M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Simpson University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is designed to prepare you for licensure in the State of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist and to positively impact individuals, couples and families in our community. Our comprehensive curriculum will give you a broad academic and clinical experience that is uniquely grounded in the identity and values of a Christian university.

  • Graduate-level training in theories and approaches to counseling psychopathology, assessment, and human development
  • Excellent faculty who are trained and experienced in the subject matter they teach
  • The opportunity to learn and practice clinical assessment and therapy skills, professional attitudes, and interpersonal competencies throughout the program
  • Supervised clinical experience
  • Excellent individual and group support throughout the placement and clinical field training experience
  • An awareness of issues of diversity and training in working with diverse populations
  • An opportunity to integrate spiritual beliefs and values into the educational experience
  • A focus on the development of ethical and professional attitudes and skills
  • Support for adult students
  • A program that meets the California licensing standards for marriage and family therapists according to Business and Professions code 4980.36.
  • A program that also meets California statutory requirements for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) Licensure under Business and Professions Code 4999.32.
  • Preparation for a career in the field of marital and family therapy or preparation to work in a professional area of service where effective interpersonal skills and human relationships are important to success
  • Program Learning Outcomes
  • Program Schedule
  • Program Curriculum

    The program is sequenced so that students will take 2 three-semester unit courses (six credits) per term. Each 15-week semester is divided into two seven-week terms. During the summer term two of the three courses are delivered in an online format. Students will most likely be expected to continue providing counseling services at their training sites throughout the summer. The Practicum course will continue to meet in person during these terms. There is a three week break between terms during the Christmas holiday season.

In addition to the policies and procedures published in the Simpson University Catalog, the following policies and guidelines are in effect for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program.

"The night classes provided schedule flexibility, and the staff are supportive and uplifting. Attempting grad school while raising a large family is a challenge. But this experience has reinforced for me that, with God, nothing is impossible."Jessica Baus, Class of 2015

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