Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary

Marriage, Family, & Child Counseling
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The intent of the Marriage and Family Therapy 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. Cynthia McGrady
Department Emphasis
  • 100% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1717 South Chestnut Ave
Box 14
Fresno, CA 93702
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Cynthia McGrady
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Bible Knowledge Requirement
  • Biblical Interpretation I
  • The Church and God's Mission in the World
  • Discipleship and Ethics (Online)
  • Theology for Integration
  • Ministry Discernment
  • Mentoring & Connecting
  • Introduction to Counseling
  • Professional Ethics in Counseling
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Human Development
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Aging and Long-Term Care
  • Research, Testing, and Family Assessment
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling Fresno
  • Practicum I
  • Thesis
  • The Church and God's Mission in the World (Online)
  • Discipleship and Ethics
  • Christian Thought
  • Counseling Families
  • Counseling Children
  • Counseling Children Lab
  • Psychopathology
  • The Church and God's Mission in the World (Online)
  • Counseling Individuals & Couples Lab
  • Counseling Individuals and Couples Post Modern Theories
  • Human Sexuality
  • Group Counseling
  • Trainee/Practicum Assessment
  • Advanced Families
  • Practicum II
  • Thesis
  • Family Violence
  • Person, Family, and Culture
  • Cross-cultural Counseling: LA or SF
  • Grief Counseling
  • Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology
  • Substance Abuse
  • Summer Practicum
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The FPBS MA in Marriage and Family Therapy 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.

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.