Specialization in LPCC Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Brian P. Tilley

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree - Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Specialization emphasizes counseling techniques and theories, including those related to career development, and is designed for students who are committed to the practice of individual and group counseling. This version of the degree meets the academic requirements to be eligible for licensing as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Establish professional relationships with diverse clients that provide the necessary conditions for therapeutic change.
  2. Diagnose and assess categories of mental distress, psychopathology, and problems in living in diverse individuals and systems according to the current diagnostic systems.
  3. Develop strategies and detailed plans for successful and ethical psychotherapeutic interventions with diverse client groups in various clinical contexts, including crisis intervention and case management assessment.
  4. Critically evaluate and assess various models of psychotherapy and execute psychotherapeutic interventions within diverse relationships.
  5. Integrate professional and personal development through self-reflection and introspective awareness.
  6. Apply clinical theory, research, and related literature within the field of counseling psychology.
  7. Apply professional ethics, values, and relevant laws and legal codes to the professional roles and systems related to practice as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.


Area of Specialization Requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units) Students choosing the LPCC Specialization must complete the following four courses in addition to the MAC core coursework in order to complete their MAC degree.