degree is all the coursework necessary to earn the California State Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) Credential in School Counseling with the Advanced Authorization in Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA). The PPS credential provides the qualifications necessary to work as a school counselor in grades K-12 in the public schools. The CWA authorization is necessary in many school districts in order to work in the Pupil Services and Attendance (PSA) divisions. The School Based Family Counseling Program is designed to prepare students with the clinical skills of an independent marriage and family therapist and the wide range of competencies of an effective school counselor. Students learn to work with families and children from a variety of systems-oriented perspectives in a variety of environments. The SBFC option recognizes that the two most important sources of influence in a child's life are the family and the school. When a child is having behavioral or academic difficulties in school, efforts are focused on strategies to develop a collaborative effort between the family and school to maximize the academic and social success of the child. School Based Family Counselors work to increase parental involvement in children's educational process in efforts to assist the child to become successful in school and in the community.