MA in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy with Latinx Communities
Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology
Los Angeles, USA
2 - 3 years
USD 1,510 / per credit **
29 May 2024*
Earliest start date
* Priority Deadline : February 27th
** per unit for a total of 66-72 units. You pay per unit
- Format: Evening
- Term: Fall
- Location: West Los Angeles, Irvine, Calabasas
- Length: 3 years / 66-72 units
- Tuition: $1,510 per unit
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with Latinx Communities degree program will prepare students to serve Latinx individuals, couples, families, and communities as licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC) in California.
This cohort-based program is administered through Aliento, The Center for Latinx Communities. Through a clinical and practice-based course of study that includes Latinx-specific content and experiential Spanish-language development courses, students will learn the academic and applied foundations of marriage and family therapy, and community, liberation, and counseling psychologies within a Latinx mental health context.
- Up to 30 Latinx-specific LMFT credits
- Spanish-language development courses for students with elementary-to-advanced proficiency
- Opportunity for participation in a Spanish Immersion Program to gain experience in a Latin-American country
- Community service projects directly assisting local communities
- Opportunity for bilingual supervision for students providing services in Spanish during their clinical practicum experience (note: dependent on individual site)
- Dedicated placement team to help find and secure practicum and internship placements
- Semi-cohort-based, providing a sense of community among peers
- Top Program in the US
Consistently listed as a top choice for graduate programs in Clinical Psychology by the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Campus Locations
The Clinical Psychology (Latinas/os) program is offered at three different campus locations in West LA, Irvine, and Calabasas.
- Supervised Clinical Experience
Working directly with local Latinx communities.
Clinical training staff provide resources and assist students in applying to practicum sites.
- 130+ Clinical Practicum Sites
With over 130+ high-quality site partners, CLP students experience hands-on clinical practice as a signature component of a comprehensive approach to preparing licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFT) or licensed professional clinical counselors (LPCC).
- Values Centered
Students are empowered to make a lasting impact through academic excellence, social purpose, and meaningful service.
- Top-Ranked Program
This program and Pepperdine as an institution are among the highest-ranked in the US.
- Meets LMFT and LPCC Requirements
Upon graduation, students will have met all educational requirements to sit for the LMFT or LPCC licensure exams in the state of California.
- No GRE or Standardized Tests Required
We offer an equitable admission process that considers your ability and commitment to succeed rather than test scores.
Antiracism and Antidiscrimination Statement
The Aliento and GSEP psychology division stand in solidarity against racial inequities and injustice and other forms of discrimination and oppression. We are committed to fostering an inclusive learning environment that is enriched and strengthened by diversity including but not limited to race, ethnicity and national origin, gender, and gender identity, sexuality, class, age, ability status, and religion. GSEP also encourages all community members to engage in critical learning and reflection to strengthen our capacity for being effective, active, and outspoken against all forms of racism and intersectional oppression.
The courses listed below are considered foundational to the program and should be completed prior to enrolling in core courses. Students who have completed any of these courses at the undergraduate level may seek permission to waive such courses, provided they were completed at a regionally accredited institution, within the last seven years, at a grade of B or better. Courses taken online are eligible for waiver consideration.
Foundation courses taken at the graduate level may be waived or transferred (maximum of 6-semester units for transfers). Permission to waive or transfer credits should be requested at the time of admission.
- PSY 657 Psychopathology (3)
- PSY 659 Behavioral Principles and Theories of Learning (3)
The core courses listed below may be completed in any sequence after the necessary prerequisites have been met. The core courses may not be waived and are eligible for transfer only.
