Santa Clara University

Department of Counseling Psychology
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The counseling psychology program at Santa Clara offers a Master of Arts in Counseling (51 units) and a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (90 units). The MA in Counseling Psychology prepares students for licensing as Marriage and Family Therapists and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors. Both degrees provide a broad array of theoretical perspectives (e.g., CBT, Object Relations, Existential, Process Experiential, Jungian, Mindfulness-based therapies, as well as Group, Child and Adolescent foci) encouraging students to develop specializations in any of the theoretical areas offered. In addition, there are 3 Emphasis Programs: Health Psychology, Correctional Psychology, and Latino Psychology. Students may choose among these, or fashion their own emphasis within the Master's program. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and the combination of academic integrity and clinical sophistication and experience of our faculty. Our students are the most sought-after candidates for internships programs in the Santa Clara Valley, and our graduates rate their experience at Santa Clara as extraordinarily valuable.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Jeffrey Baerwald (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Counseling & Psychology
  • 10% Child/Huan Development
  • 10% Career Development
  • 10% Family Therapy
  • 10% Health Psychology
  • 10% Latino Psychology
Campus Enrollment
8,000
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053
United States

Phone Number
408-551-1603
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Lucy Ramos Sanchez (Chair)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Psychology of Interpersonal Communications
  • Human Sexuality
  • Psychology of Relationships
  • The Psychology of Childhood
  • Psychology of Human Development
  • Short-Term Approaches to Therapy
  • Foundations of Psychotherapy and Personality
  • Psychology of Group Counseling
  • Research Methods
  • Counseling Process and Skills
  • Advanced Counseling Process and Skills
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Delinquent, At-Risk, and Nonconventional Youth
  • Correctional Psychology
  • Transitional Treatment and Vocational Planning
  • Applied Behavior Analysis in Correctional Psychology
  • Object-Relations Theory: A Developmental Model of Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Counseling the Adolescent
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
  • Psychology of Aging and the Family
  • Gestalt Therapy for Individuals and Couples
  • Counseling for Grief and Loss
  • Psychology and Spirituality
  • Career Development and Life Planning
  • Occupational Information and Resources
  • Formal and Informal Assessment in Career Development
  • Special Issues in Career Development
  • Procedures in Career Development Counseling: Working in the Work Environment
  • Field Laboratory
  • Wilson Center Field Experience
  • Field Experience
  • Independent Study
  • Psychology of Marriage Counseling
  • Counseling for Contemporary Problems
  • Psychodrama
  • Family Therapy
  • Therapeutic Use of Imagery and Symbol
  • Therapeutic Interventions with Children
  • Clinical Assessment I & II
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Counseling Practicum: Agency /Career Development/ Health Psychology/ Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Image, Art, and Language in Therapeutic Practices
  • Latino Psychology, Individual Counseling Skills with Latino Clients
  • Interventions with Latiino Families and Children
  • Spanish-based Interviewing and Assessment
  • Positive Psychology
  • Health Psychology: Theory and Practice
  • Child Health and Development: Therapeutic Issues and Strategies
  • Stress and Stress Management
  • Advanced Group Counseling
  • Advanced Seminar in Couples Therapy
  • Hypnotic Techniques in Counseling and Therapy
  • Dreamwork and Depth Psychology
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Thesis
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Counseling
  • Counseling Psychology
Masters Comments

Highly rated graduate program whose graduates consistently score at the highest level on state licensing exam for MFT license. Alumni are in positions of note in many of the area agencies. Graduates are in a wide range of professional settings (private practice, agencies, industry, Silicon Valley companies, pastoral settings, etc.).

CFLE Information

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