Counseling Psychology


Masters Degree


Degree Details
  • Required Major Units
    62
  • Cost Per Unit
    $725
  • Estimated Major Cost
    $45k
  • Avg. Completion (Months)
    24
  • Accreditation
    WASC Accredited

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Master of Science in Counseling Psychology



Overview

California Baptist University’s online Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of either marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling with a firm understanding of psychological science from a distinctly Christian worldview. Graduates will receive the education and training necessary to assess and treat individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing relational difficulties, and meets the current requirements for licensure in the state of California as a marriage and family therapist or licensed professional clinical counselor.[1] [2]

The online Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree program is designed to prepare graduate students to enter the professional field of marriage and family therapy or professional clinical counseling with a sound psychological and spiritual foundation that will allow them to assess and treat individuals, couples, and families who are experiencing relational difficulties. Students graduating from the program will satisfy the curriculum requirements necessary to pursue California licensure as a marriage and family therapist or professional clinical counselor.

Comprehensive Examination

Students graduating from the online Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) degree program will be required to successfully complete a written case report examination. Students will identify a case they treated during their practicum experience. After identifying the case, students will generate a formal written case report using the case report guide which was developed by the MSCP faculty. The case report will be evaluated using a MSCP faculty approved standardized rubric.

Classes are offered in one of two formats—a virtual hybrid format involving synchronous high definition online interactions and an asynchronous online format that allows students to work at their own pace—utilizing a convenient, accelerated schedule with the most current technology to support live interactions between students and faculty. To be sure the Counseling Psychology program brings together several salient ingredients in order to enhance and strengthen graduate-level clinical training—weekly peer interactions that allow burgeoning clinicians to develop crucial interpersonal skills in the context of supportive relationships; the cultivation of leadership qualities and clinical knowledge via ongoing professional socialization;  live online meetings between faculty and students to offer important mentoring experiences; a convenient schedule for busy working adults with families who want to better their future; and a flexible, blended delivery model of student learning that is more effective than solely face-to-face or entirely online delivery mediums (Cynkar, 2007; Munsey, 2008; Murray, 2002; U.S. Department of Education, 2010).

Consistent with the University student outcomes, upon completion of the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree, graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe the structure of the therapeutic process, as well as legal and ethical issues related to the practice of psychotherapy. Students will successfully apply these skills and legal and ethical knowledge to clinical practice in order to secure and maintain a practicum placement.
  2. Describe the most central theories, principles, methods, and techniques for working with individuals, couples, families, adults, elder adults, children, adolescents, and groups, including those with severe mental illness, so as to improve, restore, or maintain healthy relationships.
  3. Explicate developmental issues (e.g., normal and abnormal behavior) from infancy to old age, including cognitive, psychological, social, health, moral, psychotherapeutic, and spiritual perspectives on aging, and describe the most central theories and research related to lifespan development.
  4. Describe the theoretical and practical applications of research methods to psychotherapy.
  5. Describe the DSM-IV-TR, including the assessment, diagnosis, and prognosis of mental disorders, as well as the nature and causes of psychopathology from social, biological, and psychological perspectives. Included in this knowledge will be an articulation of the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sexual dysfunction.
  6. Explicate the role that assessment and testing (e.g., intelligence, personality) plays in the diagnosis and treatment of DSM-IV-TR disorders.
  7. Communicate the effects of therapeutic interventions with culturally distinct populations, describing ways to be culturally competent and sensitive, as well as a cultural awareness of human development and resiliency.
  8. Analyze the integration of psychology and Christianity, and apply effective and ethical integrative interventions in clinical practice.
  9. Compare and contrast the major categories of psychotropic medication used in psychiatric intervention, and analyze referral issues that might arise in clinical practice.
  10. Discuss a broad range of matters and life events that may arise within marriage and family relationships and within a variety of California cultures.
  11. Compare and contrast the theoretical, diagnostic, and therapeutic issues related to the various types of chemical abuse and dependency, emphasizing standard of care practices related to resiliency, relapse prevention, and recovery for substance abuse, co-occurring disorders, and addiction.
  12. Articulate the current laws and ethical issues affecting psychotherapists, describing California law and professional ethics for marriage and family therapists and professional clinical counselors.

