Masters in Clinical Psychology
Renowned for preparing compassionate, highly-trained mental health professionals adept at addressing the needs of today’s increasingly diverse populations.
Our Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program is known for successful preparation of compassionate, highly trained, multiculturally competent therapists. The program meets the educational requirements for licensure as a California Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and—by including a small set of specific courses within the 90 unit degree—as a California Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is designed to meet the following objectives:
- Prepare students for MFT or LPCC licensure in California and for doctoral study in psychology
- Develop eclectically trained practitioners who are sensitive to issues of diversity, including gender, class, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, and disability
- Promote student personal growth and development
- Provide practical clinical experience in highly varied, community-based mental health settings
- Train mental health professionals to successfully the needs of Southern California’s diverse communities
Students in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology choose from one of our unique and richly stimulating specializations. Each specialization has a highly-regarded curriculum that is embedded in the program. The specializations were developed to enrich each student’s experience, increase appreciation for cultural diversity, and help develop a successful career path in a chosen area of interest:
- Addictive Disorders: This specialization was developed in response to a rapidly growing population of individuals, families, and communities impacted by addiction and a demand for more highly educated addiction counselors. It prepares students to be culturally sensitive and clinically astute clinicians who understand the systemic causes and nature of addictive disorders and are equipped to intervene in this societal crisis. Learn more.
- Applied Community Psychology: The Applied Community Psychology Specialization emphasizes understanding people within their social worlds and using this understanding to enhance people’s well-being. It is a practice oriented discipline that focuses on social issues, social institutions, and other settings that influence individuals, groups, and organizations. Students engage in hands-on fieldwork, skills-building workshops, and networking functions. Students create a portfolio documenting their work and accomplishments in the program so they can showcase their work to future employers. Learn more.
- Child Studies: The Child Studies Specialization prepares students to work with children, adolescents, and their families in a wide variety of settings, including private practice, community mental health clinics, hospitals, schools, and social agencies devoted to advocacy. In keeping with the mission of Antioch University, faculty and students are always aware of the social and environmental contexts in which children live, learn, and thrive. Learn more.
- General Practice Specialization: Students who want a more generalized learning experience can opt for the General Practice Specialization, which allows them to take coursework in some or all of the six specializations offered, as well as additional clinical skills courses.
- LGBT-Affirmative Psychology: The LGBT Affirmative Psychology Specialization is an innovative program designed to provide comprehensive theoretical and practical preparation for students who wish to provide effective and compassionate treatment to
lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clients. Its mission is to develop the next generation of LGBT-affirmative psychotherapists and activists. Learn more.
- Professional Clinical Counselor: The Professional Clinical Counselor Specialization is designed for students who are interested in development across the lifespan while focusing on career counseling theory and career-focused assessment techniques. It prepares students with the skills to work in a variety of different social justice-focused settings, using career development and adult development-focused strategies.
- Psychological Trauma Studies: The mission of the Psychological Trauma Studies Specialization is to educate future therapists so they may provide competent, sensitive, and skilled therapy to those suffering from psychological trauma, whether it be the general population suffering as a result of crime or natural catastrophe, or those suffering as a result of conflict-related trauma. This specialization provides students with the special skills to identify and treat the effects of psychological trauma regardless of its source. Learn more.
- Spiritual and Depth Psychology: In the Spiritual and Depth Psychology Specialization students are trained in integrative psychotherapy through Jungian-based depth psychology and classical mindfulness, in support of self-transformation and skillful clinical practice within diverse communities. Students may take elective courses such as equine therapy and sand tray technique. They focus on personal development and inner work practice through meditation or yoga. This serves as the foundation for theory, experiential learning, clinical practice, and community building. Learn more.
Inside the classroom, learners are encouraged to explore multiple perspectives and approaches, and to engage instructors and peers in mutually-beneficial learning experiences. Beyond the classroom walls, they have the opportunity to implement their learning by practicing therapy under professional supervision at one of over 100 affiliated mental health services agencies.
Distinct areas of study
Antioch University has developed distinct Specializations to equip students with expert knowledge and provide them with unique skills, tools, and wisdom: Addictive Disorders, Applied Community Psychology, Child Studies, LGBT-Affirmative Psychology, Psychological Trauma Studies, and Spiritual & Depth Psychology.
