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CMHC Program Data & Evaluation

Program Data

2021-2022 Acadmic Year

Number of Applications Received 192
Number of Applicants Offered Admission 35
Number of Students Who Enrolled 24
Number of Students Who Graduated 11
Percent of Classes Taught by Core Faculty 76%
Percent of Classes Taught by Adjunct Faculty 24%


The most recent data from the California Board of Behavioral Sciences “Exam Results by School” indicate the following exam rates for Sonoma State University graduates for January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019: 

Exam Percentage Passed
LMFT Clinical Exam 88%
LMFT Law & Ethics Exam 100%
LPCC Clinical Exam 100%
LPCC Law & Ethics Exam 100%


Additionally, 89% of graduates who responded to our 2021 Alumni Survey (n=47) are licensed or working toward clinical licensure as associate marriage and family therapists (AMFT) and/or associate professional clinical counselors (APCC). Of those who are not licensed or working toward licensure, all of them reported it is by choice that they are not licensed/working toward licensure.

Employment in the Field

94% of graduates who responded to our 2021 Alumni Survey (n = 47) have been employed in the counseling field since graduation. Of those who have not been employed in the field, all reported that it is by choice that they have not been in the counseling profession.

Preparedness for Clinical Work 

Alumni Survey Data

In our 2021 Alumni Survey, we asked graduates how prepared they were in their knowledge, awareness, and clinical skills related to each of the thirteen Clinical Mental Health program objectives. The following represent the percentage of respondents who believed they were “Extremely or Very Well Prepared” or “Adequately Prepared.”

Objectives Extremely /
Very Prepared
Adequately Prepared
1. Establish a professional identity as a mental health counselor who utilize the human relationship in an effort to heal, empower and promote the well-being and development of others. 70% 20%
2. Acquire knowledge and demonstrate ethical and legal behaviors consistent w/ the counseling profession. 81% 17%
3. Gain knowledge of the developmental, interpersonal, intrapersonal, and systemic theories of human behavior and clinical intervention. 50% 37%
4. Gain foundational knowledge of psychopharmacology and the neurobiological foundations of human behavior. 43% 40%
5. Gain foundational knowledge of theories of substance use and co-occurring disorders and culturally-appropriate, evidence-based interventions. 34% 43%
6. Develop a socially engaged and multiculturally competent orientation in working with diverse individuals, couples, and families. 38% 32%
7. Demonstrate effective clinical skills in individual, couple, family, and group counseling for clients across the lifespan. 44% 38%
8. Demonstrate knowledge of career counseling, career development, and the role of work across the lifespan. 30% 40%
9. Develop the ability to understand and make good use of supervision and consultation feedback to support clinical outcomes and reflective professional practice.  30% 40%
10. Gain the ability to critically consume and make use of research relevant to their clinical practice, including counseling outcome and process research and program evaluation. 38% 51%
11. Acquire knowledge in psychopathology and diagnostic classifications. 60% 32%
12. Develop knowledge of culturally-appropriate methods of formal and informal assessment and their use in clinical practice. 38% 32%
13. Develop the ability to utilize counseling knowledge, attitudes, and skills to become socially-engaged mental health professionals who serve the community in clinical, administrative, advocacy, and leadership roles. 53% 34%

Alumni were also asked how well-prepared they were for clinical practice when it came to their personal and professional development, academic knowledge, and clinical skills. The following represent the percentage of respondents who believed they were “Extremely or Very Well Prepared” or “Adequately Prepared.”

Program Domain Extremely/Very Well Prepared

Adequately Prepared

Personal/Professional Development 68% 17%
Academic Knowledge 74% 21%
Clinical Skills 74% 23%


Fieldwork Site Supervisor Survey Data

Additionally, in our 2021 Fieldwork Placement Site Supervisor Survey (n = 6), 100% of site supervisors who took the survey responded that Sonoma State University students and graduates are “Extremely/Very Prepared” or “Adequately Prepared” in their knowledge, awareness, and clinical skills related to each of the above program objectives.