[1] Out-of-state applicants are encouraged to verify with their local licensing board that they meet the requirements for licensure in their specific state of residence.

[2] For additional information regarding state licensure requirements, please contact the California Board of Behavioral Sciences:

Board of Behavioral Sciences

1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-20

Sacramento, CA 95834

(916) 574-7830

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Course Requirements

Prerequisites

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Theories of Personality
  • Research Methods / Statistics
  • Outstanding prerequisite coursework must be completed within the first semester of graduate enrollment
  • Core Requirements (62 units)

    Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology Seminar

    Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology Seminar

    Examination of the effects of therapeutic interventions on culturally distinct populations. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY500 BE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Locke, Gabriella Emmari
    Summer 2019
    PSY500 AE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Maynard, Marla J.
    Summer 2020
    PSY500 AE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY500 BE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Professional Practice Seminar I

    Professional Practice Seminar I

    Emphasis on empathy training and the structure of the therapeutic process through a lecture/discussion/small group format. Students will videotape simulated sessions with one another. Meets two hours per week. Students will be assigned an on-going case. Pass/Fail. (2 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY501S AE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Hybrid
    TBA
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY501S BE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY501S AE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Hybrid
    TBA
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Professional Practice Seminar II

    Professional Practice Seminar II

    Continuation of PSY 501s. Emphasis on various clinical and legal issues related to the practice of psychotherapy. Enables the student to develop the skills necessary to obtain a practicum placement. Prerequisite: PSY 501s. Pass/Fail. (2 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY502S AE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY502S BE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY502S AE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    MFT Counseling Theory

    MFT Counseling Theory

    The student is introduced to the theoretical foundations of Family Systems Theory, Behaviorism, Humanism, Existentialism, and Psychoanalytic Theory. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY505 AE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Hatfield, Kezia Anne
    Fall 2019
    PSY505 BE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Jauregui, Tonette M.
    Spring 2020
    PSY505 AE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY505 AE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY505 AE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Human Growth and Development

    Human Growth and Development

    A study of the developmental cycle of the human organism from a cognitive, psychological, sociological, and moral perspective. Emphasis is placed on theories and research related to child development. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY510 AE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Online N/A N/A Frederick, Thomas Vincent
    Fall 2019
    PSY510 BE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Online N/A N/A Frederick, Thomas Vincent
    Fall 2020
    PSY510 BE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY510 AE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Human Sexuality

    Human Sexuality

    Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of sexual dysfunction with an overview of physiology. (2 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY515 AE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Wanamaker, Stephanie L.
    Fall 2020
    PSY515 CE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY515 BE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY515 AE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Human Communications in Group Process

    Human Communications in Group Process

    Application of group treatment models to various forms of interpersonal communication. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY520 AE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Jauregui, Tonette M.
    Summer 2020
    PSY520 BE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY520 AE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    MFT Counseling Techniques

    MFT Counseling Techniques

    Intervention techniques from a phenomenological, cognitive, behavioral and existential frame of reference. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY525 AE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza<br />Room 115
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Grigorian-Routon, Anna
    Fall 2019
    PSY525 BE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza<br />Room 120
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY525 AE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Advanced Research Methodology

    Advanced Research Methodology

    Theoretical and practical applications of research methods of psychotherapy. Prerequisite: BEH 383 Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science or equivalent. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY530 BE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY530 AE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY530 BE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY530 AE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Advanced Psychopathology

    Advanced Psychopathology

    Nature and causes of reactions to social, biological and psychological stress, maladaptive development, and faulty learning. Includes an in depth study of anxiety disorders, character personality, and the psychoses. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY535 AE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY535 BE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY535 AE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Psychodiagnostics

    Psychodiagnostics

    Applications of Intelligence Testing and Personality tests to diagnosis and therapy. Prerequisite: PSY 383 (Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science) or equivalent. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY540 AE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY540 BE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY540 AE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY540 BE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    MFT Counseling: Child and Adolescent

    MFT Counseling: Child and Adolescent

    Processes of diagnosis, dynamics, and treatment of children and adolescents. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY545 BE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Son, Hilary Joy
    Fall 2019
    PSY545 AE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Soto, Erika
    Fall 2020
    PSY545 AE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY545 BE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY545 CE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Practicum I