Flexible schedules for working adults
Many of our students work full time and have family obligations. Our programs are designed to help adult learners obtain an exceptional education without compromising their other responsibilities. Students have the following options:
- One day a week programs (including Saturdays)
- Evening and/or weekend courses
- Part-time schedules
Opportunities for hands-on training
Students do their clinical training in settings that relate to their particular areas of interest. AULA has partnered with over 100 mental health service agencies, including nonprofit organizations dedicated to serving under-resourced populations, hospitals, schools, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, eating disorder programs, and more.
Experienced and engaged faculty
Our experienced faculty members are encouraged to engage in professional endeavors outside of Antioch University. Their teaching is informed by a wealth of experience in a variety of settings and specialty areas. Many are in private practice; others publish widely; many consider themselves activists; some work for mental health agencies; and others engage directly with community members through programs designed to increase community resources and empowerment.
Advisors are committed to helping you plan your course of study, providing specialized guidance on when and how to embark on clinical training. Your advisor also provides personalized counsel on which classes to take and how many, and how to pace your workload. In addition, each specialization (Addictive Disorders, Spiritual and Depth Psychology, Psychological Trauma Studies, Applied Community Psychology, LGBT, and Child Studies) has its own staff of core faculty and affiliates who are experts in the field. They work closely with you to fashion a rich immersion experience to deepen your theoretical and applied knowledge.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology degree is a 90 unit program.
|Course Number||Course Title||Units|
|PSY 512A||Field Study: Psychology and Society||2|
|PSY 531A||Personality Theory I: Psychodynamic Theories||3|
|PSY 532A||Personality Theory II: Comparative Contemporary Theories||3|
|PSY 541TBD||Assessment of Psychopathology and Treatment Planning||3|
|PSY 501A||Process of Interpersonal Psychotherapy I||2|
|PSY 522A||Perspectives: Trauma/Its Effects/Awareness/Recovery (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 535||Systems Theory and the Family I||3|
|PSY 535T||Systems Theory and the Family II||2|
|PSY 536TBD||Research For Mental Health Professionals||3|
|PSY 542||Psychological Testing||3|
|PSY 543C||Child and Adolescent Development||3|
|PSY 544F||Contemporary Issues of Aging||2|
|PSY 545||Society and the Individual||3|
|PSY 545C||Community Psychology: Theory and Methods||3|
|PSY 547||Human Sexuality||3|
|PSY 548||Professional Ethics and the Law||3|
|PSY 550TBD||Dependency and Addiction||3|
|PSY 551TBD||Group Treatment Methods||2|
|PSY 566TBD||Couples Counseling||2|
|PSY 567TBD||Treatment of Children and Adolescents||2|
|PSY 572TBD||Domestic Violence: Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse||3|
|PSY 509||Brief Therapy||2|
|PSY 533||Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy||2|
|PSY 535C||Treatment of Families||2|
|PSY 535K||Advanced Family Systems||2|
|PSY 540C||Process of Interpersonal Psychotherapy II||2|
|PSY 545Z||Mental Health Paradigm in Action: 21st Century Recovery Model||2|
|PSY 564F||Queer Counseling and Narrative Practice||2|
|CORE COURSES TOTAL||64|
|PSY TBD||Clinical Readiness Activities||0|
|PSY 620A||Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques of MFT and LPCC||9|
|PSY 621||Clinical Practicum||0|
|CLINICAL TRAINING TOTAL||9|
|PSY 623||Personal Psychotherapy (Two Quarters)||0|
|PERSONAL PSYCHOTHERAPY TOTAL||0|
|Specialization Core plus electives (see below)||17|
|TOTAL UNITS TO DEGREE||90|
Specializations (17 units= core + electives)
|Applied Community Psychology (ACP)|
|PSY 512D||Field Study in ACP (2 quarter units||2|
|PSY 545D||Community Consultation and Collaboration (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 545E||Program Development and Evaluation (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 545F||Prevention and Promotion (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 575E||Psychoeducational Groups (3 quarter units)||3|
|ACP Electives (3 quarter units)||3|
|Child Studies (CS)|
