LGBT Psychology Specialization

A pioneer in social justice for over 150 years, Antioch University Los Angeles launched one of the nation’s first graduate psychology specialization devoted to affirmative psychology for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, queer, intersex, and questioning (LGBT) individuals over 10 years ago. Now in its second decade of training professionals to become practitioner-advocates in the LGBTQQIA community, the program welcomes you and is excited for you to explore our intersections between social justice and LGBTQ resilience and liberation.

In two years, students can complete all the required coursework for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) while simultaneously developing specific expertise in developing the knowledge, attitudes, skills, and self-awareness to develop the most effective and empowering mental health services for LGBT individuals.

The Antioch University Los Angeles specialization in LGBT-Affirmative Theory and Practice will help students as affirmative practitioners address the impact of minority stress (e.g., internalized homo/bi/transphobia) that can be seen as underlying causes for the depression, anxiety, substance abuse, unsafe sex, and other psychic challenges faced by many LGBT individuals. But more importantly, you can help LGBT people and their allies connect with a long-lost meaning and potential for themselves, their resilience and community, and society at large through learning about specific affirmative methods and treatment methods.

The specialization courses found under the course description portion of this website are to be taken in addition to all the standard courses required for MFT or LPCC licensure (or can provide the focus for a non-clinical degree). Courses are taught by experienced instructors who are fully engaged in the practice of psychotherapy, the training and supervision of clinical supervision, community activism, and LGBT-focused social justice.

The LGBT Specialization benefits both LGBT people wanting to become immersed in the life-saving domain of affirmative theory and practice as well as “allies” who themselves may not be LGBT but are eager to serve this community with new competencies and qualifications.

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