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Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Courses

Why take these courses?
It’s time to wrap up requirements and move ahead on becoming a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC). These courses are some of the clinical coursework necessary to obtain an LPCC license and are offered in a format geared toward the working professional. The majority of classes are offered online; others are scheduled for weekends and in hybrid format (a combination of online and on-site.) Coursework can usually be completed within 4-7 weeks. In January 2010, California became the 50th state in the U.S. to offer a professional counselor license. The new LPCC law licenses clinical counselors with requirements on par with California MFTs, LCSWs and LPCs, along with those of the other 49 states. Licensing requires a master’s degree in counseling (or in the field of psychotherapy), clinical coursework, experience and examination. Complete information regarding licensure requirements can be found at

How you’ll benefit
The clinical coursework is offered by the Sacramento State counselor education department, in collaboration with the university’s College of Continuing Education. Classes are taught by experienced Sacramento State instructors, adding an important depth to the coursework, and allowing you to earn graduate level and continuing education credit from a reputable university. Scroll down to read instructor bios.

Are these the right courses for you?
Counselors with a master's degree, regardless of specialization, are eligible to enroll in these courses.

Online Course
In order to effectively participate online, access to a newer-model computer with cable, DSL or local area network high-speed Internet connection is required. To participate and complete assignments, access to Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint is required, along with a newer Web browser (Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, Mozilla Firefox 1.2 or higher) and Acrobat Reader. To view videos, participants need access to Real Player (free download at and the most recent version of Flash Player (free download at

How to reach us
For more information please contact program coordinator Liz Arellanes at (916) 278- 6249 or To register please call (916) 278-6984.

Instructor biographies

Louis Downs, Ph.D., associate professor, counselor education, Sacramento State.
After more than 17 years as a counselor and clinical administrator, Louis Downs returned to school and earned a Ph.D. in counseling. He is presently an associate professor of counseling at Sacramento State. Dr. Downs received a Fulbright Fellowship to consult and train counselors and counselor educators in Malaysia in 2007. He has since spent time in Sichuan Province, China teaching and clinically supervising counselors working with survivors of the May 2008 earthquake. He presented workshops across Malaysia in January 2009. Dr. Downs has also been a consultant to the Qing-jian Counseling Center in Shanghai, China for two years and is presently the clinical advisor to the Turning Point Integrated Wellness Center in Puchong, Malaysia, and Project 512 in Deyang, China. His research interests have been ethics of counseling, clinical supervision and mentoring, and trauma counseling.

A. Jonathan Porteus, Ph.D., NCAC1, director of clinical services for The Effort, Inc.,
Dr. Porteus received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Adelphi University in New York. He is a psychologist, registered addictions specialist and nationally certified addictions counselor I. Dr. Porteus currently serves as faculty for the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training for the Department of Justice for the state of California. He is also a previous tenured associate professor in the department of counselor education at Sacramento State.

Graduate Credit Courses
To register for graduate level academic courses please call (916) 278-6984

EDC 254: Counseling and Psychotropic Medicine
An introduction to the development of prescribed psychoactive medication. Explores the psychodynamics and systems dynamics of psychotropic treatment, systems' attitudes toward pharmacotherapy, medication treatment for common clinical syndromes, psychotropic drug interactions, psychological effects of prescribed medication and differentiating psychotropic side effects from psychiatric symptoms. Collaboration among professionals from different disciplines and the specific role of counselors in pharmacologic treatment will also be addressed. Meets the BBS licensure requirements for marriage and family therapists.
3 units – Meets online via SacCT
Instructor: A. Jonathan Porteus, Ph.D., NCAC1, director of clinical services, The Effort, Inc.
Schedule: August 30, 2011 - Oct. 11, 2011 Online

EDC 231: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
Offers advanced discussion of psychopathology with emphasis on differential diagnosis, use of DSM IV and development of treatment plans. Use of mental status exam and structured interview schedules are also examined. Major diagnostic categories covered include schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders and personality disorders. Completion of case reports and understanding of clinical materials using diagnosis and treatment plans will be emphasized from a diversity perspective. Lecture, three hours. Note: May substitute PSYC 268 with consent of faculty advisor prior to registration.
3 units – Meets online via SacCT
Instructor: Louis Downs, Ph.D., associate professor, counselor education, Sacramento State
Schedule: Oct. 13, 2011 - Dec. 1, 2011 Mandatory Online Sessions: October 13 & 20 (6-8p.m.), November 3 & 17 (6-8p.m.), and December 1 (6-8p.m.) Online - Students will need a microphone and webcam for EDC 231