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Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program

Hours: Monday through Friday 8 AM - 5 PM
Location: SSC-110
Phone: (562) 985-4430
Fax: (562) 985-4529

About the Program

The Stephen Benson Program for Students with Learning Disabilities (SBP) was created to serve the needs of CSULB students who have a diagnosed learning disability. The program was established in 1980 and continues to be one of the most recognized postsecondary LD programs in the state.  Typically, the SBP serves approximately 450 students with learning disabilities each semester.


The disability management counseling service through SBP will not be available for the upcoming 2019-20 academic year. Students may meet with a BMAC staff member to address any accommodations or disability-related needs, including:
-Case Manager for mental health referrals on- and off-campus.
-Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is also available to all CSULB students at (562) 985-4001.

Additionally, Learning Disability Assessments will be available on a limited basis. SBP will contact students regarding eligibility or provide referrals as needed.

Services Provided

A learning disability can interfere with a student’s ability to assimilate or process information in several ways.  The purpose of the SBP is to provide students, with documented learning disabilities, a support system to assist them in attaining their academic goals. The program provides counseling for clarification of issues related to learning disabilities, makes recommendations for accommodations, and fosters self-advocacy in students. In addition the SBP conducts a Special Admissions Process which is explained in detail on the link indicated below.

The Stephen Benson Program is a part of the Bob Murphy Access Center at CSULB. The office is located in the Student Success Center (SSC-110). For more information please call the office at (562) 985-4430.

Special Admission Information

Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program Staff
Staff Name Office Title

Brian Carey, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
(Lic # MFC 36470)
SSC-114E Assistant Director, Stephen Benson Program

Tina Sutera

SSC-114C Learning Disability Specialist
Amber Maurer, Registered AMFT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (98608)
Supervised by: Brian Carey (LMFT 36470)
SSC-114A Disability Management & Assessment Specialist
Lethia Cobbs
SSC-114B Writing Specialist
SSC-112 Office Coordinator