Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Quick Facts

  • Online
  • Low-Residency

3 years

Average Time To Complete

90 Units

Total Number of Units


Enrollment Term

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) degree program at Sofia University provides formal training in the science and practice of family systems therapy and clinical counseling. In addition to a broad and rigorous preparation in counseling psychology, the program provides training in theory and treatment inspired by both secular and spiritual concepts and interventions. Mindfulness and expressive arts, in both clinician self-care and treatment interventions, are integrated throughout the curriculum.
Students who graduate from the MACP program complete the academic preparation required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for the Marriage and Family Therapy or Professional Clinical Counselor licenses. In addition, they complete a minimum of one year of supervised practice providing therapy to clients and are prepared to register as either Marriage and Family Therapy or Professional Clinical Counselor interns in the state of California.
The program also supports students in completing the requirements that students identify to register for post-degree clinical training in other jurisdictions.

Program Highlights

  • Four quarters of clinical experience before graduation
  • Experiential transpersonal skill-building labs
  • Optional specialization in creative expression
  • Education shaped through a collaborative cohort experience
  • Focus on individual, child, couple and family therapy
  • Professional preparation for both public and private practice
  • The powerful and ancient martial art of aikido helps students embody the stance of a therapist somatically

Program Features

Degree Flexibility

The MACP curriculum is designed to meet the California Board of Behavioral Sciences educational and pre-degree clinical training requirements for both Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). In the second year, you will have the option to choose either or both licensure track, LMFT or LPCC.

Actively Practicing Faculty

Mentorship is an important teaching tool that helps you flourish academically, personally and professionally. Classes are taught by experienced scholars and clinicians who have integrated psychological and spiritual principles into their counseling practices. Small class size encourages dynamic exchange between students and faculty.

Transpersonal Skills Labs

The MACP program features Transpersonal Skills Labs that combine theory, practice, and group formation with deep personal growth and development. These unique learning labs provide practical application and integration.

The Transpersonal Mosaic

A particularly dynamic component of the program is the Transpersonal Mosaic – an immersion into spiritual practices and innovative transpersonal theories and tools. Coursework includes various styles of meditation, principles of Aikido, theories of transpersonal psychology, and diverse modalities for creative expression.

The Practicum Year

This year allows you to practice learned theories and techniques and hone your counseling skills with a full year of clinical work in an agency setting. The practicum includes both face-to-face client hours (LMFT minimum of 225, LPCC minimum of 280) and on-site supervision. Additionally, a clinical faculty member will mentor you in a seminar-style class where you will learn to present case histories in accord with professional standards.

Program Learning Outcomes

Transformation: To increase student self-awareness and the opportunities for transformative experiences as an integral part of the educational process.

Integration: To provide knowledge and understanding of transpersonal psychology in the context of the broader field of psychology.

Application: To provide training in counseling and family systems therapy for those who wish to meet the California state educational requirements for the LMFT or LPCC license.

“This place is really special and unique and has a strong community, a strong spirit, and that there is so much creative energy here that I have never found in a school before. And I knew immediately that this is where I was supposed to be in order to do what I consider my life’s work.”

Danielle Morabito, M.A./ MACP Alumna Class 16′



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