The program trains master's level clinicians in the specialized skills necessary to work as mental health providers in public and community mental health settings.
- Develop an expertise in state-of-the-art theory and practice in psychotherapy through combined classroom and clinical education in humanistic mindfulness, family systems, and psychodynamic therapies.
- Train in recovery and resiliency models of mental health that draw on liberation, critical, and community psychologies.
- Practice from a client-centered perspective with specific and measurable outcomes, and a commitment to working in partnership with clients.
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About the Program This 60-unit, three-year program integrates the fundamentals of intensive and supplemental case management with an emphasis on counseling, cultural competence, and a public sector practicum. Delivered in a variety of formats, the curriculum prepares students for high-demand public sector careers, and for Marriage and Family Therapy licensure. The program was designed in collaboration with leading mental health providers to meet the following critical needs:
- Therapeutic: A growing number of clients with multiple diagnoses require a different level and type of therapy.
- Cultural: The profession needs more practitioners from diverse backgrounds who are culturally competent and bilingual or multilingual.
- Professional: Nearly 70 percent of San Francisco's public mental health work force will retire within the next 10 years—a trend echoed throughout the state and the nation.
- Admissions Application: The online application can be found on the school website.
- Non-refundable $65 application fee
- Degree Requirement: An undergraduate degree (BA, BS, or the equivalent) from an accredited college or university.
- Transcripts: Official transcripts from all accredited academic institutions attended within the United States. Transcripts must arrive in their official, sealed envelopes.
- Goal Statement: A one-page statement of professional goals and objectives that shows demonstrated commitment to the field of community mental health.
- Autobiographical Statement: A four-to-six page (typed, double-spaced) iautobiographical statement emphasizing how you arrived at your current commitment to work in the area of community mental health.
- Two Letters of Recommendation: Letters of recommendation will be accepted from academic advisors, professors, professional supervisors, or someone able to attest to your ability to undertake the work required for your program.
International students and individuals who have studied at institutions outside the US and Canada may have additional requirements.
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Last updated November 16, 2017