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M.A. in Clinical Psychology

Marital and Family Therapy Specialization

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 2 Years

Students in the Clinical Psychology Master’s Degree, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization (MFT) program at our Los Angeles campuses benefit from a solid foundation in the principles of clinical psychology—in addition to gaining the essential therapeutic, diagnostic, and consultative skills they need to excel in their field. The program prepares graduates for positions working with […]

Students in the Clinical Psychology Master’s Degree, Marital and Family Therapy Specialization (MFT) program at our Los Angeles campuses benefit from a solid foundation in the principles of clinical psychology—in addition to gaining the essential therapeutic, diagnostic, and consultative skills they need to excel in their field. The program prepares graduates for positions working with couples and families and a variety of emotional, behavioral, and psychological issues.

Clinical Psychology Master’s Degree students may apply to fulfill their practicum, traineeship, and internship hours at The Chicago School’s Counseling Centers—two of Southern California’s largest and most well-respected community counseling centers—where they are exposed to a wide variety of therapeutic approaches and clinical interventions, and work side by side with senior MFT clinicians.

 

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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