The Clinical Mediation program is designed to provide professional training in the mediation process involving courts, families, and work environments. This training leads toward becoming a practitioner member in the Association for Conflict Resolution. This program is especially designed for counselors, marital and family therapists, psychologists, social workers, attorneys, human resource administrators, pastors, and others whose professional responsibilities include the mediation process. Family systems theory is central to the training in clinical mediation. The academic and clinical requirements for the certificate include 27 quarter units and 150 hours of supervised clinical experience.
Applicants must meet the School of Behavioral Health admission requirements outlined in the University Catalog and give evidence of academic ability, emotional stability, and maturity. The clinical mediation certificate can be a track in the MS, DMFT, or PhD degree programs in marital and family therapy; or an independent certificate. The following are admission requirements:
- A bachelor's (BA/BS) from an accredited university.
- Minimum GPA of 3.0 in undergraduate degree.
- Formal interview with department faculty.
- Three letters of recommendation (two letters if already admitted into the department).
- The applicant must meet the requirements for admission for their respective degrees in order to pursue the track in clinical mediation.
- Those for which English is not their first language must present a minimum score of 213 for the computer test and 550 for the pencil test on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
- A background check (required before matriculation to the program).
The objectives of the Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program certificate are to:
- Prepare master's degree and doctoral-level professionals to effectively counsel substance abusing and addicted adults and their families.
- Offer curriculum and experience for master's and doctoral level professionals that meet the requirements for certification by national certification organizations.
- Integrate certificate requirements into the existing MFAM curriculum.
- Allow hours of experience to be accrued concurrently to meet BBS, AAMFT, and other certifying organization requirements.
Applicants must meet the School of Behavioral Health admission requirements outlined in the University Catalog and give evidence of academic ability, professional comportment and mature judgment. As with all certificates, applicants must first reapply to the University according to the established process. The certificate program is open to currently enrolled CFS students or other master's degree level students or graduates. Students in the MFAM program must first complete the current core MFAM curriculum. Candidates will be screened for appropriateness to complete the certificate program and for ability to work with addicted adults and their families. Additional admission requirements include:
- An application stating how the applicant will integrate the substance-abuse certificate into work as a marriage and family therapist or other clinical professional, and how the applicant will contribute to their profession and the addiction-treatment field by completing the certificate.
- Two letters of reference are required.
- An interview by the coordinator is required.
- The critical-essay test (if not already taken) administered by LLU is required.
- And a writing course is required if the student does not pass the essay examination.
The School Counseling Certificate program is designed to meet standards for the California Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Counseling and is accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. The PPS requirements are embedded for students enrolled in the Counseling MS program. Students also have the option of obtaining the certificate in conjunction with the Marital and Family Therapy degree. This requires the completion of an additional 27 academic units and 8 additional units of field experience. Professional school counseling has broadened in California recently to include more licensed mental health counselors such as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCCs) and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFTs) providing therapy to children and adolescents in school environments.
The School Counseling Certificate is open only to currently enrolled CFS students in good standing or recent CFS graduates whose degree requirements were congruent with current state standards for school counseling. As with all certificates, applicants must first apply to the university and meet the School of Behavioral Health admissions requirements. Additional admission requirements for candidates currently enrolled in the department are listed below.
- An application stating the reasons and goals for pursuing professional school counseling.
- Two letters of recommendation, which may be submitted by current CFS faculty or supervisors.
- An interview with a faculty member.
- Background check (clearance) by the DOJ and FBI prior to field placement.
Certificate Completion Requirements
Requirements for the certificate are delineated in the University Catalog and include successful completion of the following:
- Academic coursework and field seminars related to professional school counseling.
- Field experience in public education at two different school grade levels.
- California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) to be taken before or during the program.