San Francisco State University

Department of Counseling
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Culturally competent, psychologically-minded, and emotionally grounded Licensed Psychotherapists (Marriage & Family Therapists), Credentialed School Counselors, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors, Career Counselors, College Counselors, and Gerontological Counselors are needed in the field of human services. The department's six graduate programs and our partnerships with community agencies collaboratively prepare students who are well-grounded to help meet the growing demands in the field. Our department's faculty and the curriculum we have designed aspire to achieve excellence in three core areas: Multicultural Competence, Community Partnerships, and Action Research. Our faculty are locally, nationally, and internationally recognized in their scholarly contributions to multicultural competence in counseling, social justice, and health equity. Our faculty work to provide a solid learning environment for diverse student body. By the end of graduate studies, our more than 275 students should embody multicultural competence, have grown deep connections to the local community, and embrace best practices in counseling.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Robert A. Williams
Department Emphasis
  • 22% Ethics & Professional Identity
  • 22% Family Science
  • 22% Human Development
  • 22% Interpersonal Counseling
  • 12% Family Therapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1600 Holloway Ave.
Burk Hall 524
San Francisco, CA 94132
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Robert A. Williams
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Theories of Counseling
  • Developmental Foundations for Counselors
  • Psychological Foundations for Counselors
  • Practicum and Internship
  • Interviewing Process
  • Assessment in Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Counseling Practicum and Fieldwork
  • Advanced Counseling Process
  • Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • Seminar in Research
  • Group Counseling Process
  • The Consultation Process
  • Social and Cultural Foundations in Counseling
  • Law and Ethics in Counseling
  • Couples and Family Counseling I & II
  • Counseling Aspects of Sexuality
  • Seminar on Child Treatment
  • Case Studies and Internship
  • Internship
  • Independent Study
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

This program will prepare students to be eligible to sit for the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences ( licensing examination. Typically, 90% of our graduates pass the written and clinical licensing exams on the first try, well above the state average. Our program focuses on the development of the person of the therapist. We don't adhere to any single theoretical perspective. We expect our students to develop strong skills working with people from ethnically diverse groups and different sexual orientations. Our faculty are always looking to grow with their students.

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.