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University Catalog 2019-2020 
University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Clinical Counseling

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The Certificate in Clinical Counseling is designed for those who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree in counseling or psychology and who are seeking to apply for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) credential for the State of California. Graduates of similar programs may benefit from using up to three of the seven courses required for the certificate to apply toward the LPCC as required by law (see the Board of Behavioral Sciences website for specific licensure requirements).

Professional clinical counseling is the application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques (cognitive, affective, verbal or nonverbal, systemic or holistic counseling strategies that include principles of development, wellness, and maladjustment that reflect a pluralistic society) to identify and remediate cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems.

Information on Eligibility/Admission

Students must either be enrolled in a graduate degree program in counseling, psychology, or closely related profession at Cal State LA, or an alumnus of such programs. Students must apply to the certificate program coordinator for admission to the program.

There are 21 units of advanced coursework. Certificate students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 across certificate coursework.


For current and additional requirements for this certificate program consult the Cal State LA Curriculum Handbook.

U.S Department of Education Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program: Certificate in Clinical Counseling, for the Option in Rehabilitation Counseling, Master of Science in Counseling

Occupations that this certificate program prepares students to enter:

Mental Health Counselors, SOC code 21-1014.00, http://www.onetcodeconnector.org/ccreport/21-1014.00

Rehabilitation Counselor, SOC code 21-1015.00, http://www.onetcodeconnector.org/ccreport/21-1015.00

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors, SOC code 21-1011.00, http://www.onetcodeconnector.org/ccreport/21-1011.00

Community Health Workers, SOC code 21-1094.00, http://www.onetcodeconnector.org/ccreport/21-1094.00

On-time graduation rate for students completing this program:

The additional coursework required for the certificate, five 3-unit courses in addition to the required courses for the Option in Rehabilitation Counseling, will require at least an additional semester of study, most likely two semesters for those working close to full-time.

Cost of Attendance for the entire normal duration (two semesters) of this certificate program:

Once the students enter the Assistant Behavior Analysts Certificate Program, they should be able to complete the certificate in three semesters, at an average of three courses per semester.

Tuition and fees:___$7,609.00_______                               

Books and supplies: ____$1,809.00__________

Median loan debt incurred by students who completed this program:

Data not available - new program offering

The job placement rate for students completing the program:

The certificate and the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor credential being new, with only about 1,000 new licensees to date and as many in process, job placement data are emerging. The LPCC was created to help fill the need for master’s level healthcare providers serving the community of consumers with chronic and severe mental illness. The lifetime prevalence rate for mental illness continues to rise with each survey, the most recent suggesting a 57% lifetime prevalence rate of mental illness.


*For each program, identify the U.S. Dept. of Labor (USDOL) Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code(s) of the occupation(s) that the program prepares students to enter (this may be multiple professions/codes). Also, provide web links to occupational profiles on USDOL’s O*NET web site (http://www.onetonline.org/

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