California Board of Behavioral Sciences Recognizes Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC); How Does a LPCC Differ from Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)?

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At Eisner Institute for Professional Studies you can study to become a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor(LPCC.) Distinctions are explored.

Now that California has the LPCC licensure track, the question for future psychotherapist is which one should I choose?

There are many similarities but some differences. The first overall step on the road to licensure is a MA degree. The degree can be done at a bricks and mortar school or entirely online. The practicum is done at a field placement. Both degree programs and post degree requirements include supervision. MFT’s and LPCC’s can diagnose and treat persons with emotional and mental disorders. Licensed therapists are MFT’s or LPCC’s and can perform cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy and a multitude of other modalities.

It should be noted that Life Coaches on the other hand who are not otherwise licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) do not receive clinical supervision and are not permitted to conduct psychotherapy.

Many of the classes in both tracks (MFT and LPCC) are essentially the same. A difference is that the LPCC track requires Career Development and Crisis/Trauma Counseling, whereas the MFT track does not.

Once of the questions that is often raised is: what is the difference in the scope of practice, if any between the two professions. A therapist in California who is a LPCC may have a broader range in terms of the clients they treat. There is no delimitation as to whether the clients are married, have children or in a family setting. For therapists who want to specifically focus on marriage and family issues, then the MFT may be appropriate.

Eisner Institute for Professional offers the MFT and LPCC Board of Behavioral Sciences approved licensure tracks. The program are 100% online.

For further information:

Donald A. Eisner, Ph.D. J.D., Dean
Eisner Institute for Professional Studies
(818) 380-0185

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