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.

Unlike other mental health treatment approaches, Alliant’s online and on-campus clinical counseling program focuses on mental wellness and prevention rather than pathology.

Program Overview and Training Model

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling online and on-campus degree program integrates a strengths-based and resilience perspective to foster critical consciousness and reflective thinking, developing practitioner skills in diagnosis, treatment planning and psychological interventions with individuals and groups. The program uses academically-, experientially-, and research-based clinical practice approaches and direct community service learning in coursework and field placements. Alliant’s program also integrates the principles of mental health recovery-oriented practice.

This Master’s in Counseling degree program is available at the San Francisco and Fresno campus locations and online.

Empower Clients Through Multicultural Competence

Our Clinical Counseling graduate programs help students develop multicultural competence and a strong foundation in social justice advocacy to empower the clients and communities they will serve. To learn more about the program’s multicultural emphasis, please see Clinical Counseling: Multicultural Skills.

Program Duration

This 60-unit Master’s in Clinical Counseling program is designed to be completed in a minimum of two years of full-time study. For more on the program’s core required courses, please see Clinical Counseling: Curriculum and Degree Requirements.

Locations and Course Schedule

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Counseling Master’s program is offered on two campuses – San Francisco and Fresno – as well as online.

  • In San Francisco, most courses are offered in the afternoons, evenings and weekends.
  • In Fresno, courses are offered in the evenings and on weekends.

Field placement schedules often depend on the individual clinic or agency where each student is placed, and therefore vary depending on location.

Graduate Career-Ready

All students graduate positioned to pursue the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license in California and most other states.


The Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling curriculum incorporates the educational requirements set out by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, the Masters in Counseling Accreditation Council (MCAC) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) 2009 Standards.

Get Started Today!

Clinical Counseling is a vital field that allows people like you to make an impact in your community. To take the first step toward earning your Master’s in Clinical Counseling online or on one of Alliant’s campuses, call 1-866-825-5426 or click here for more information.