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Program Description

In Fall 2014, the one-year CBB Program became a two-year program that will prepare students to become Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). CBB is a 60-Unit intensive counselor preparation program.  The two-year block program meets all of the requirements for the 60-unit MASTER OF COUNSELING, plus up to 15 additional units for the multicultural community counseling specialization, and fulfills the California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ requirements for Professional Clinical Counselor Licensure. 

The 60-unit M.S. in Counseling

The 60-unit M.S. degree is designed to provide the student with the education and experience necessary to prepare for LPCC licensure examinations, doctoral studies, or other advanced graduate studies.  It is also intended for persons who want to increase their understanding of human behavior and their interpersonal skills.  This degree will also qualify graduates for student services positions in community colleges and universities. 15 additional units are required for the multicultural community counseling specialization.

Why "Community-Based?"

The program is called “community-based” because it has always been held off campus, in the heart of two of San Diego's multiethnic neighborhoods and because it creates a learning community in which a team of faculty and a carefully selected group of students “partner” in the learning process, each cohort of students helping to structure its learning experience. It is a “block” program because all classes are required of all students, who stay together as a group (or “block) for the entire year.

Multicultural Counseling Skills

The Community-Based Block program seeks to develop the counseling skills of relationship building, process and therapeutic intervention; the academic skills of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, program evaluation and effective written and oral communication; and the personal growth experiences necessary to enable graduates to use their skills for the benefit of clients. The CBB program also seeks to adapt counseling skills to the needs of different populations so as to train truly competent multicultural counselors. The students are able to gain a unique experience of becoming counselors through live supervision at the Center for Community Counseling in City Heights, one of the most diverse communities in San Diego. The responsibility students assume for their own education helps them develop the proficiencies they will need to become effective change agents in schools, colleges and/or social service agencies.

Democratic Learning Community

The CBB program is designed to enable each student to participate in the building of a learning community to which each member contributes according to her/his unique personal and cultural history. Program objectives include:

  • To help meet the counseling needs of the growing populations of diverse groups by training students from these populations.
  • To develop a baseline of cross-cultural knowledge, awareness and advocacy for each student in the program.
  • To develop counseling interventions and methodologies which are culture/life orientation appropriate for the needs of the various underrepresented populations needing to be served.
  • To develop critical analyses for existing counseling theories as they apply to non-mainstream populations.
  • To help place each participant into a field setting which will enhance her/his development as well as use the unique skills the participant already possesses.