College of Behavioral and Social Sciences honors collaborative agencies

Published Feb 16, 2018

Riverside – The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California Baptist University honored more than 40 agencies—ranging from school districts to nonprofits organizations— at its annual Counseling Psychology Practicum Luncheon on Feb. 16.

“Our program is very successful and has a large presence in the community, but the bottom line is we couldn’t do the work that we do without you,” Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, told agency representatives.

Students enrolled in the counseling psychology program are required to obtain 400 practicum hours.

Gustafson said more than a hundred sites in the Southern California region offer opportunities for CBU students to earn practicum hours in addition to receiving supervision and training.

Matt Anderson, a counseling therapist supervisor from Val Verde Unified School District in Perris, California, said CBU students have a solid reputation in the community.

“We like to recruit from CBU to get the [Val Verde] kids the services that they need,” Anderson said. “The CBU students are teachable and ready to take on whatever we give them.”

Mischa Routon, associate professor of psychology, said the luncheon also provided CBU students an opportunity to network.

“The event is an introduction for students and exposes them to the professional world of counseling psychology,” Routon said.

The counseling psychology graduate program at CBU is in its 35th year.