The programs at Pleasant Hill and San Jose emphasize community service as well as hands-on training. In most instances, students will complete their first field placement at one of JFK University's Community Counseling Centers, located in Concord and Sunnyvale or at a selected school site in the Community Counseling Centers; School Based Program. The second placement may be in an advanced program at one of the Community Counseling Centers, in the School Based Program, or at an approved external site (e.g., community mental health program, residential treatment program, behavioral health care center, etc.).
The field placement component of the Berkeley cohort program will emphasize our overall community service orientation as well as in-vivo training, giving students direct contact with their own counseling clients. Field placements will be made at captive external field placement sites that are geographically convenient to each student. While at their field placements, students will receive both individual and group supervision from licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT), Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW) and Licensed Psychologists (Ph.D.). As with our Pleasant Hill and San Jose programs, this fieldwork will help Berkeley cohort students amass significantly more hours toward licensure than many other MA Counseling Psychology programs in Northern California.
In addition as part of our commitment to helping students, graduates and alumni meet practicum hours and continuing education requirements for licensure, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers an ongoing Didactic Training Series that covers specialized topics in the field of psychology. Lectures are also open to community members and MFTs and LCSWs in private practice.