LGBT Specialization

AULA is proud to have launched one of the nation’s first graduate psychology specializations devoted to “affirmative” psychology for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals – thus opening a new frontier in LGBT liberation and psychological understanding. This specialization is in keeping with Antioch University’s 150 year history of social justice, a legacy that lives on at AULA today.

In two years, you can complete all of the required coursework for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) while simultaneously developing special expertise in the most effective and empowering mental health services for LGBT individuals.

Dedicated to the transformational spirit of LGBT liberation, the Antioch University Los Angeles specialization in LGBT-Affirmative Psychology will help you as affirmative practitioners address the effects of internalized homophobia, biphobia, and 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. More importantly, you can help LGBT people and their allies connect with a long-lost meaning and potential for themselves, their community, and society at large through learning about specific affirmative methods and ideas.

Students in this specialization take LGBT-related coursework in addition to all of the standard courses required for MFT or LPCC licensure. (For a non-clinical degree, the LGBT-specialization courses can provide the focus.) Courses are taught by experienced instructors who are fully engaged in the practice of psychotherapy, community activism and LGBT-Affirmative inner work. These include award-winning author and LGBT Specialization director Dr. Douglas Sadownick, activist and writer Thomas Mondragon, lesbian psychotherapist Dr. Lauren Costine, and trans-affirmative author Dr. Theodore Burnes.

The LGBT Specialization benefits both LGBT people who want 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.