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M.A. in Clinical Psychology

Marital and Family Therapy Specialization

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2 Years

The M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization (MFT) program provides strong preparation in the development of essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills from a systemic and relational context. Students are prepared to work with a variety of clinical populations, including individuals, couples, families, children, and groups that span the developmental spectrum, as well […]

The M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization (MFT) program provides strong preparation in the development of essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills from a systemic and relational context. Students are prepared to work with a variety of clinical populations, including individuals, couples, families, children, and groups that span the developmental spectrum, as well as with a variety of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions and disorders. The program has adopted the practitioner-scholar model, based on the belief that a competent mental health practitioner must have both a broad knowledge of the scientific and theoretical principles in the clinical practice of Marriage and Family Therapy and the ability to apply that knowledge to specific clinical situations.

Graduates of the MFT program will be qualified to sit for licensure to become Marriage & Family Therapists in the state of California, allowing them to find successful careers in a variety of settings, including public agencies and private practice.

 

Clinical Psychology Master’s Degree: Los Angeles Student Experience

Immersed in the heart of the most diverse city in the most diverse state in the U.S., students attending the Los Angeles Campus will benefit from significant networking opportunities as they experience real-world training in the city’s rapidly evolving downtown business district. Together they learn from and work side-by-side with an experienced, qualified, and passionate faculty practitioners.

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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 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.

Licensure and Certification FAQ

The practicum experience is designed to meet both the BBS requirements as well as to enhance the learning experience of the student through practical application of didactic classroom instruction. The practicum requires a total of six credit hours over three semesters during which time the student participates in a clinical training field placement where the student accumulates a minimum of 250 hours of face to face supervised clinical experience in a mental health setting. In addition, the student is required to attend a regularly scheduled practicum seminar during which students will participate in clinical case consultation, case presentations and complete a clinical case report. At the end of the second practicum seminar, students will complete a Clinical Competency Evaluation (CCE) which consists of a full clinical case report, tape and transcripts as well as a presentation of this case to the class and instructor. The CCE provides an important assessment of a student’s competency in meeting key programmatic outcomes.

More specific information is located in the Program Guidebook.

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. If you are mailing in your letters, they should arrive in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. You can also submit the letters online via the applicant portal.

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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