Life Pacific College: Established in 1923

Human Development and Psychology

The Human Development & Psychology program provides the advantage of a multidisciplinary perspective of human behavior and development with biblical integration. Graduates are not just Christian counselors or Christian social workers but rather those who see the helping professions as their field for ministry. In addition to the required human development courses, all graduates will receive a foundation (30 units) in Bible and theology.

This program of study is intended for students planning to pursue a career in the helping professions. Those considering careers in education may also find this a good foundation for continuing on to certification.

Program Chair

Dr. Gayle M. Samples is the co-founder, Executive Director, and Lead Clinical Supervisor of Emmaus Road Christian Counseling – a counseling center located on the Life Pacific College campus. Gayle is an alumnus of Life Bible College and graduated in 2000 from Trinity College of Graduate Studies with a master’s degree in counseling psychology. She became a California state-licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in 2004 and graduated with her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in 2009. Gayle is also a CAMFT Certified Supervisor and enjoys inspiring students at Life Pacific College toward careers and ministry in the helping profession.

Graduate Opportunities

Career Opportunities

  • Counseling and Psychology Professions
  • Social Work
  • Education
  • Family Ministry
  • Social Justice
  • Child Welfare
  • Research

Graduate Schools Who Have Accepted LPC Students (not a comprehensive list)

  • Fuller Theological Seminary
  • University of Chicago Law School
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • California Baptist University
  • Regent University
  • Biola University
  • George Fox University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Oxford
  • Trinity Law School
  • UCLA
  • Gordon-Conwell
  • Wheaton
  • Talbot School of Theology

Relevant Coursework

In the Human Development & Psychology degree at LPC, you’ll find high-quality courses that prepare you for your future plans and goals within your field. Check out just a few of the courses you’ll have the opportunity to enroll in during your time here:

  • Introduction to the Helping Professions
  • Counseling + Advanced Counseling
  • Human Development
  • Child Welfare
  • Community Development
  • Human Sexuality
Program Fact Sheet

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