The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program’s distinctive curriculum prepares students for California state licensing exams (MFT and LPCC), and offers a non-clinical option for students interested in doctoral study or other career paths.
Students are not only given the opportunity to learn the theories of psychological counseling and professional practice, but are also given the opportunity to appreciate their importance and meaning. From there, students learn to appropriately apply these theories in practice. Through discussion, role-play, video, presentation work, and lecture, students learn how to synthesize theory with practice.
The clinical curriculum functions along three-dimensional levels: preparing students professionally, psychologically, and socially. This multi-dimensional approach includes rigorous coursework, personal psychotherapy, and clinical training. It works synergistically with personalized advising and interactive relations with the faculty and student body. This provides a rich immersion experience in the socially-engaged, psychologically-enlightening, and rigorously-held curriculum designed by the faculty to help prepare students for a new kind of activism, healing, involvement, and fulfillment.
Courses provide students with a wide-range of theoretical approaches (e.g. family systems, narrative, psychodynamic, etc.), field study opportunities, assessment and diagnostic skills – all of which are designed to help students apply this learning to people of diverse races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders, age differences, class backgrounds, and so on.
Many of these qualities also characterize the non-clinical degree, except that the clinical component does not take place.
There are six specializations: Addictive Disorders; Applied Community Psychology; Child Studies; LGBT Psychology; Spiritual Depth Psychology; and Psychological Trauma. Each has a prerequisite course known as the “gateway” class you also must take at the outset of the specialization.
Students will have the opportunity to engage in clinical training at a variety of agencies off-site. During this experience, we offer a Practicum class to facilitate the integration of supervision and applied theoretical lessons from the classroom.
In order to prepare for this experience, which will require competence in relating to a culturally diverse world, students must demonstrate clinical readiness by completing a variety of clinical pre-requisites and demonstrating appropriate basic clinical and professional skills.
Upon completing Antioch University Los Angeles’ Master of Arts in Psychology or Clinical Psychology programs, our graduates emerge as engaged citizens who are prepared to be of service in today’s complex and challenging world.