LPCC and LMFT Licensure Preparation
The Department of Counseling prepares students to become clinical mental health counselors. Our degree program prepares students to seek Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of California. To practice as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California, a license issued by the State Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is required.
Our 63-unit clinical mental health counseling program is designed to prepare students to meet licensure requirements for LPCC and/or LPCC (See BBS website: www.bbs.ca.gov). Students should note that licensure requirements extend beyond those of the M.S. degree and include registration as an associate and passing official examinations. It is the student's responsibility to keep informed about licensure requirements as they are subject to change from time-to-time. An authoritative source of information is "Laws and Regulations Relating to the Practice of Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, Licensed Clinical Social Work, Licensed Educational Psychology, and Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling" issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences and available on the BBS website.
Please note that upon registration as an associate, the BBS requires the reporting of any and all misdemeanors and felonies, no matter how long ago they occurred or if they have been expunged (such as a DUI). Individuals may not be eligible for licensure or may be required to be on probation as part of seeking the license.
For further information, write to:
Board of Behavioral Sciences
1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-200,
Sacramento, California 95834
or call them at:
Or visit the BBS website .
For the LPCC:
Students are designated trainees by the BBS and must complete 280 client contact hours as part of the degree. The minimum of 3000 hours required for licensure must be accrued as an intern. It is advisable to write to the BBS for a registration packet early (e.g., at the beginning of the last semester).
For the LMFT:
Students are designated trainees by the BBS and can accrue licensing hours after they have been classified by the Department and begin their fieldwork practicum. It is advisable to write to the BBS for a registration packet early (e.g., at the beginning of the last semester).