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M.A. in Clinical Psychology

Marital and Family Therapy Specialization

  • Irvine, CA
  • 2 Years

Through The Chicago School’s Master’s in Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization, graduates are prepared to work with couples and families experiencing a variety of emotional, behavioral, and psychological distress. Guided by practitioner faculty, students will gain the essential therapeutic, diagnostic, and consultative skills they need to excel in their field. Students at the […]

Through The Chicago School’s Master’s in Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization, graduates are prepared to work with couples and families experiencing a variety of emotional, behavioral, and psychological distress.

Guided by practitioner faculty, students will gain the essential therapeutic, diagnostic, and consultative skills they need to excel in their field.

Students at the Irvine campus may apply to fulfill their practicum, traineeship, and internship hours at The Chicago School’s Counseling Centers where they are exposed to a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and clinical interventions, working side by side with senior MFT clinicians.

Graduates are academically prepared to sit for the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) MFT licensure exam. If they pass, they can begin careers as licensed therapists in a variety of settings, including:

  • Private practice
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Government agencies
  • In-patient psychiatric facilities
  • Hospitals
  • Community mental health centers
  • Schools
  • Courts and prisons

Master’s in Clinical Psychology: Irvine Student Experience

Our Irvine campus, is located in Orange County next to UC Irvine in the heart of University Plaza. Over 100 national and multinational businesses are headquartered in Irvine, opening up significant networking and job opportunities.

Our Irvine campus is also home to one of our well-known Chicago School counseling centers, which provide students the extraordinary opportunity to apply to gain real-world training at the centers while also learning marketing and operations related to running a private practice or mental health clinic.

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Private Practice Development

This course is designed to provide practical information about how to set up a private practice. It considers a psychological approach to creating a business plan. In addition it emphasizes “hands on” practical information with some theoretical issues. It considers HIPAA, managed care, and insurance issues.

Couple’s Counseling and Domestic Violence

Provides an overview of current trends in couple’s therapeutic treatment. The concepts of divorce, remarrying, blended families, domestic partnerships, domestic violence, and non-traditional families are explored with researched based treatment interventions presented.

The Theory and Practice of Marital/Family Therapy

Focuses on various therapeutic modalities in the practice of marriage and family therapy. Additionally, students discuss indirect methods for initiating and sustaining change in family systems. Students also examine research related to theory and practice.

The program incorporates eight content areas outlined by the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and meets the degree and coursework requirements to be eligible for licensure as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) in California. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements for any other state in which they plan to practice post-graduation.

The MA Clinical Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy Specialization program aligns with degree, coursework, and supervised experience requirements to be eligible for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in California. Candidates for licensure must pass the LMFT Clinical Examination (LMCE) and the LMFT Law and Ethics Examination (LMLE). Additional post-master’s supervised experience is required in order to qualify for licensure in California. All candidates are also required to complete the application process, which may include fees and/or a background check. For further information about licensure in California, please visit the Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
350 N Orleans ST STE 1050
Chicago, IL 60654-1822

Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization program is open to any person who has earned a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy specialization program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Essay – Please answer the following question within three double spaced typed pages (approximately 500-750 words). Essay must specifically address the program/specialization for which you are applying.
    • Psychology is a vast discipline with many career options. In an essay format, please describe:
      • Why you chose this particular program/specialization making sure to cite specific experiences and examples.
      • Why it is important to you to study this discipline at a school that emphasizes cultural awareness, competence, and understanding of diversity (see our Commitment to Diversity Statement).
      • Your professional career goals as they relate to this specialization.
      • Why you believe this program will assist you in reaching these goals.
    • Official College/University Transcripts
      • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
    • Three Letters of Recommendation
      • Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant work or volunteer experiences, who can appraise your academic or professional performance. Letters should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal.

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The Chicago School is dedicated to keeping our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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