»Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

CES has developed two programs that allow students in School Counseling and School Psychology to meet the educational requirements to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). The additional coursework required to meet the educational requirement for the LPCC is embedded into two new emphases.

  • MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling
  • Ed.S. Degree in School Psychology with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling

The license in professional clinical counseling is a master’s level license regulated by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners (BBSE), the same state agency that controls licensing for Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. LPCC license holders can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside the schools in private practice or clinic settings. 

“Professional clinical counseling” is focused exclusively on the application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques for the purposes of improving mental health, and is not intended to capture other, non-clinical (i.e. non-mental health) forms of counseling for the purposes of licensure.

Recent graduates in School Counseling and School Psychology may also be eligible to pursue licensure by taking additional coursework.  This can be done without formal admissions into a graduate program through the Chapman University Office of Extended Education by contacting the appropriate program coordinator listed below.

+-Educational Specialist in Counseling & Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Earn your MA in Counseling in Counseling with Emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling. The program consists of an 18 unit emphasis in addition to the current 48 credit program for a total of 66 credits.

Additional 18 credits required for The Emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling

  • CSP 602: Child, Spousal or Partner Abuse (1)
  • CSP 603: Human Sexuality (1)
  • CSP 604: Aging and long term Care (1)        
  • CSP 605: California Law and Professional Ethics for Professional Counselors and Psychotherapists (1)
  • CSP 517: School Mental Health (3 credits)
  • CSP 636: Assessment for Counselors (3 credits)
  • CSP 519: Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals (3)
  • CSP 625: Assessment and treatment of Substance abuse for the Professional Counselor (3)
  • CSP 624: Supervision and Mentoring in Professional Clinical Counseling  I (1)
  • CSP 624: Supervision and Mentoring in Professional Clinical Counseling  II (1)

+-Educational Specialist in School Psychology & Pupil Personnel Services Credential

Earn your Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology with Emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling and Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology. The program consists of a 15 unit emphasis in addition to the current 69 credit program for a total of 84 credits. 

  • CSP 602: Child, Spousal or Partner Abuse (1)
  • CSP 603: Human Sexuality (1)
  • CSP 604: Aging and long term Care (1)        
  • CSP 605: California Law and Professional Ethics for Professional Counselors and Psychotherapists (1)
  • CSP 519: Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals (3)
  • CSP 625: Assessment and treatment of Substance abuse for the Professional Counselor (3)
  • CSP 617: Career Counseling (3)
  • CSP 624: Supervision and Mentoring in Professional Clinical Counseling  I (1)
  • CSP 624: Supervision and Mentoring in Professional Clinical Counseling  II (1)

+-LPCC Emphasis Courses

The College of Educational Studies will be offering 5 Professional Development Courses for the LPCC Program in the 2013 - 2014 Academic Year. Courses include:

  • CSP 602: Responding to Spousal or Partner Abuse (1)
  • CSP 603: Human Sexuality (1)
  • CSP 604: Aging and Long-Term Care (1)
  • CSP 605: California Law and Professional Ethnics for Professional Counselors and Psychotherapists (1)
  • CSP 626: Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse for the Professional Counselor (3)

For more information regarding the scheduling or details of these courses please contact Dr. John Brady at (714) 628-7286 or by email at jbrady@chapman.edu

+-Contact Us

Dr. Kelly Kennedy, School Psychology Coordinator   
kkennedy@chapman.edu | (714) 744-7944

Dr. John Brady, School Counseling Coordinator  
jbrady@chapman.edu | (714) 628-7286

Dr. Ellen Curtis-Pierce, Director, Extended Education 
ecpierce@chapman.edu | (714) 997-6590

Anna Lane, CES Admissions Specialist   
amitch@chapman.edu | (714) 997-6714

For more information and application materials related to LPCC licensure, please contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences (www.bbs.ca.gov).

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