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M.A. Clinical Psychology

Marital and Family Therapy Specialization

  • San Diego, CA
  • 2 Years

Through the M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) specialization students develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills in order to diagnose and address a wide spectrum of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions and disorders. Providing clinical services to patients ranging from individuals, children, and families to groups and spanning the developmental spectrum from […]

Through the M.A. Clinical Psychology, Marital and Family Therapy (MFT) specialization students develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills in order to diagnose and address a wide spectrum of emotional, intellectual, and psychological conditions and disorders.

Providing clinical services to patients ranging from individuals, children, and families to groups and spanning the developmental spectrum from children to the elderly, graduates of this master’s in clinical psychology program will be prepared to:

  • Foster the development of individuals and facilitate group interaction
  • Effectively communicate critical information in the field of clinical psychology to a wide range of individuals and groups
  • Prepare individual treatment plans, and set appropriate psychotherapeutic goals
  • Provide a wide range of effective and ethical psychotherapeutic interventions to a diverse group of clients

Graduates of this MFT program will be qualified to sit for licensure to become Marriage and Family Therapists or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, allowing them to find successful careers in a number of settings, including public agencies and private practice.

 

San Diego Student Experience

The Chicago School has served Southern California for the better part of a decade. By providing exceptional programs in psychology and the related mental health sciences—including Clinical Psychology, Applied Behavior Analysis, and Marriage and Family Therapy—the programs at our San Diego Campus provide expanded access to students in diverse communities all throughout Southern California.

Maintaining partnerships with local organizations and clinical sites all through Southern California, our San Diego Campus gives students the opportunity to engage in hands-on training where they can apply what they’ve learned in the classroom in real-world situations. By serving diverse and underserved neighborhoods and communities, students will develop a global worldview that can be applied to a career in any field.

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Mindfulness, Spirituality and Philosophical Influences

This course focuses on the relationship between psychotherapy and spirituality. It reviews areas such as personality configuration and spirituality, values in psychotherapy, transference and spirituality, and the therapist’s spiritual journey. In addition, this course will examine meditative practices such as mindfulness that have been successfully utilized in psychotherapy. Finally, the major philosophical influences on the practice of psychotherapy will be reviewed. (3 credits)

 

Couple’s Counseling and Domestic Violence

This course will provide 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 will also be explored with researched based treatment interventions presented.  This course meets CA BBS requirements for Spousal Abuse Prevention coursework. (2 credits)

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.

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c/o The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
203 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 1900
Chicago, IL 60601

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.
  • Previous Coursework
    • A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better

International Application Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A course in Psychology, with a grade earned of C or better

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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