Resources for Success

Practicum A and B (First Year)

1st year requirements include:

• 10 hours personal psychotherapy
• 1 four-hour workshop each semester (2 total in first year; 4 total over program)
• Video-recording with small group
• Group presentations
• Visit to community mental health sites
• Find field site for second year
Practicum A/B Forms Needed
Personal Therapy
Students are required to complete ten (10) hours of your own personal therapy by a licensed clinician during the first year in the program as part of the requirements for Practicum A/B.
These hours should be documented on FORM 2: Personal Counseling Verification (see link above)

Low Fee Therapists
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 (
  • Weblistings: or 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).

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

Surrah De Olmeida MFT (Dominguez Hills Graduate)
Located in Burbank
(323) 876-3333

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

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

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

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

Professional Workshops
  • MFT students must attend four (4) professional workshops.
  • While enrolled in Practicum A, B, P and Q students are required to attend four (4) professional workshops – one (1) workshop each semester.
CSUN has a workshop program designed to meet student needs. Workshop information is emailed to students each semester. In addition, several professional organizations provide continuing education programs that can be used to meet CSUN’s requirements:

AAMFT (Recommend becoming a student member)
CAMFT (Recommend becoming a student member for local chapter)
Alliant International University
Phillips Graduate Institute
Professional Organizations
AAMFT: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

What are they? A national professional organization for marriage and family therapists.
What do they do? Facilitate research, theory development, and education; develop standards for graduate education and training, clinical supervision, professional ethics and the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy; provide continuing education and local networking opportunities.
• Student membership rates.
• Legal consultation.
• Local networking networks for finding internships and jobs.
• Provides registered AAMFT students with free professional liability protection while performing therapeutic services through CPH and Associates ( For more information on the student liability insurance visit
• Professional Journal: Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT).
• Professional magazine: Family Therapy Magazine.
• Continuing Education.

CAMFT: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

What are they? A free-standing organization that claims a membership of about 29,000 combined licensed and pre-licensed MFTs and promotes practice interests for MFTs in the state.

• Student membership rates.
• Legal consultation.
• Professional Magazine, The Therapist.
• Opportunity to purchase professional liability insurance through CPH and Associates at a competitive member rate.
• Continuing Education.
• Scholarships.

BBS: Board of Behavioral Sciences

What do they do? The Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) is charged by the Department of Consumer Affairs to protect the consumer by carrying out the statutes and regulations which assure minimum standards for education and training as well as ethical practice by the professionals under its jurisdiction. In other words, they license MFTs in California. You will have a close and intimate relationship with them while a trainee and intern seeking licensure.

Highlight of BBS Requirements for Trainees
• A trainee as defined by the BBS is a person enrolled in an MFT graduate program who has completed 12 semester credits toward the MFT degree.
• Trainees must receive weekly supervision by a clinician who has been licensed for at least two years and has completed BBS-approved supervision training, or a licensed psychologist or a psychiatrist.
o Students must receive one (1) hour of individual supervision or two (2) hours of group supervision for every five (5) counseling hours with clients.
o Supervision may be one-on-one (individual) or in a group setting. Supervision groups may contain a maximum of eight (8) trainees.
• Hours must be logged by the trainee and signed by site supervisor weekly.
• Up to 750 hours of pre-degree experience may be counted toward the 3000 licensure hours.

Free Resources:
• All forms necessary for pursuing licensure as an MFT, including BBS hour logs, supervisor agreement form, and experience verification. Download them!
• Handbook for trainees and interns.
• Handbooks on licensing exams

ACA: American Counseling Association

What are they? ACA is dedicated to the growth and development of the counseling profession and those who are served.
• Student membership rates.
• Ethic consultation.
• Provides members competitive rates for professional liability insurance.
• Monthly periodical: Counseling Today.
• Quarterly journal of counseling research: Journal of Counseling & Development.
• Continuing Education.