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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP)

The curriculum leading to the MACP degree is designed to prepare students for individual, marriage, family, or child counseling in vocational, church, private, or institutional settings. The MACP (Licensure Track) is focused on preparing students to be licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. Licensure in other states is possible, but not guaranteed and we recommend you review the requirements of your state’s licensing board. The MACP (Non-Licensure Track) is designed for students who want to gain the counseling skills and learn the scientific research provided by psychology without desiring licensure or to provide the educational foundation to enter a PSYD degree program focused on gaining licensure in California as a psychologist.

 

MACP Total Units Required: 78 units

MACP Core—43 units

  • CO-501 Counseling Theory 1
  • CO-504 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • CO-505 Human Growth and Development
  • CO-506 Counseling Techniques *
  • CO-507 Crisis Intervention
  • CO-508 Psychopathology
  • CO-509 Premarital and Marital Counseling
  • CO-516 Law and Professional Ethics in Counseling
  • CO-608 Research and Program Evaluations
  • CO-611 Cross-cultural Mores and Values
  • CO-612 Approaches to the Treatment of Children
  • CO-617 Psychological Testing and Application
  • CO-618 Group Counseling *
  • CO-619 Counseling Process
  • CO-621 Assessment Techniques of MFT Clinical Practice
  • CO-774 Psychopharmacology

Counseling Practicum—9 units

  • CO-771 Counseling Practicum 1
  • CO-772 Counseling Practicum 2
  • CO-773 Counseling Practicum 3

Specific Training for Licensure Preparation—9 units
(Required by the Board of Behavioral Science)

  • CO-613 Ethics of Sexual Care and Human Sexuality
  • CO-614 Alcohol and Substance Abuse **
  • CO-615 Child, Spousal/Partner Abuse
  • CO-620 Dependent Adult Elder Care and Again

Biblical Foundations—18 units

  • NT-601 Analysis of Romans
  • BI-500 Bible Survey
  • BC-501 Theological Foundations of Counseling
  • BH-501 Hermeneutics
  • BH-508 Comparative Systems of Theology (Dispensationalism)
  • PH-503 History of Philosophy & Worldviews
MACP Program Details

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Licensure Information

The SCS Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program satisfies the educational requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Science, Business and Professions Code, Section 4980.37, for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California.

  1. With one additional class (Vocational Counseling) the MACP degree also meets educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
  2. The other requirements for licensure as an MFT include registration with the BBS as an intern, 104 weeks of supervision, 3000 hours of supervised work experience, and passing both the MFT Standard Written Exam and MFT Written Clinical Vignette Examination.
  3. The other requirements for licensure as an LPCC include registration with the BBS as a Professional Counselor Intern, 104 weeks of supervision (52 of which must be individual supervision), 3000 hours of supervised work experience (completed after degree conferral), and passing both the California Law and Ethics Examination and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination.
  4. Students seeking licensure should contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences verify licensure requirements. Completion of the MACP degree program does not guarantee licensure. Students seeking licensure in another state should review the requirements of the specific state before enrolling in our degree programs.
MACP Non-Licensure Track

The Non-Licensure Track follows the same curriculum distribution as the Licensure track, excluding the Practicum classes. Those who do not want to pursue licensure may complete all the course requirements and opt out of the Practicum experience requirement with the Non-licensure Track, but this degree will not qualify them for licensure.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT)

The curriculum leading to the MAMFT degree is designed to prepare students for working with couples and families as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California. The MAMFT degree teaches students to incorporate popular family systems theories with other psychological, empirically-validated theories and techniques to tailor effective therapy for each individual, couple, or family. Licensure in other states is possible, but not guaranteed and we recommend you review the requirements of your state’s licensing board.

 

MAMFT Total Units Required: 78 units

MAMFT Core—43 units

  • CO-501 Counseling Theory 1
  • CO-504 Theories of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • CO-505 Human Growth and Development
  • CO-506 Counseling Techniques *
  • CO-507 Crisis Intervention
  • CO-508 Psychopathology
  • CO-509 Premarital and Marital Counseling
  • CO-516 Law and Professional Ethics in Counseling
  • CO-608 Research and Program Evaluations
  • CO-611 Cross-cultural Mores and Values
  • CO-612 Approaches to the Treatment of Children
  • CO-617 Psychological Testing and Application
  • CO-618 Group Counseling *
  • CO-619 Counseling Process
  • CO-621 Assessment Techniques of MFT Clinical Practice
  • CO-774 Psychopharmacology

 Counseling Practicum—9 units

  • CO-771 Counseling Practicum 1
  • CO-772 Counseling Practicum 2
  • CO-773 Counseling Practicum 3

Specific Training for Licensure Preparation—9 units
(Required by the Board of Behavioral Science)

  • CO-613 Ethics of Sexual Care and Human Sexuality
  • CO-614 Alcohol and Substance Abuse **
  • CO-615 Child, Spousal/Partner Abuse
  • CO-620 Dependent Adult Elder Care and Again

Biblical Foundations—18 units

  • NT-601 Analysis of Romans
  • BI-500 Bible Survey
  • BC-501 Theological Foundations of Counseling
  • BH-501 Hermeneutics
  • BH-508 Comparative Systems of Theology (Dispensationalism)
  • PH-503 History of Philosophy & Worldviews
MAMFT Program Details

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Licensure Information

The SCS Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program satisfies the educational requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Science, Business and Professions Code, Section 4980.37, for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California.

