Respecialization of Clinical Counseling Certificate

Department of School Counseling and School Psychology: (626) 815-5424

The Department of School Counseling and School Psychology offers the Respecialization of Clinical Counseling Certificate. This certificate equips candidates with an in-depth understanding of the numerous issues and pressures facing students and their families today. The program also prepares students for California state licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) to counsel students, individually and in groups, who are in the process of personal, educational, and career development.

The Respecialization of Clinical Counseling Certificate is offered as a four-course elective sequence designed to assist candidates in meeting the educational requirements for licensure as an LPCC.

Semester 1
EDCO 571Introduction to Clinical Practice: Basic Skills3
EDCO 572Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology3
Semester 2
EDCO 573Addictions, Assessment, and Interventions3
EDCO 574Introduction to Clinical Practice: Advanced Skills3

Admission requirements for the Respecialization of Clinical Counseling Certificate’s four-course sequence require students to have a master’s degree in counseling, clinical psychology, or a related field. The courses offered through this program are designed to assist students in meeting eligibility requirements for the LPCC designation in the state of California. Simply taking these four courses will not ensure licensure. Each student is responsible to adhere to specific education and experience requirements, as well as take the required examinations in order to obtain licensure. It is recommended that students visit the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC) for the most current and accurate information about LPCC licensure requirements. Please contact a faculty advisor in the Department of School Counseling and School Psychology for further information.

Note: The Respecialization of Clinical Counseling Certificate is offered only to candidates who began their educational counseling degree program prior to August 1, 2012, and who will complete their program on or before December 31, 2018. Revisions to state regulations that took effect January 1, 2017, require that an eligible master’s degree must have included the following core content areas: core content area #5, assessment, appraisal, and testing of individuals; and core content area #7, principles of the diagnostic process. Please visit the Board of Behavioral Sciences for more information at bbs.ca.gov.