Clinical Counseling Masters Program
WHAT IS CLINICAL COUNSELING?
Clinical Counseling is a master’s level mental health profession that applies counseling and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, psychosocial and environmental problems, and crisis intervention. The MA Clinical Counseling Program integrates the principles of mental health recovery-oriented practice.
NEW LOW COST TUITION RATE
This is a high growth occupation and the state of California has a great need for more mental health counselors. We decided to expand this program to Fresno to serve a greater population with limited access to mental health care. The original tuition cost of $1060/unit was deemed too high for the Central Valley MA program so we advocated for a lower cost. As both the new Fresno location and existing SF program are the same, we advocated for both locations to have the same lower cost. We succeeded in making the MA Clinical Counseling training more affordable and at the same time maintaining a highly rigorous and social justice -focused program. Our graduates have an extremely high rate of getting highly competitive paid internship positions due to their excellent clinical training, critical thinking skills and unique grant-writing experience. Feedback from community agencies confirms the impressive strengths of the training our students get in the MA-CC program compared to other universities in the region.
This 60-unit MA program is designed to be completed in a minimum of two years of full time study.
Students develop practitioner skills in diagnosis, treatment planning, and psychological interventions with individuals and groups. The program uses academic, experiential, research-based clinical practice approaches and direct community service learning in coursework and field placements. Integrating a strengths-based and resilience perspective, the program fosters critical consciousness and reflective thinking as students learn counseling and consultation skills found to be effective with a variety of mental health issues. Students gain multicultural competence and a strong foundation in social justice advocacy to empower the clients and communities they will serve.
As part of the social justice advocacy training, students will engage in a two-semester collaborative community research project in the Research Methods and Masters Project courses. This will culminate with students submitting a grant proposal to support community mental health services.