San Jose Counseling Department
If you are reading this, you most likely are interested in becoming a licensed counselor with a biblical and theological foundation. How exciting!
The Master of Arts in Marital and Family Therapy at Western Seminary San Jose campus is a professional graduate degree that prepares Christian counselors to bring concern and care for the whole person through practice in church, non-profit, clinical, or school settings. The program includes skill-based coursework, practicum experiences, as well as a requirement to complete your own personal therapy. While the curriculum satisfies Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) requirements in the State of California, it is also designed to allow graduates the flexibility to obtain licensure as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
Our classes are designed to help you integrate Christian Scripture and worldview with the latest psychological principals and techniques. We provide a Gospel-centered version of traditional counseling that trains students to help counselees explore areas of personal hurt and struggle so that the transformational love of Christ can shine through to every area of their life.
We value an environment of spiritual and personal encouragement, which is supported by small class size, small group interaction, Christian professors, personal therapy, and practical hands-on practice in a practicum setting.
For further information on our program, check out the links below and stop by and visit our campus.
Judith Needham-Penrose, Ph.D., LMFT
MFT Program Director
- M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy Program Description
- Addiction Studies Certificate Program Description
- How to Apply
- Readiness Exam — Applicants without adequate psychology in their undergraduate program (major or minor) must pass the Readiness Exam.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- MFT Program Checklist
- MFT Sequence Chart
- CPCE - Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (Required for Graduation)
- MFT Practicum
- CAMFT – California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
- AACC – American Association of Christian Counselors
- CAPS – Christian Association for Psychological Studies
- BBS FAQ Page