    Practicum I

    Supervised counseling experience in professional settings. Prerequisites: PSY 501s, 502s, 505, 525, and 560. Pass/Fail. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY555 BE Session 1&2
    09/03/2019
    12/22/2019
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza<br />Room 120
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Shepard, Elisa M.
    Fall 2019
    PSY555 AE Session 1&2
    09/03/2019
    12/22/2019
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza<br />Room 115
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Maynard, Marla J.
    Fall 2020
    PSY555 AE Session 1&2
    08/31/2020
    12/20/2020
    Hybrid
    TBA
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY555 BE Session 1&2
    08/31/2020
    12/20/2020
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Professional Ethics and Law

    Professional Ethics and Law

    An examination and explanation of current laws and ethical issues affecting psychotherapists. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY560 BE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Hatfield, Kezia Anne
    Summer 2019
    PSY560 AE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Freeman, Laura K
    Summer 2020
    PSY560 BE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY560 AE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Practicum II

    Practicum II

    A continuation of PSY 555. Prerequisite: PSY 555. Pass/Fail. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY570 BE Session 1&2
    01/06/2020
    04/26/2020
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY570 AE Session 1&2
    01/06/2020
    04/26/2020
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY570 AE Session 1&2
    01/04/2021
    04/25/2021
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY570 BE Session 1&2
    01/04/2021
    04/25/2021
    Hybrid
    Tyler Plaza
    M
    T
    W
    TH
    F
    S
    6:00 -
    7:50 PM
    Staff
    Family Therapy I

    Family Therapy I

    An examination of the philosophical and theoretical suppositions of the major schools of family therapy. Emphasis on the historical and contemporary context of systems theory and family therapy.(3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY580 AE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Shepard, Elisa M.
    Summer 2020
    PSY580 AE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY580 BE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Family Therapy II

    Family Therapy II

    Concentration on the therapeutic techniques of the various schools of family therapy discussed in Family Therapy I. Students are encouraged to develop specific family therapy skills through the use of videotape feedback, coaching, and classroom demonstration. Prerequisite: PSY 580. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY585 BE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Shepard, Elisa M.
    Summer 2019
    PSY585 AE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Shepard, Elisa M.
    Summer 2020
    PSY585 AE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY585 BE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Christian Perspective on Professional Counseling

    Christian Perspective on Professional Counseling

    Faculty and student dialogue on issues and topics related to the integration of Christianity and psychology. (2 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY590 BE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Frederick, Thomas Vincent
    Summer 2020
    PSY590 BE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY590 AE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Psychopharmacology

    Psychopharmacology

    This course is designed for the non-medical psychotherapist. The major categories of medication used in psychiatric intervention and issues related to consultation and collaboration with treatment teams, including medical staff, will be discussed. Pass/Fail. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY595 BE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Kalinich, Aleksandra O
    Summer 2020
    PSY595 AE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY595 BE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis and Treatment

    Child Abuse and Neglect: Diagnosis and Treatment

    Examines the methods of assessment, reporting, and treatment of physical, sexual, and neglectful child abuse. Pass/Fail. (2 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY597A AE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2019
    PSY597A BE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY597A BE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY597A CE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY597A AE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    HIV/AIDS Counseling

    HIV/AIDS Counseling

    This seminar examines the clinical, social and ethical issues in counseling persons with AIDS-related problems. In addition to the lecture/discussion format, opportunity for supervised role-playing may be provided. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY597B CE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY597B AE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY597B BE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY597B CE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY597B AE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY597B BE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Domestic Violence

    Domestic Violence

    Examines the characteristics and treatment of the perpetrators and victims of domestic violence. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY597C BE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Locke, Gabriella Emmari
    Fall 2019
    PSY597C AE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Locke, Gabriella Emmari
    Fall 2020
    PSY597C AE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Addictions Counseling

    Addictions Counseling

    This course provides the student with an overview of the addictive process including substance dependency and behavioral compulsions. The course emphasizes the etiology of addiction, the systemic impact of co-occurring disorders, the standard of care treatment modalities, and concepts of resiliency and recovery. Pass/Fail. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY598A AE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Palacios, Karre Rose
    Spring 2020
    PSY598A BE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY598A AE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY598A AE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY598A AE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Aging and Mental Health

    Aging and Mental Health

    This seminar addresses mental health issues in aging populations. Pass/Fail. (2 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY598C BE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Freeman, Laura K
    Summer 2019
    PSY598C AE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Freeman, Laura K
    Summer 2020
    PSY598C AE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff

    Optional Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) Concentration (18 units)

    Students entering the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology (MFT Program) may also complete, in addition to the core requirements, an optional concentration to satisfy the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor requirements.

    Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (18 units)

    Community Mental Health Counseli

    Community Mental Health Counseli

    This course introduces the student to the contemporary context of community mental health settings. Course content emphasizes recovery-oriented treatment for severe mental illness, disaster and trauma response, services for victims of abuse, the homeless, foster care services, case management, client advocacy, in-home and in-school services, bilingual client services, professional collaboration and medical family therapy. This is an elective course for which students wishing to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California should register. Pre- or Co- requisite: PSY535. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY536 AE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Soto, Erika
    Summer 2020
    PSY536 BE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY536 AE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Career Counseling

    Career Counseling

    This course is designed to meet the professional training criteria of students within the field of Counseling Psychology and other helping professions to gain competency in the basic tenets of career counseling. This is an elective course for which students wishing to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California should register. (3 units; Spring)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY537 BE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY537 AE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY537 AE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Empirically-Based Treatment for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illn

    Empirically-Based Treatment for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illn

    This course exposes students to empirically based approaches for treating adults with severe mental illness. Students will gain an understanding of the history, goals, techniques, and research outcomes associated with interventions for adults with major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder. A specific focus will be on empirically based approaches for severe mental illness, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). (3 units; Fall)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY541 BE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY541 AE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY541 AE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY541 BE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Play Therapy for Special Populatio

    Play Therapy for Special Populatio

    This course introduces the student to the major theoretical models of play therapy with an emphasis on special populations including children experiencing grief and loss, children placed in foster care, and children who have been physically abused, sexually abused or neglected. (3 units; Spring)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY542 AE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Miller, Yvonne Marie
    Fall 2019
    PSY542 BE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Crosby, Lori Ann
    Fall 2020
    PSY542 AE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Evaluation and Treatment of Compulsive Disord

    Evaluation and Treatment of Compulsive Disord

    This course offers an intensive study of the biopsychological mechanisms underlying compulsive behaviors. Focus includes eating disorders, sexual compulsions, gambling, and internet addiction. Evidence-based treatment approaches are identified and related to their impact on health, wellness, and recovery. (3 units; Summer)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY543 AE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY543 BE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY543 AE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Standard of Care Approaches for Evaluating and Treating Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Dis

    Standard of Care Approaches for Evaluating and Treating Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Dis

    This course exposes students to empirically based approaches for working with children and adolescents with externalizing disorders, including oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and intermittent explosive disorder. Students will explore the history, goals, techniques, and research outcomes associated with interventions for children and adolescents with externalizing disorders. A majority of the course will be focused on the collaborative problem solving (CPS) approach, multisystemic therapy (MST), parent-child interaction training (PCIT), and parent management training (PMT). (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY544 AE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Freeman, Laura K
    Summer 2020
    PSY544 AE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff

    Optional Electives

    Pre-Practicum

    Pre-Practicum

    Supervised counseling experience in a professional setting. An elective course for students who begin counseling as trainees prior to the Fall PSY555 Practicum I course. Prerequisites: PSY 501s, 502s, 505, 525, and 560. Pass/Fail. May be repeated one time for credit.(1 unit)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY534 AE Session 1&2
    05/06/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Shepard, Elisa M.
    Community Mental Health Counseling (Required for LPCC License)

    Community Mental Health Counseling (Required for LPCC License)

