Teaching Interests
Research Interests
Educational Background

Charter College of Education

Michael J. Carter
Associate Professor

Office: King Hall C-1067
Phone: (323)343-4438
FAX: (323)343-4252


Dr. Carter has been at CSULA since 1990 and has served as Coordinator of the School Based Family Counseling Program (MFCC-PPS) graduate program since 1991. In addition, he is primarily responsible for teaching the Family Counseling Clinical Courses (COUN 520, 521,523 and 589) and serves as the Director of CSULA's Counseling and Assessment Clinic. Dr. Carter received his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at UCLA, has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 1984 and is a Credentialed School Psychologist and School Counselor. His research interests are in the area of School-Based Family Counseling and has published five articles in this area. He has served as the Chair of the CCOE School as A Whole (SAW) three times and is on the Board of Directors of Centros de Ninos y Padres. He is a lucky husband and fortunate father of three children. He also loves to play basketball.


Dr. Carter is primarily interested in developing the field of school-based family counseling which focuses on preparing counselors to work with families and children in public agency settings such as schools and clinics. This approach addresses the fact that families can be the greatest positive influence on the academic and social development of children. The view is that this influence is maximized by actively involving parents in collaborating with teachers in the schools.


Dr. Carter's research interests are in School Based Family Counseling, children diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and mood disorders, and Early Childhood Education

Representative Professional Activities



2004(in press) Carter, M. J. & Evans, W.P. (2004) A Procedural Model for Assessment and Treatment within School-Based Family Counseling. In Press.
2002 Carter, M. J. & Evans, W.P. (2002) The SBFC Classroom Checklist Procedure. In R. E. Watts (Ed.) Techniques in Marriage Counseling, Volume 2, Pgs 117-123.
2002 "Using bedtime stories as a gateway to peaceful nighttime routines with children." Workshop presented at The Institute for Education of Young Childrenšs annual Conference for Early childhood Educators, February 6, 2002.
2000 "School-Based Counseling, Work Ability, and Rehabilitation". Presented on March 18, 2000 at the California Association of Counseling and Development's Annual International Convention in Sacramento, California. Co-presenters included Martin Brodwin and Leo Orange.
1997 "Urban School-Based Family Counseling: Role Definition, practice applications and training implications." (1997). Evans, W. & Carter, M. J. Journal of Counseling and Development 75, 5, pgs. 366-374.
1995 "School-Based Family Counseling: Helping Teachers Improve Student Success in the Urban Classroom." (1995). Carter, M. J. & Evans, W. National Forum of Teacher Education Journal, 5, ( 2), pgs. 3-11.


Ph.D. Educational Psychology 1993
UCLA, Los Angeles

M.A. Educational Psychology 1982
California State University, Northridge, Northridge

M.A. Early Childhood Education 1982
California State University, Northridge, Northridge

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