From its inception, Rosemead School of Psychology provided professional psychological services to diverse populations in its surrounding Los Angeles community and churches through an on-site, practicum-level training clinic. Rosemead’s doctoral students received supervised clinical experience in long-term, psychodynamic psychotherapy from an integrative Christian perspective at this clinic.
When Rosemead merged with Biola University in 1977, Rosemead’s training clinic became the Biola Counseling Center (BCC) where its doctoral students continue to train for clinical practice from a Christian worldview. Since 1998, the BCC has been located on the second floor of the Biola Professional Building, which is a few blocks from the edge of campus. Today, the BCC serves the mental health needs of Biola University, the church and the broader community through provision of ongoing academic and clinical training, psychological services and campus/community outreach.
Building on the center’s 45-year legacy of providing clinical training at the practicum level, Biola Counseling Center initiated plans to expand into doctoral internship training in 2012. Launched in August 2014, the Biola Counseling Center Doctoral Internship was approved for APPIC Membership in October 2014 (member #2263), and submitted its APA Self-Study in May 2015. APA conducted a site visit at BCC in Fall 2015, and granted the Internship initial Accreditation on Contingency in November 2015. The BCC Doctoral Internship in Health Service Psychology was awarded Full Accreditation by APA's Commission on Accreditation in July 2018.