Degree Concentrations

Students may elect to graduate with a concentration in addition to the emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Concentrations generally require additional academic units and coursework in addition to the ones minimally required by the degree program. In some cases, courses in the concentration may substitute for those in the required degrees.

Currently the Program offers concentrations in Somatic Psychotherapy, Latino Mental Health and Healthy Aging.

The concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy offers training in a unique therapeutic approach that examines the self through an integrated body-mind lens focusing on applied practice skills in various modalities and with diverse populations addressing trauma-related symptoms and other stressors.

The courses required as part of the curriculum include:

PSC 5700  Introduction to Theories and Techniques of Somatic Psychotherapy (3 units)

PSC 5702  Somatic Approaches to Trauma and PTSD (3 units)

PSC 5703  Movement, Mindfulness, and the Expressive Arts in Somatic Psychotherapy (3 units)

PSC 5704  Practicum: Somatic Psychotherapy Consultation (3 units) 

The concentration in Latino Mental Health includes courses designed to develop proficiency in providing mental health services to Latino and Hispanic consumers. Students in this program are required to be proficient in Spanish and English. The courses required as part of the curriculum include:

PSC 5110   Latino Mental Health (3 units)

PSC 5160   Process of Bilingual Group Psychotherapy (3 units)

PSC 5170   Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapy Process with Latino Clients (3 units)

PSC 6524   Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills with Latino Clients (3 units)

The concentration in Healthy Aging is designed to develop proficiency in providing counseling services to older adults and their families. The courses required as part of the curriculum in Healthy Aging include:

PSC 5610   Social, Cultural, & Systemic Aspects of Aging (3 units)

PSC 5620   Clinical Skills with Older Adults (3 units)

PSC 6534   Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills with Older Adults & Their Families (3 units)

Independent Study
In exceptional circumstances, a student may apply to do an Independent Study (PSC 6110) in order to meet a program requirement or to pursue an interest not covered by the program curriculum. As a rule, core courses may not be taken as Independent Study; however, the faculty may make exceptions where there are special circumstances. Student requests for Independent Study will not be honored when the course is being offered during the quarter. Courses in which there is a strong experiential or skills practice component may not be taken as Independent Study.

Independent Study courses should have both a breadth and a depth component. Courses are developed with the Student Advisor and require approval of the Chair prior to registration. If approved, the student and Advisor identify an evaluator for the student’s learning. Evaluators assist students in setting learning objectives, creating assignments that will demonstrate the learning acquired and assigning the number of units to be granted for the work (calculated as one unit for each thirty-three hours of study). Finally, evaluators write the narrative evaluation for the course.

Experiential Learning and Confidentiality in the Classroom
Classes in the MACP Program offer an opportunity for students to gain insight about themselves and their interpersonal impact on others through feedback from classmates and instructors. Experiential education fosters this type of learning through shared experience and an active focus on the application of new learning.

The use of this model to acquire clinical and professional skills requires students to use their personal experience in the classroom. In order to create safety in this learning environment, students are asked to maintain confidentiality with regard to the comments and experiences of other students. Respecting the privacy of others is most important in managing the risk and enjoying the benefits of experiential learning.

Research with Human Subjects
Although Antioch Psychology Programs do not require a Master’s Thesis, if a student is interested in conducting a research study it is important to be aware of the need for review of proposed research by a research ethics committee whenever human subjects are the focus of research. Proposed research must be submitted to the Ethics Committee for review. Ethical principles in human research include confidentiality, informed consent, care of subjects, and communication of the results of your research.

Please confer with your faculty advisor or the Program Chair for information on how to obtain a Human Subjects Committee Review (from the Institutional Review Board).



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