    This course introduces the student to the contemporary context of community mental health settings. Course content emphasizes recovery-oriented treatment for severe mental illness, disaster and trauma response, services for victims of abuse, the homeless, foster care services, case management, client advocacy, in-home and in-school services, bilingual client services, professional collaboration and medical family therapy. This is an elective course for which students wishing to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California should register. Pre- or Co- requisite: PSY535. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY536 AE Session 2
    07/01/2019
    08/25/2019
    Online N/A N/A Soto, Erika
    Summer 2020
    PSY536 BE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY536 AE Session 2
    06/29/2020
    08/23/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Career Counseling (Required for LPCC License)

    Career Counseling (Required for LPCC License)

    This course is designed to meet the professional training criteria of students within the field of Counseling Psychology and other helping professions to gain competency in the basic tenets of career counseling. This is an elective course for which students wishing to pursue licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor in the State of California should register. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY537 BE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY537 AE Session 1
    01/06/2020
    03/01/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY537 AE Session 1
    01/04/2021
    02/28/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Empirically-Based Approaches for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illness (Required for LPCC license)

    Empirically-Based Approaches for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illness (Required for LPCC license)

    This course exposes students to empirically based approaches for treating adults with severe mental illness. Students will gain an understanding of the history, goals, techniques, and research outcomes associated with interventions for adults with major depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder. A specific focus will be on empirically based approaches for severe mental illness, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Spring 2020
    PSY541 BE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2020
    PSY541 AE Session 2
    03/02/2020
    04/26/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY541 AE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Spring 2021
    PSY541 BE Session 2
    03/01/2021
    04/25/2021
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Play Therapy for Special Populations (Required for LPCC license)

    Play Therapy for Special Populations (Required for LPCC license)

    This course introduces the student to the major theoretical models of play therapy with an emphasis on special populations including children experiencing grief and loss, children placed in foster care, and children who have been physically abused, sexually abused or neglected. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY542 AE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Miller, Yvonne Marie
    Fall 2019
    PSY542 BE Session 1
    09/03/2019
    10/27/2019
    Online N/A N/A Crosby, Lori Ann
    Fall 2020
    PSY542 AE Session 1
    08/31/2020
    10/25/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Evaluation and Treatment of Compulsive Disorders (Required for LPCC license)

    Evaluation and Treatment of Compulsive Disorders (Required for LPCC license)

    This course offers an intensive study of the biopsychological mechanisms underlying compulsive behaviors. Focus includes eating disorders, sexual compulsions, gambling, and internet addiction. Evidence-based treatment approaches are identified and related to their impact on health, wellness, and recovery. (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Fall 2019
    PSY543 AE Session 2
    10/28/2019
    12/22/2019
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY543 BE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Fall 2020
    PSY543 AE Session 2
    10/26/2020
    12/20/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Standard of Care Approaches for Evaluating and Treating Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Disorders (Required for LPCC license)

    Standard of Care Approaches for Evaluating and Treating Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Disorders (Required for LPCC license)

    This course exposes students to empirically based approaches for working with children and adolescents with externalizing disorders, including oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, and intermittent explosive disorder. Students will explore the history, goals, techniques, and research outcomes associated with interventions for children and adolescents with externalizing disorders. A majority of the course will be focused on the collaborative problem solving (CPS) approach, multisystemic therapy (MST), parent-child interaction training (PCIT), and parent management training (PMT). (3 units)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY544 AE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Freeman, Laura K
    Summer 2020
    PSY544 AE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Grief & Loss Counseling

    Grief & Loss Counseling

    This seminar explores the impact of grief and loss as it affects the individual and the family system. A lecture discussion format is utilized. Elective course. Pass/Fail. (1 unit)


    Semester Course Section Dates Location Days Time Instructor
    Summer 2019
    PSY598B BE Session 1
    05/06/2019
    06/30/2019
    Online N/A N/A Soto, Erika
    Summer 2020
    PSY598B BE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff
    Summer 2020
    PSY598B AE Session 1
    05/04/2020
    06/28/2020
    Online N/A N/A Staff

    Psychotherapy Requirement

    Students entering the Graduate Program in Counseling Psychology at California Baptist University will be required to complete twenty-four (24) hours of individual psychotherapy or fifty (50) hours of group psychotherapy with a licensed psychotherapist. This therapy must be done outside the campus community and may not include therapists who have any teaching relationship with California Baptist University. Students completing the psychotherapy requirement may obtain the psychotherapy form from the Online and Professional Studies Academic offices.

