The Clinical Traineeship

The clinical traineeship takes students out of the classroom and brings them into the community to work with clients, professional psychotherapists and peers from many schools and disciplines. The program allows students to gain knowledge and develop psychotherapeutic skills by providing services in a variety of settings such as non-profit, government, educational, health care or rehabilitation sites. The Psychology Program maintains training agreements with over 120 sites serving a variety of populations in the tri-county area (Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties), as well as some sites in Los Angeles County. Students are required to obtain 225 hours of face to face client contact at their traineeship in order to graduate from the program. The Healthy Aging concentration requires that 75 of the 225 client hours include in-person contact and/or client advocacy with older individuals and their families. The Latino Mental Health concentration requires that 75 of the 225 client hours include in-person contact and/or client advocacy with Latino or Hispanic clients. Hours earned during the clinical traineeship are counted towards the 3,000 hours of experience required for the MFT license. Additional hours are accumulated post-graduation as a registered MFT associate.

To be eligible for traineeship, students must must complete 18 quarter units, including Law and Ethics and Professional Orientation.  Students will not be able to accrue traineeship hours until these requirements have been satisfied, they are enrolled in a Practicum course or will be beginning one.  Students must have a traineeship site to be enrolled in the Practicum Courses.

Students should also be familiar with Antioch University traineeship procedures and the regulations governing the practice of marriage and family therapy as defined by the BBS. Detailed information on procedures and regulations affecting trainees may be found in the Antioch University Santa Barbara “Traineeship Guidelines” document, which is kept updated and available electronically. It is also recommended that students consult the BBS website for a copy of the licensing regulations (

LPCC licensure began in CA in 2012. The degree requirement is 280 face-to-face hours.  Students interested in this license should seek updated detailed information on the BBS website (

The Traineeship Application Process and Documentation
Students should check the required schedule of classes for the quarter in which they may begin their traineeships. Prior to this quarter, students participate in a traineeship orientation meeting. This is also the time to examine the Antioch-approved sites, contact the site for an application or interview, select a training site, and enroll in a practicum course (PSC 6500 series). Students are responsible for seeking and identifying traineeship sites on their own. The Director of Clinical Training and Student Advisor are both available to provide consultation in this process. A list of approved traineeship sites with contact information is also available to students on the Clinical Training Sakai site.

Upon acceptance to a traineeship site, the appropriate forms must be completed (available electronically). A Clinical Training Agreement is completed and signed prior to the start of training. The Clinical Training Agreement is a contract for the student’s work in the traineeship and is required by the BBS. The site administrator, the clinical supervisor, the student, and the MACP Director of Clinical Training all sign this document. The original Agreement is kept in the student’s permanent file and electronic copies are distributed to all signers. At the end of each thirteen-week period the supervisor completes an End of Quarter Evaluation rating the student’s progress for that quarter. Hours are accrued and paperwork retained by the student for future application for MFT licensure. New Clinical Training Agreements are completed if and when the student changes sites or supervisors.

All students in traineeship must be covered by professional liability insurance which is provided by the University. Proof of this coverage is requested by many sites and is available electronically on the Clinical Training Sakai site.

Clinical Training Requirements
As part of the degree program, students participate in clinical traineeships within community agencies that provide them with experience in psychotherapy and counseling under the supervision of a licensed professional. Students are required to accrue 225 hours of face to face counseling experience with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups. Students enrolled in the Healthy Aging Concentration are required to complete 75 hours of face to face counseling and/or client advocacy with older adults and their families. Students enrolled in the Latino Mental Health Concentration are required to complete 75 hours of face to face contact and/or client advocacy with Latino or Hispanic clients. Supervised hours may also be applied toward licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

The required 280 hours for LPCC track students are not counted towards LPCC licensure as determined by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Students in the LPCC track accumulate hours towards LPCC licensure after they have graduated the program.

Clinical Training Probation
Students are reviewed and evaluated for clinical suitability and skills in all clinical courses including both in-class instruction and field experience. Clinical suitability is defined as the ability to adopt a professional demeanor by establishing good personal and professional boundaries, accepting feedback with minimal defensiveness and/or reactivity, managing personal distress as well as freedom from behavioral or emotional problems that interfere with interpersonal functioning. Students in the MFT track are expected to abide by the ethical standards for Marriage and Family Therapists established by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; and by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ statutes and regulations relating to the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. Students in the LPCC track must abide by the ethical standards established by their licensing board.

When students demonstrate challenges in the area of Clinical Suitability as defined by the Program’s Clinical Suitability criteria and identified either by the student’s instructor, advisor, Director of Clinical Training, or  Program Chair, a “Clinical Suitability Form” is completed to identify areas of concern and in need of development. At any time in the Program, a student may be placed on Clinical Training Probation and/or dismissed from the MACP Program for failure to demonstrate appropriate clinical skills and/or violation of the ethical principles or statutes and regulations for marriage and family therapists.



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