Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology General Description of the Program

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program provides education and training in the theory and practice of psychotherapy and meets the educational standards for a California Marriage and Family Therapist and/or a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor license. A licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California is able to offer psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families to facilitate quality of life and maintain healthy family and interpersonal relationships. A Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor focuses on counseling for purposes of improving mental health. It does not include the assessment or treatment of couples or families (unless the counselor has completed all of the additional training provided in the Program’s dual track for MFT and LPCC). Within the Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program, students also have an option of developing expertise in one of three concentrations; either Somatic Psychotherapy, Latino Mental Health or Healthy Aging. The concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy is completed in an additional 9th quarter beyond the full time 8 quarter completion of an MA in Clinical Psychology. The Latino Mental and Healthy Aging Concentrations can be completed completed within 24 months (8 quarters) with extra course content building on the foundations for meeting MA in Clinical Psychology requirements.

The Program emphasizes the academic, practical and personal knowledge that will enable each graduate to gain competence in core areas of study in Psychology including; diagnosis, treatment planning and psychological interventions. Multicultural competence, community mental health, and ethical practices are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Training in the application of psychology is a primary goal. Graduates find career opportunities working with diverse populations in a range of settings, including mental health, non-profit, school, medical, and private practice. Some graduates continue their education in doctoral psychology programs in clinical, counseling or family psychology.

The Clinical Psychology (MACP) Program has a mission consistent with Antioch University’s tradition of community-based education and awareness of social issues. The Program is designed to educate and train professionals in theory and practice while remaining responsive to social change. The classroom experience makes use of experiential teaching methods and a “hands-on” approach to learning, integrated with direct practice learning of psychotherapeutic skills in community-based clinical traineeships.

Students receive a solid foundation in family systems, community mental health, and developmental theories as well as an appreciation for multicultural psychology. Central to the program is the development of self-awareness, respect for diversity, broad-based clinical skills, and the capacity for critical thinking. Antioch exposes students to a variety of theoretical orientations to meet the needs of diverse populations and communities. Faculty are seasoned professionals, many of whom are actively engaged in clinical practice and/or supervision and use techniques drawn from a range of psychotherapeutic orientations and theories. Students are assisted in selecting and developing an orientation consistent with their values and worldview. Teaching methods combine lecture and discussion with experiential learning techniques. This model of learning requires that students access their personal experiences to use as a beginning reference point when acquiring new knowledge and clinical and professional skills. Discussion elicits self-disclosure in the safe, confidential, and supportive spirit of the experiential learning process which enhances self-awareness, insight, and competence as a psychotherapist.

Students who graduate from the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program will demonstrate

  • Theoretical Foundations of Professional Psychology
  • Clinical Skills Integration
  • Professional/Legal and Ethical Competence
  • Multicultural Competence
  • Interpersonal Competence/Clinical Suitability
  • Critical Thinking

 

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