    Student Disclosure of Personal Information

    Students may be required to disclose personal information regarding sexual history, history of abuse and neglect, psychological treatment, and relationships with parents, peers, and spouses or significant others if the information is necessary to evaluate or obtain assistance for students whose personal problems could reasonably be judged to be preventing them from performing their training- or professionally related activities in a competent manner or posing a threat to the students or others.

    Licensed Professional Cllinical Counselor (LPCC)

    Students entering the Online and Professional Studies (OPS) Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) program may also complete an additional eighteen(18) units to satisfy the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) academic requirements established by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) in the state of California. Students must complete both PSY536 Community Mental Health Counseling and PSY537 Career Counseling. In addition, students must complete twelve (12) units, focusing on LPCC special topics, by taking the following four courses: (a) Play Therapy for Special Populations; (b)Evaluation and Treatment of Compulsive Disorders; (c)Empirically-Based Approaches for Treating Adults with Severe Mental Illness; and (d)Standard of Care Approaches for Evaluating and Treating Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Disorders. One additional class is added to the core course sequence each semester so as to complete the eighteen (18) additional units for the LPCC track.

Faculty

Thomas Frederick

Thomas Frederick, Ph.D.

Director of MSCP program/ Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-2191
Email: tfrederick@calbaptist.edu
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Laura Freeman

Laura Freeman, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-3982
Email: lfreeman@calbaptist.edu
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Anna Grigorian-Routon

Anna Grigorian-Routon, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-3947
Email: agrigorian-routon@calbaptist.edu
Department: Behavioral Sciences
Susan Purrington

Susan Purrington, Psy.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology

Office Phone: (951) 343-3998
Email: spurrington@calbaptist.edu
Department: Behavioral Sciences

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 for conditional admission; 2.75 GPA for unconditional admission consideration
  • Official sealed transcripts
  • 500 word personal statement covering these areas:

    • Purpose for entering the program
    • Long term professional goals
    • Experiences that have directed your interest toward becoming a therapist
    • Religious background, present pattern of spiritual growth, fundamentals of personal faith, and the relationship between your faith and professional goals
    • Influences that have shaped your present values and approach to life
    • Include in your essay a response to this question: “Have you ever received psychiatric treatment or counseling, yes or no?” If yes, please provide a brief explanation.
    • Reasons for choosing to study at California Baptist University

Step 1:

Apply Online

Step 1a:

Complete the financial aid application: FAFSA
CBU FAFSA School Code: 001125

Step 2:

Your personal admissions counselor will contact you to assist with enrollment, registration and financing your education

Step 3:

Student will supply official transcripts to admissions counselor

Step 4:

Admissions counselor will meet with you to complete the registration process and provide an estimated financial aid award/education financing plan*

Step 5:

Admissions counselor will introduce you to your Academic “One Stop Advisor” to complete your academic degree plan and assist you in navigating your academic career to graduation.





*Student may begin class once this step has been completed

This serves as an admissions process general guide, may vary based on transfer units, test scores, etc. See your admissions counselor for your personal enrollment plan.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Live your purpose. Follow your passion. CBU Online is dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. Earning your degree at CBU Online is a short term investment with long term dividends.

  • A cost effective education with financial aid options
  • Apply for aid by completing the FAFSA, work individually with caring staff to explore financing options to complete your education
  • Grants, Scholarships, Veteran’s Benefits, Employer Tuition Assistance, Student Loans and Financing Plans available for those who qualify
  • Yellow Ribbon Military Friendly School

Find and secure the resources you need to finance your educational investment. CBU Online works hard to provide an affordable and valuable education. We can help you identify, understand, and seek qualification for a variety of financing and financial aid options.

The first step is to fill-out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov

CBU’s FAFSA School Code: 001125

Click here for more Information about Financial Aid at CBU Online

Contact Us


Admissions

Phone: 951-343-3927
877-228-5657
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

CBU Online & Professional Studies Division

Phone: 951-343-3900
Email: cbuonline@calbaptist.edu

Financial Aid

Phone: 951-343-4236
Email: finaidops@calbaptist.edu

Student Accounts

Phone: 951-343-4371
Email: studentaccounts@calbaptist.edu

Disability Services

Phone: 951-343-2190
Email: dss@calbaptist.edu