Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy
The Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy offers graduate programs designed to prepare caring, ethical, and cross-culturally competent professionals in the fields of counseling and marital and family therapy.
- MA in Marital and Family Therapy
- MA in Counseling with School Counseling Specialization
- MA in Counseling with Clinical Mental Health Counseling Specialization
According to the State of California’s Employment Development Department, for the period between 2010 and 2020 there will be a 20.7% increase in the demand for Mental Health Counselors in the State of California and a 27% increase in the demand for Mental Health Counselors in San Diego County. Similarly, for the period between 2012 and 2022 there will be a 12.2% increase in the demand for School Counselors in the State of California and a 14% increase in the demand for School Counselors in San Diego County.
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) TeamUP Project at University of San Diego
The Department of Counseling & Marital and Family Therapy (CMFT), in collaboration with the Hahn School of Nursing, was awarded a HRSA grant, aimed to increase the number of behavioral health providers equipped to provide effective care to communities in need. The grant allows the Counseling and MFT programs to improve and expand innovative interprofessional training to meet the growing needs of vulnerable, rural, and underserved populations in Southern California, with a particular focus on Latino families. The project emphasizes training in multicultural/linguistic competence, integrated behavioral health, and evidence-based practice. We are the only Counseling and MFT program to receive this award within the state of California.
All CMFT students have access to: Professional development opportunities (e.g. conference travel support, USD training series, Spanish language training), innovative specialty training (case simulation and integration of technologies), and a digital clinical resource library. A subset of 20 CMFT students per year receive a $10,000 stipend allocated during students’ clinical practicum/fieldwork year.