California Polytechnic State University

Department of Psychology & Child Development
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The M.S. in Psychology is a professional degree program designed for persons who desire to practice in the field of clinical/counseling psychology. Cal Poly's M.S. in Psychology fulfills the educational requirements for the state of Californias Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) license. The program emphasizes personal, academic and practical knowledge and skill development which will enable each graduate to become competent in assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and treatment planning for individuals, families, and children. Research competence and ethical practices are also emphasized. Closely supervised pre-fieldwork practicum experiences leading to challenging fieldwork in agencies is the cornerstone of Cal Poly's preparation for the future clinician. Closely supervised experience in Cal Poly's on-campus practicum clinic serving clients from the community provides trainees with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence before undertaking fieldwork in community agencies. In addition, the Central Coast of California offers numerous well-supervised clinical traineeships in public and private non-profit agencies with a variety of client populations.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Lisa Sweatt
Department Emphasis
  • 34% Family Therapy
  • 33% Individual Psychotherapy
  • 33% Group Psychotherapy
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
United States

Phone Number
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Lisa Sweatt
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Family Intervention
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Counseling & Communication
  • Substance Abuse
  • Individual Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Ethics & the Law: MFT
  • Diagnosis/Treatment: Psychopathology
  • Group Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Counseling Clinic Practicum
  • Family Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Child & Adolescent Therapy: Theory & Application
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Gender, Couple & Sexual Dysfunction Therapy
  • Research Methods for Counseling Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Behavioral Disorders in Childhood
  • Multicultural Counseling and Psychology
  • Traineeship: Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Community Mental Health: Issues & Practices
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Clinical/Counseling Psychology
Masters Comments

The Master of Science in Psychology is a 90-quarter unit professional degree program designed to provide the state of California with highly competent master-level clinicians who are academically prepared to obtain the marriage and family therapy (MFT) license. The program places a heavy emphasis on clinical skill training and applied experience that begins early in the program and culminates with an intensive supervised internship in a community mental health setting.

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.