Just a notes page...nothing really organized.

Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) seems to be best choice. Experienced counselors tell me that School and Student Counseling receive less respect, clout, referrals.

Fresno's program is accredited, which should help with licensing.


M.S. in Counseling--Quick Program Facts
M.S. in Counseling - CSUFresno
CSUF Graduate Program guidebook.pdf (application/pdf Object)
Fresno's general guidebook. Not specific to Counseling program.

CSUF Counseling

Department of Counseling, Special Education, and Rehabilitation M.S. in Counseling Options:

Marriage and Family Therapy, Counseling and Student Services

Dr. Charles Arokiasamy, Department Chair Dr.

Claire Sham Choy, Graduate Program Coordinator

Making a Difference in a Diverse Society Through Counseling Program Excellence

As potential leaders in today's educational environment, students in the graduate programs in the Kremen School of Education & Human Development at California State University, Fresno are preparing to effect change within a culturally diverse society. Societal changes influencing our communities and school make the call for educational reform reverberate with even more intensity.

The stressors on marriages, families, and children have created the context for developing a distinguished professional training program for educators and counselors.

Its design and purpose is to cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary to becoming responsible leaders in the culturally diverse San Joaquin valley schools and related public and private service delivery systems.

The Counselor Education programs are designed to provide a wide array of opportunities for the development of skills necessary for the delivery of professional counseling services in public and private schools, institutions of higher learning, and in health and mental health service facilities.

Counselor education programs have been developed and structured in accordance with the most reliable traditions and latest innovations in the field of counselor education, with an appropriate balance of theoretical emphasis and practical application. The Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision awarded the Counselor Education Program the Exemplary Program Award for outstanding innovations in professional preparation for counselors.

In 1995 the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and related Education Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA), conferred accreditation to the MFT option in counseling in Marriage and Family Therapy.

The objectives of this counseling option are to prepare future counselors to be active and constructive facilitators of change and growth in families in the context of an ever-evolving society.

Our graduates are trained to become responsible service-oriented professionals. Whether in the private sector or as employees of social service agencies, they are trained to help families and their children develop tools to deal more effectively with their environment.

These tools ultimately help children adjust to and gain from the educational system.

One goal of the counseling program is to instill within counseling graduates a vision for optimizing the quality of life for all people, in meeting the needs and demands of a multicultural environment. At the counseling clinic, counseling students are first initiated into the profession of counseling. The counseling clinic is a series of laboratories with one-way mirrors where the counseling process may be observed and feedback given to the counseling student on techniques, process, and related therapeutic skills. Through dual-track video and audio taping, the counseling student is able to record counseling sessions in vivo while simultaneously receiving feedback on counseling technique and nonverbal behavior from clinical supervisors.

The highly regarded Fresno Family Counseling Center is a cooperative project between the Fresno Unified School District and the Counselor Education Program. Through the center, advanced counseling students work with families in a professional environment while receiving close supervision from licensed faculty.

This work, coupled with intensive professional service practice internships in varying rural and urban environs, has been cited as a major strength of the program.

Program Development

In the ethnically and culturally diversified San Joaquin Valley, it is deemed appropriate that the Kremen School of Education and Human Development has formulated a relevant model, "Making a Difference in a Diverse Society." In the counseling education program, all coursework is designed to help students develop the skills to address the needs of a heterogeneous populace.

In order to ensure top-quality preparation, the complex field of Marriage and Family is embedded in a 60-unit Master of Science degree in Counseling. Completion of the requirements for this degree satisfies the degree title requirement for the Marriage and Family Therapy license in the State of California. Graduate students are advised to stay abreast of the changing requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences for eventual licensure.

As graduates of a CACREP accredited program, students also qualify to take the National Board for Certified Counselors exam for certification as a National Board Certified Counselor.

The Four Programmatic Dimensions

The faculty in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development has developed and designated four dimensions around which all programs in Graduate Education revolve.

The philosophical and ideological dimension forms the basic core knowledge essential to marriage and family therapy.

The cognitive and reflective dimension encompasses thoughtful planning which involves decision making and problem analysis.

Basic management and leadership functions are necessary when consulting with parents, teachers, and related specialists.

Critical thinking is deployed through introspective case studies, simulation, reflective journals, and actual client counseling. Students are expected to integrate and apply knowledge in each class, but is especially expected and evaluated in professional field experiences. The faculty closely evaluate the performance of each student through field placement supervisor feedback and weekly university supervision.

Supervision is the hallmark of the Counseling Education Program both for the faculty and for the students.

Attention to cultural diversity is critical to the region and to the counseling education program. As equity representation is one of the goals of the department, it is important that the student body reflect this heterogeneity and that the profession of marriage and family therapy meet the needs of all groups.

The Counseling Education program is contemporary not only in its goals and structure but also in its use of advanced technology. The completion of the Education Building in the spring of 1994 reflects our dedication to offering the best graduate and undergraduate degree programs. This 121,000-square foot building offers many special features which are organized into several major program centers, including the counseling education program facilities. Several technologically advanced innovative centers are available to graduate students in counseling: the Interdisciplinary Instructional Center, the Graduate Research Center, the Instructional Technology Center and the Education and Human Development Center, where the Clinical Center is located. With this expansion and development, the School and the Counseling Education Program have assumed a regional leadership role in a university wholly dedicated to Making a Difference in a Diverse Society.

Sunday, February 11, 2007 11:11:56 AM M.S. in Counseling - CSUF

CSUF Counseling Quick Facts

Program COUNSELING DegreeMS Options
Marriage and Family Therapy Counseling & Student Services Required Tests

GRE General or MAT Score Range
Quantitative - 450

TOEFL score for int'l. students 560

Letters of Recommendation

Most Important Criteria

Experience / Potential / GPA Additional Program Application

Program Application Deadline / Fall 2007:

Apply between Oct. 1, 2006 and March 1, 2007 Program Application

Deadline / Spring 2007: September 30, 2006 Degree units30 units Coursework

Graduate Courses Degree Requirements University Catalog Graduate Program Coordinator

Dr. Claire Sham Choy Phone(559) 278-0345 emailcshamchoy@csufresno.edu

College / School Kremen School of Education and Human Development Department:

Chair Dr. Charles Arokiasamy Phone (559) 278-0340 FAX (559) 278-0045

Office Location Education Building, Room 350 Address Department of Counseling and Special Education California State University, Fresno 5005 N. Maple M/S ED 3 Fresno CA 93740-8025

Sunday, February 11, 2007 12:05:21 PM
M.S. in Counseling--Quick Program Facts