Sonoma State University

Department of Counseling
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The 60-unit graduate program in counseling offers two professional training options: Option I prepares students for Community Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy Licensure) and Option II prepares students for School Counseling (Pupil Personnel Services Credential). The program relies heavily on interpersonal skills training and field experience, beginning during the first semester and culminating with an intensive supervised internship/field experience.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Maureen Buckley (chair)
Campus Enrollment
200
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA 94928
United States

Phone Number
707-664-2544
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Adam Zagelbaum, Ph.D.
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Counseling Theory & Practice
  • Adult Development
  • Career Development (K-12)
  • Role of the Elementary School Counselor
  • Role of the Secondary School Counselor
  • Pupil Personnel Services Concepts & Organization
  • Counseling Students with Special Needs
  • Dynamics of Individual Behavior
  • Counseling Pre-Practicum
  • Counseling Practicum
  • Theory & Practice of Group Counseling
  • Research & Evaluation in Counseling
  • Supervised Internship
  • Working with Families in School Settings
  • Psychological & Educational Assessment
  • Developmental & Clinical Issues with Children & Adolescents
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Law & Ethics for the Counselor
  • Cross-Cultural Awareness in Counseling
  • Relationship & Sexuality Counseling
  • Introduction to Chemical Dependency
  • Psychopharmacology
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Masters Comments

The 60-unit graduate program in counseling offers two professional training options: Option I prepares students for Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and eventual licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and/or as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC); Option II prepares students for the School Counseling and the Pupil Personnel Services Credential (SC/PPSC). The program relies heavily on interpersonal skill training and field experience, beginning during the first semester and culminating with an intensive supervised traineeship /field experience in some aspect of counseling, permitting the integration of theory, research, and practical application. The Department is prepared to assist CMHC students in obtaining field placements relevant to their projected professional goals. These placements include, but are not limited to: marriage and family counseling agencies, mental health clinics, counseling centers, public schools, college-level counseling services, and the on-campus Practicum and Internship Facility. For the school counseling program, field placements are at a minimum of two of the three K-12 levels: elementary school, middle school, and high school.

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.