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Attallah College of Educational Studies

» Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

The Attallah College of Educational Studies has two programs that allow students in School Counseling and School Psychology to meet the educational requirements to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC):

  • MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling
  • MA in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling

LPCC license holders can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside the schools in private practice or clinic settings. The license in professional clinical counseling is a master’s level license regulated by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners (BBSE), the same state agency that controls licensing for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.


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+ - Benefits of an LPCC

There are numerous benefits of obtaining an LPCC license:

  • Ability to engage in independent practice
  • Ability to supervise others
  • Advanced counseling skills
  • Schools are shifting to providing mental health services and will likely be looking for licensed people to oversee the work

+ - Course Requirements

For a complete list of the courses you will need to take, when these courses will be offered, and what these courses will entail, download the Attallah College LPCC Course Requirements reference file.

+ - Program Faculty and Staff

Program Director, School Counseling and School Psychology Programs

Program Coordinator, School Counseling and LPCC Programs

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+ - Frequently Asked Questions

What can I do with an LPCC license?

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) license holders can practice counseling and psychotherapy outside of schools in private practice or clinic settings. The license in professional clinical counseling is a master’s level license regulated by the Board of Behavioral Science Examiners (BBSE), the same state agency that controls licensing for Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) and Licensed Clinical Social Workers.  

When are Chapman University classes held?

To accommodate working professionals, Chapman graduate courses are conveniently scheduled in the late afternoon and evenings, between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Where is Chapman University located?

Chapman University is located in the Orange, California. Our beautiful campus is centrally located in Orange County, a short distance from the 5, 55, 22, and 91 freeways.

How many counseling hours are required prior to graduation?

If you began your graduate program at Chapman after August 1, 2012, the requirement is 280 trainee hours. If you began prior to August 1, 2012, you will need to complete 150 trainee hours. These counseling hours are in addition to the hours required for your counseling or school psychology credential.

Can I take the LPCC coursework alone?

No. The additional coursework required to meet the educational requirement for the LPCC is embedded into two Chapman degree programs:

  • MA in Counseling with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling
  • MA in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Professional Clinical Counseling

Why must I be enrolled in CSP 624 (Clinical Practicum) to have my experience approved?

Students are legally defined as “trainees” after completing 12 semester units in the master's program. Chapman does not sanction the acquisition of clinical experience until students have enrolled in CSP 624.

In addition to helping you gain approved supervision hours, the most effective way to carry out the coordination and approval function mandated by state law is to monitor the clinical training experience of our students and to encourage their growth as therapists. The course structure also allows us to collect evaluations from supervisors, students, and practicum instructors that serve as the “regular progress reports” required by law.

As of August 1, 2012, the BBS requires that LPCC students be concurrently enrolled in the supervision course while earning clinical hours.

How many post-graduation hours will I need to accumulate?

3,000 hours

What types of activities count as “counseling” hours?

For a detailed explanation of the counseling hours required and other topics related to the LPCC at Chapman University, download the Attallah College LPCC Track FAQs

How much supervision do I need? Who can provide this supervision?

For a detailed explanation of the LPCC supervision and other topics related to the LPCC at Chapman University, download the Attallah College LPCC Track FAQs.

What exams do I need to pass for LPCC licensure?

Licensure requires the successful passage of two exams:

  • California LPCC Law and Ethics Exam (taken during first year of internship)
  • National Clinical Mental Health Counselor Exam (taken when supervision requirements have been met)

Until exams have been passed, applicants must attempt an exam at least once each year after eligibility.

How do I receive more information?

The Attallah College of Educational Studies offers monthly graduate information sessions. These sessions are great opportunities to obtain further information about the program and meet with the program coordinator.
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+ - Contact Us

For more information about the Attallah College LPCC programs, contact

Dr. Amy Jane Griffiths, Program Coordinator of School Counseling and LPCC Programs
agriffit@chapman.edu
(714) 744-7988

Hilary Leath, Administrative Coordinator
leath@chapman.edu
(714) 744-2142

For more information and application materials related to LPCC licensure, please contact the Board of Behavioral Sciences (www.bbs.ca.gov).

+ - Support

Gifts to the Attallah College of Educational Studies allow us to support the vast array of diverse educational projects including our various literacy programs, scholarships to our deserving students, international travel opportunities for research, and multiple campaigns that promote education and civic engagement throughout our immediate community and the world. 

To find out how you can give to the school and support the work our students are doing, please visit our Support Attallah College page. Every dollar helps!

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Student Spotlight

"Chapman’s School Psychology program sets itself apart from others by providing a supportive cohort model with professors that encourage lifelong learning. Applying this training both in and outside of the classroom has given me the confidence to work collaboratively with school-based teams and advocate for students and their families."

– Kylee Moore '18