  1. With one additional class (Vocational Counseling) the MACP degree also meets educational requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.
  2. The other requirements for licensure as an MFT include registration with the BBS as an intern, 104 weeks of supervision, 3000 hours of supervised work experience, and passing both the MFT Standard Written Exam and MFT Written Clinical Vignette Examination.
  3. The other requirements for licensure as an LPCC include registration with the BBS as a Professional Counselor Intern, 104 weeks of supervision (52 of which must be individual supervision), 3000 hours of supervised work experience (completed after degree conferral), and passing both the California Law and Ethics Examination and the National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Examination.

Students seeking licensure should contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences to verify licensure requirements. Completion of the MAMFT degree program does not guarantee licensure. Students seeking licensure in another state should review the requirements of the specific state before enrolling in our degree programs.

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program provides students with a biblically based training program, designed to equip them for ministry opportunities in the local church, private practice counseling, or service in organizational and institutional settings. This unique integration of psychology and theology will prepare students to impact individuals, families, and communities with counseling skills and psychological tools, encompassed in a genuine spiritual environment. The program will also prepare the student for practicing as a psychologist in California.

Psy.D. Credit Requirements

  • Total Without Qualifying Master’s Degree: 125 units
  • Total With Qualifying Master’s Degree: 74 units

Biblical Foundations—18

  • NT-601 Analysis of Romans
  • BI-500 Bible Survey
  • BC-501 Theological Foundations of Counseling
  • BH-501 Hermeneutics
  • BH-508 Comparative Systems of Theology (Dispensationalism)
  • PH-503 History of Philosophy & Worldviews

Foundational Graduate Coursework—51 units

A qualifying Master’s degree may be accepted to meet these requirements.
  • CO-501 Counseling Theory 1
  • CO-505 Human Growth and Development
  • CO-506 Counseling Techniques *
  • CO-507 Crisis Intervention
  • CO-508 Psychopathology
  • CO-509 Premarital and Marital Counseling
  • CO-515 Counseling Theory 2
  • CO-516 Law and Professional Ethics in Counseling
  • CO-608 Research and Program Evaluations
  • CO-611 Cross-cultural Mores and Values
  • CO-612 Approaches to the Treatment of Children
  • CO-613 Ethics of Sexual Care and Human Sexuality
  • CO-614 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • CO-615 Child, Spousal/Partner Abuse
  • CO-617 Psychological Testing and Application
  • CO-618 Group Counseling *
  • CO-619 Counseling Process
  • CO-620 Dependent Adult, Elder Care, and Aging
  • CO-774 Pharmacology

Post-Graduate Coursework—31 units

  • PY-781 Systems of Integration and Intervention
  • PY-801 Psychodiagnostics and Assessment
  • PY-803 Advanced Therapeutic Interventions *
  • PY-807 Advanced Psychological Testing 1
  • PY-922 Psychological Testing Lab *
  • PY-808 Advanced Psychological Testing 2
  • PY-809 Advanced Physiological Psychology
  • PY-811 Psychosocial Basis of Behavior
  • PY-813 Advanced Legal and Professional Practices
  • PY-815 Crises Response and Intervention Techniques
  • PY-817 Principles and Practices in Case Supervision

Research and Dissertation—12 units

  • PY-805 Dissertation Research and Statistical Methodology 1
  • PY-905 Dissertation Research and Statistical Methodology 2
  • PY-920 Doctoral Dissertation (trimester)
  • PY-921 Dissertation Completion (trimester)

Doctoral Internship—12 units

  • SCS requires a minimum of 500 hours for graduation.
  • PY-911 Doctoral Internship 1
  • PY-912 Doctoral Internship 2
  • PY-913 Doctoral Internship 3
* Intensive required for Online students
Psy.D. Program Details

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Online Intensives

Almost all of the Psy.D. courses are available online as well as on-site, with the exception of one course and one lab specifically chosen to be required in person at an on-site SCS location. The PY-803, Advanced Therapeutic Interventions, is offered as an intensive course to be taken on-site typically during the end of the first year of post-graduate Psy.D. courses. PY-922, Psychological Testing Lab, is also offered as intensive typically during the end of the second year of post-graduate Psy.D. courses. In addition to the lab, online students will undergo an in-person evaluation with various professors during the same time frame of the PY-922 Lab. This evaluation will determine continued status as a student. It is the students’ responsibility to arrange travel and accommodations while participating in these intensive courses, although the school may help in guidance and options. These courses will function as a competency evaluation to assure students are gaining the needed skills to be effective clinicians in practice after graduation. Poor grades or failure of these courses could result in a re-evaluation of whether the student is appropriate for the degree. See the course descriptions for better understanding of what is required in the courses.

Licensure Requirements

The SCS Doctor of Psychology program is approved by the California Board of Psychology and meets the degree requirements toward licensure. Other requirements for the Psychologist license include registration with the Board of Psychology, gaining 3000 hours of supervised professional experience, completion of additional training in human sexuality, child abuse, spousal/partner abuse, drug/alcohol dependence, and aging/long-term care and passing both the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology and the California Psychology Supplemental Examination. Students seeking licensure should contact the Board of Psychology to verify all requirements for licensure. Completion of the PSYD degree program does not guarantee licensure. Students seeking licensure in another state should review the requirements of the specific state before enrolling in our degree programs.

The Board of Psychology requires specific additional academic training for those applying for licensure as a psychologist. These courses are incorporated in the Division of Behavioral Sciences curriculum as educational requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP). Doctoral students who have not completed the following requirements are advised to enroll in these courses concurrently with their doctoral studies if they desire to apply for licensure. Students seeking licensure in another state should review the requirements of the specific state before enrolling in our degree programs.

Licensure Preparation

Specific Training for Licensure Preparation—8 units

  • CO-613 Ethics of Sexual Care and Human Sexuality
  • CO-614 Alcohol and Substance Abuse
  • CO-615 Child, Spousal/Partner Abuse
  • CO-620 Dependent Adult, Elder Care, and Aging 2

 

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