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COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY

Master of Arts (MACP)

The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out. ~ Prov. 20:5

The M.A. in Counseling Psychology program is carefully designed to meet California state requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). It prepares students for the challenges of the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory, integrated with Biblical principles throughout the curriculum. Instructors are scholars and practitioners, offering both academic and practical guidance. Built on a cohort model, the program facilitates long-term relationships and supportive growth.

63 UNITS

26 MONTHS

  • Rocklin & San Jose Campuses

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology prepares students having an interest in the mental health professions with a firm foundation of psychological theory, research, spiritual formation, and preparation as practitioners. It prepares students for the challenges of the mental health profession by applying current psychological theory integrated with biblical principles throughout the curriculum. Instructors are scholars and practitioners, offering both academic and practical guidance. Built on a cohort model, the program facilitates long-term relationships, supportive growth, and guided professional development. The M.A. in Counseling Psychology program is carefully designed to meet California state requirements for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Processional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

The MA in Counseling Psychology is a graduate degree that prepares students for counseling of individuals, couples, children, and families; consulting; agency affiliations; church/ministry affiliations; and doctoral preparation. It is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

  • Apply diagnostic assessment and criteria to the prognosis and treatment of mental disorders.
  • Understand and implement ethical decision‐making in the practice of psychotherapy.
  • Apply theoretical concepts to therapeutic issues and developmental challenges in individual, couples, family, and group therapy.
  • Understand the various research methodologies and their applications.
  • Recognize the complexity of cross‐cultural issues and the interventions that address these challenges.
  • Evaluate approaches to the integration of psychology and Christianity and how they impact personal spiritual formation.

WASC has granted final accreditation approval and the program is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is a graduate degree that prepares students for:

  • Counseling: Individuals/Couples/Children/Families
  • Consulting
  • Agency Affiliations
  • Churches/Ministry Affiliations
  • Doctoral Preparation
  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university—Official Transcripts Required
  • GPA: minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Resume
  • Two reference letters from academic or employment sources.
  • Personal Essay of faith development and interest in pursuing Psychology
  • Oral interview if requested

Maximum 2-minute video using the following prompts:
1. Introduce yourself and share your reasons for pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology at WJU.
2. Share something unique about yourself that you believe will be a valuable addition to our program and the field of counseling psychology.

Submit video to: macpapplication@jessup.edu

Prerequisites

  • Biopsychology (must complete with a minimum C)

Jeff Stone, PH.D., ABPP

Chair

FACULTY

Erin Ambrose, Ph.D., LMFT

Associate Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

Gina Mertz, M.A., LMFT

Director & Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

Jeff Stone, Ph.D., ABPP

Chair & Professor - Department of Psychology

Mary Jean Walton, M.A., LMFT

Director & Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology, San Jose

Melanie Trowbridge, M.D.

Associate Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

Richard Mullis, Psy.D., Th.M.

Associate Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

Stephanie Caine, M.Ed., Ph.D., LPCC

Assistant Professor - Department of Psychology, Rocklin

ADJUNCT FACULTY

Allison Harrington, Psy.D.

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Brandi Juarez, M.A., LMFT

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Carla Stone, M.S., LMFT

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Corrine Brodnicki, M.A., LMFT

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Dana Neubauer Yue, Ph.D.

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

David Inniss, MBA, Ed.D

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Doris Shurden Lopez, M.A., LMFT, CCAPP

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Isaac Smith, M.S., LCSW

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Laura Frederick, M.A., LMFT

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Mary Konow, M.S., CCC, GCDF

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

Rochelle Van Driel, M.A., LMFT

Adjunct, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Rocklin

JESSUP NEWS & STORIES

Jessup’s MACP Program is now in San Jose

Mary Jean Walton, LMFT is the Director of Jessup's Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program in San Jose. This is a popular program at our Rocklin campus and we're thrilled it's now offered at our San Jose location as well. The MACP leadership team graciously sat down with…

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