The Professional Clinical Counseling 

In 2009, the Board of Behavioral Sciences in California differentiated Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC) as two distinct licenses that were available to mental health professionals at the master’s level. As such, Antioch University developed the opportunity for students in the MAP-Clinical program who designated the General Practice specialization to take coursework in their general practice elective coursework that would make them eligible for the PCC license in California.

The profession of counseling, governed by the American Counseling Association (ACA), holds a theoretical framework that is slightly different than that of marriage and family therapy. Historically, marriage and family therapists were trained in a diagnosis, medical-focused model (often trained to work in hospitals and clinics), whereas counselors were trained in a developmental, normative-stress model (often trained to work in schools and college counseling centers for people undergoing normative life stressors). After World War II, many counselors and therapists were trained and hired interchangeably to work with the massive increase of individuals needing a wide variety of services, including vocational guidance and job placement as well as comprehensive psychological treatment to aid in their suffering of PTSD symptoms. Thus, MFTs and PCCs are now often working in many of the same locations, although their scope of practice and theoretical framework of training are different. Specifically, PCCs often are focused on:

(1)  normative development across the lifespan (e.g.  development throughout adulthood and midlife) at the master’s level; and,

(2) career counseling theory and career-focused assessment techniques (e.g., development throughout adulthood and midlife) at the master’s level.

GATEWAY Course for the PCC Specialization: PSY-5010A (Process of Interpersonal Psychotherapy I). This is a co-requisite for PSY-5060E, meaning that students can take PSY-5010A and PSY-5060E concurrently. 

17 units LPCC Specialization
 Students can take PSY 5090 as their clinical skills elective (which can also fulfill one of their core course requirements). Students can also choose to take PSY 5360E (Research for Evidence-Based Practice) in lieu of PSY 5450E (Program Development and Evaluation) if desired.

PSY 5060ECareer Development I3
PSY 5060FCareer Development II2
PSY 5450EProgram Development and Evaluation3
PSY 5500EIntegrative Treatment of Addictive & Co-Ocurring Disorders3
PSY 5090Brief Therapy2