|PSY 520A||Developmental Psychopathology I: Diagnosis (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 520B||Developmental Psychopathology II: Intervention (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 533B||Brain and Behavior (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 543H||Cross-Cultural Infant Observation (2 quarter units)||2|
|PSY 568A||Child Advocacy and Social Policy (3 Quarter units)||3|
|CS Electives (3 quarter units)||3|
|Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies (LGBT)|
|PSY 512D||LGBT Field Study: Community Action (2 quarter units)||2|
|PSY 593DD||Multicultural Mental Health (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 593K||LGBT History and Mythology||3|
|PSY 593NN||Treating Families throught the LGBT-Affirmative Lens (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 593Z||Affirmative Psychotherapy (3 quarter units)||3|
|LGBT Identity Workshop (1 quarter unit)||1|
|LGBT Electives (2 quarter units)||2|
|Spiritual Depth Psychology (SDP)|
|PSY 521D||Erotic Transference/Countertransferenece (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 531H||Intercultural Transpersonal and Depth Psychology (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 533K||Classical Mindfulness-based Clinical Skills (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 594M||Frontiers in Integrative Depth Psychology (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 594J||Life as practice: Inner Work/Social Resp/Comm Srvc (2 quarter units)||2|
|SDP Electives (3 quarter units)||3|
|Conflict Related Trauma (CRT)|
|PSY 522B||Treatment of Trauma & Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (3 quarter units)||3|
|PSY 522C||Conflict Resolution/PTSD/Self-care - MH Professionals (3 quarter units)||3|
|Sub-Specialization Civilian, Military, or Combination (6 quarter units)|
|PSY 597A||Ax & Tx of Civilians w/PTSD & Substance Abuse (3 quarter units)||6|
|PSY 597C||Ax & Tx of Trauma/PTSD in the Civilian Population (2 quarter units)||6|
|PSY 597E||Domestic Violence and PTSD in the Civilian Population (1 quarter unit)||6|
|PSY 597B||Ax & Tx of Mltry/1st Rspnd w/PTSD & Sbstnce Abuse (3 quarter units)||6|
|PSY 597D||Ax & Tx of Trauma/PTSD in Military/1st Responder (2 quarter units)||6|
|PSY 597F||DV & PTSD in Military Personnel/Couples/Families (1 quarter unit)||6|
|CRT Electives (2 quarter units)||5|
|Professional Clinical Counseling (PCC)|
|PSY 509||Brief Therapy||2|
|PSY 550TBD||Chemical Dependency and Psychopharmacology OR||3|
|PSY 520A||Developmental Psychopathology I: Diagnosis||3|
|PSY 506TBD||Career Development I||3|
|PSY 506TBD||Career Development II||2|
|PSY 536TBD||Research for Evidence Based Practice OR||3|
|PSY 545E||Program Development and Evaluation||3|
|General Practice Specialization||17 units of self-selected study using a combination of courses from other specializations and/or independent study/research projects||17|
Additional degree requirements can in the AULA Catalog
We are currently accepting applications for the following term(s):
|Quarter||International Application*||Priority Application**||Final Application||Classes Begin|
|Winter 2017||October 24, 2016||October 24, 2016||November 18, 2016||January 3, 2017|
|Spring 2017||January 26, 2017||January 26, 2017||February 17, 2016||April 3, 2017|
|Summer 2017||April 24, 2017||April 24, 2017||May 19, 2017||July 5, 2017|
|Fall 2017||July 24, 2017||July 24, 2017||August 18, 2017||October 2, 2017|
Three easy steps to apply:
1. Complete an online application.
2. Submit official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university to AULA Admissions.
3. Learn more about the specific application requirements for this program.
Please submit all materials to: Admissions Office, 400 Corporate Pointe, Culver City, CA 90230.
The Admissions Interview
After we receive your application materials, we will contact you to make an appointment for a group interview. This interview is an opportunity for you to present your goals and qualifications and to ask questions about Antioch University’s program.
Program Costs 2015/2016 academic year
|Number of Units taken in a Quarter||Cost per Quarter|
|17+ units||$755 per unit for each unit over 16|
|1-3 units||$755 per unit|
For further information, contact Student Accounts at (310) 578-1080 ext. 405, or 413.
Psychology Department New Student Orientation
|Fall 2016||September 10th, 2016 at 9:00am|
|Winter 2017||December 10th, 2016 at 9:00am|
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Antioch University Los Angeles is located on three floors of an unassuming office building at 400 Corporate Pointe in Culver City. But don’t let our address or building fool you.
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