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Specialization in Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC)

Lead Faculty: Dr. Valerie L. Alexander

The MA Counseling Psychology ndash; LPCC Area of Specialization emphasizes professional counseling and is designed for students who are committed to the practice of individual and group psychotherapy as well as vocational counseling. This version of the degree meets the academic requirements necessary to sit for the License in Professional Clinical Counseling (LPCC) mandated by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in the state of California. Students may take courses from the MFT Area of Specialization as their electives if they want to qualify for both licenses. (Note: LPCCs in California are not allowed to work with families or couples without specific training for those populations.) The MA with LPCC specialization may not meet requirements in other states. Students should consult the licensing boards of the appropriate states for information about licensure outside of California.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess vocational problems and develop academic plans for diverse clients.
  2. Apply therapeutic interventions with diverse clients within the context of professional clinical counseling, including attention to vocational issues when necessary.
  3. Develop culturally appropriate strategies and treatment plans for successful interventions with individuals and groups.


To complete the Specialization in Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling, students must complete the four courses listed below. A total of 13.5 quarter units of graduate credit may be granted for equivalent graduate work completed at another institution, as it applies to this degree and if the units were not used in earning another advanced degree. Students should refer to the section on graduate admission requirements for specific information regarding application and evaluation.
LPCC Specialization (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
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