Current Students

Academic Calendar
The student academic calendars are maintained by CSUN and published at http://www.csun.edu/admissions-records/calendars

Advising

All formal advising occurs during advising meetings on the first or second Friday of each semester. Advising is done by cohort. Students are strongly encouraged to regularly attend these meetings. Students are responsible for information presented at the meetings.

If you need additional advising, you should contact the following:

For curriculum and course sequencing and related questions:
Program Curriculum Coordinator
Diane R. Gehart, Ph.D.
email: dgehart@csun.edu

For questions related to admissions, BBS Intern number, or student affairs issues:
Program Student Coordinator:
Dr. Stan Charnofsky, Ed.D. email: stan.charnofsky@csun.edu

For questions related to locating a field placement:
Fieldwork Coordinator:
Dana Stone, Ph.D.
email: dana.stone@csun.edu

Course Sequencing
Students are required to take courses with their cohort and must obtain approval from the Program Coordinator for exceptions. The list of course sequencing for each cohort is listed on the Course Sequencing Page.

Culminating Experience
Students are required to complete a set of comprehensive exam papers, a master's project, or master's thesis as part of the program. Detailed information can be found on the culminating experience page.

Fieldwork
Students are required to interview for and acquire an approved fieldwork placement. A list of approved sites and instructions for doing so are on this webpage.

Personal Psychotherapy
All students are required to complete a minimum of 10 hours of personal psychotherapy as part of their EPC 659 A and B classes. These hours may count toward your licensing requirements in California.

These hours should be documented on FORM 2: Personal Counseling Verification http://www.csun.edu/edpsy/MFTHAND/2006/2006FORM%202-Personal%20Counseling-PDF.pdf

How to Find a Low Fee Therapist:

  • Private health insurance: If you have health insurance, you may use their providers to gain your hours.
  • Community Mental Health Clinics: Some clinics have licensed therapists and offer services at a reduced cost. Contact your local united way to identify reduced fee counseling clinics (www.unitedway.org).
  • Weblistings: www.therapistlocator.net or www.camft.org have listings of marriage and family therapists in the area.
  • Former CSU students: Several former CSUN alumni offer our students a significantly reduced fee (average $40).

Julie Berry MS LMFT (CSUN Graduate) 
Located in Encino on Ventura Blvd.  
www.valleycounseling.org  
(818) 995 0368    

Nina Darrington, MFT (CSUN Graduate)
Located in Ventura
(805) 644-4931

Bess Hobson, MFT (CSUN Graduate)
Located in Calabasas
(818) 585-5708

Thasja Hoffmann LMFT (CSUN Graduate)
Located in West LA
(310) 591 0795

Ken Kaufman, MFT (CSUN Graduate)
Located in Canoga Park
(818) 347-7007
(818) 704-8541

Michael Moore, MFT (CSUN Graduate)
Located in Encino
(818) 773-1290

Karina Sergi, LMFT
Located in Northridge

(818) 271-7180

Lauri Wagner, MFT (CSUN Graduate)
Located in Encino
(818) 398-0610

Suzie Winnick, MFT (CSUN Graduate)
Located in Granada Hills
(818) 422-7409

Registering for Classes
The following link offers some tips for using the university course registration system. http://www.csun.edu/admissions-records/how-to-register
 
Professional Liability Insurance
Before you begin fieldwork you must purchase professional liability insurance. For a list of organizations that offer professional liability insurance to students, see Professional Organizations in the Appendices section of this handbook.

Professional Membership
Students join at least one professional organization and participate in the membership benefits.

AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy -http://www.aamft.org
CAMFT: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists -http://www.camft.org

Professional Workshops
During each semester of 659 A, B, P and Q, all students will be required to participate in a 4-hour professional workshop. The workshop must be taken in a face-to-face setting (online does not count). Students may attend any professional workshop offering Continuing Education Units for MFTs. When students have a BBS supervisor signing off their hours, these hours may count towards licensure.

Students have many options for completing workshops, including:

CSUN Extension Program

OR

Alliant University Extension
Phillips Graduate Institute Extension
UCLA Extension Program

Student Governance
Students participate in the governance of the program in primarily two ways: a) open dialogue or “town hall” meetings with faculty at each cohort advising session, and b) by providing confidential feedback each semester on the program evaluation surveys.

Out-of-Class Requirements
Here is a list of activities beyond class hours required as part of the program

First year
  • 10 hours personal psychotherapy
  • 1 workshop each semester (2 total)
  • Video-recording with small group
  • Group presentations
  • Visit to community mental health sites
  • Find fieldsite for second year

Second year
  • 15-25 hours at fieldsite
  • 1 workshop each semester (2 total)
  • Group presentations
  • Fieldsite visit with instructor
  • Meetings with comps/project/thesis chair

Third Year
  • 15-25 hours at fieldsite (most)
  • Meetings with comps/project/thesis chair

Common Expenses Beyond Tuition
  • Books ($500+ per semester)
  • 10 personal psychotherapy sessions ($400+)
  • 4 Workshops ($65+ each)
  • Professional liability insurance and professional organization membership: ($75+ per year)
  • Internship Fees: Some internships charge a monthly fee for training $75+
  • Graduation fee: $47