Core Courses Sequence 1
- PSY 606 Interpersonal Skills and Group Therapy (3)
- PSY 623 Ethics and Law for Mental Health Professionals (3)
- PSY 624 Individual and Family Treatment of Substance Abuse (3)
- PSY 626 Research and Evaluation Methods for Mental Health Professionals (3)
- PSY 627 Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals (3)
- PSY 628 Human Sexuality and Intimacy (1)
- PSY 639 Couple and Family Therapy I (3)
- PSY 640 Couple and Family Therapy II (3)
- PSY 642 Mental Health Systems, Practice, and Advocacy (3)
- PSY 661 Preparation for Practicum (2)
- PSY 662 Clinical Practicum (2,2,2)
Core Courses Sequence 2
- PSY 663 Bilingual Clinical Practicum: Latina/o Emphasis (2,2,2)
- PSY 668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents (3)
- PSY 669 Trauma in Diverse Populations (3)
- PSY 671 Career Development Theory and Techniques (3)
- PSY 672, 672A Spanish Language and Culture: Beginning Conversations and Understanding Linguistic Context (3,3)
Core Courses Sequence 3
- PSY 673, 673A Spanish Language and Culture in Counseling Latinas/os: Intermediate/Advanced (3,3)
- PSY 674 Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders: Latina/o Emphasis (3)
- PSY 675 Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families: Latina/o Emphasis (3)
- PSY 676 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Latina/o Emphasis (3)
- PSY 677 Multicultural Counseling: Latina/o Emphasis (3)
- PSY 678 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Latina/o Emphasis (3)
- PSY 679 Individual, Couple, and Family Development: A Life Cycle Approach—Latina/o Emphasis (3)
Therapists and counselors are needed in many clinical and professional settings, including community counseling and advocacy centers, schools, government agencies, and private practice. After earning your degree, you may pursue professional licensure and employment in a variety of roles.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
A licensed marriage and family therapist offers counseling to individuals, couples, children, families, and groups for a variety of issues that may arise. This career path focuses on mental health, wellness, and growth. Therapists can work in a variety of settings including private practice, community clinics, hospitals, in-patient facilities, and veterans affairs to name a few. Emphasis is often placed on families, couples, and individuals whose problems are relationship and socially based.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
Similar to marriage and family therapists, a licensed professional clinical counselor offers treatment and therapy to individuals who suffer from mental health and substance abuse disorders. This treatment can be in an individual, family, or group setting and may address issues such as behavioral, substance, mental or emotional. This career path can work with both adults or children and can work in private practices, hospitals, community clinics, non-profits, or other mental health agencies.
Child and Adolescent Therapist
A career in child and adolescent therapy involves working strictly with the child and adolescent population as well as their families. In this field, the therapist will help individuals overcome cognitive, behavioral, and emotional hurdles. This career path includes evaluating children and adolescents for these disorders and connecting them with treatment and support resources.
Emergency Assessment Counselor
A career as an emergency assessment counselor often involves working in in-patient facilities, community clinics, and hospitals as responding clinicians for emergent mental health situations. This career can work with a range of populations including children and adults and provides mental health evaluations and immediate treatment recommendations.
Clinical directors are responsible for overseeing aspects of clinical operations in regards to the treatment of patients. This role can be situated in hospitals, clinics, in-patient facilities, rehabilitation facilities, nursing homes, and more. This role varies depending on the facility but often includes managing schedules, overseeing a team of clinicians, implementing care procedures, and helping to maintain a positive work environment.
Executive coaches assess team and individual challenges, either remotely or as part of an organization, and create action plans and gather resources to help the client achieve higher levels of success, growth, and development. As part of this role, responsibilities also include providing support, guidance, advice, and customized guidance based on expertise. Executive coaches often work with directors, managers, and other executives from both public and private organizations.
A career in academic advising focuses on helping students plan out their academic years as well as help prepare students for the next steps post-graduation, whether that be entering the workforce or pursuing further education. Academic advisors help students with the logistics of needed credits, schedules, internships, research opportunities, special accommodations, and more. Academic advisors can work at the high school level up to the doctoral level.
A case manager is under the umbrella of human services. A case manager works as part of a team that organizes and coordinates care for individuals and families who need it. This career path is robust, with responsibilities ranging from advocacy to counseling, to evaluation and assessment. This career works collaboratively with clients and their families to provide psychoeducation and services.
Substance Abuse Professional (SAP)
A substance abuse professional works with individuals struggling with substance addiction, specifically alcohol or drugs. This career path focuses on helping the individual overcome their substance dependency through one-on-one counseling, group therapy, and support groups. Substance abuse professionals work in private practices, community clinics, in-patient and out-patient facilities, among other locations.
The number of jobs in Individual and Family Services is expected to grow 23%*
Average annual income earned in private practice is $50,948 for a licensed California LMFT**
California has the nation's highest employment demand for graduates of Clinical Psychology master's programs***
*U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2017
** CAMFT "The Therapist", September/October 2015
***2017-2018 Burning Glass Report on Employment Potential for Selected Program
Scholarships and Funding
While limited scholarship and/or discount opportunities may be available, international students must demonstrate the ability to finance their education and expenses. Students seeking full scholarships are discouraged from inquiring or applying to GSEP programs
Most Chosen CLP Masters Program in the US
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