Latino Mental Health Concentration
Fluency in two languages are required to enroll in this program; students need to be bilingual in English and Spanish.
This concentration meets the requirements for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and focuses on Latino clients.
This ratio of students to faculty ensures you are never just one of the crowd.
Latino Mental Health Plan of Study
*Courses offered online or on alternate cohort day.
|Total Units 90||Latino Mental Health Plan of Study|
|First Quarter||(10.5 units)|
|PSC532A||Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Response (1.5) *
PSC 532A Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Response (1.5) *This course examines the role of the mental health professional in natural disasters and community emergencies. Application of crisis theory and multidisciplinary responses ranging from short-term crisis intervention to long-term approaches designed to prevent the development of mental health problems and trauma responses are emphasized.
|PSC511||Latino Mental Health (3)
PSC 511 Latino Mental Health (3) *The course focuses on the understanding of the sociopolitical context of Latinos and its effects on the mental health and psychosocial development of Latino adults, families and children within the social context. The course addresses multicultural issues such as Latino subgroup differences, immigration, acculturation, family values, gender socialization, and language and how these relate to providing culturally responsive therapy.
|PSC504||Human Development and Diversity (3) *
PSC 504 Human Development and Diversity (3) *This course will provide an overview of human development throughout the lifetime in the family, social and cultural context. The individual and family life cycles will be viewed as mutually interactive processes which are also affected by such factors as biology/genetics, gender, race, ethnicity, acculturation, religion, etc. The development of the individual will be traced chronologically through a survey of a select number of major theoretical approaches. The family and other factors influencing and generated by the individual’s developmental tasks will be explored concurrently.
|PSC501A||Theories of Psychotherapy in Context (3) *
PSC 501A Theories of Psychotherapy (3) *In this course, students critically examine some of influential theories of counseling and psychotherapy by exploring the social, cultural and historical contexts that produced them. Theories are considered in terms of their relevance in the contemporary social context. The course compares and contrasts theories in terms of key theoretical concepts such as personality development, health and illness, therapeutic techniques and relevance in the contemporary social context. Students begin the process of developing their philosophy of treatment and therapeutic orientation.
|Second Quarter||(11 units)|
|PSC503A||Research Methods (3)
PSC 503A Research Method (3) *This course examines different approaches to the generation and evaluation of psychological theory and data. Strengths, weaknesses, and ethical practice of quantitative and qualitative methods are examined with attention to the descriptive and inferential statistical methods used in hypothesis testing and psychological assessment.
|PSC512A||Clinical Skills I: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship in the Latino Context (3)
PSC 512A Clinical Skills I: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship in the Latino Context (3) *In this experiential course, students work on the development of basic counseling skills and the building of a therapeutic relationship that is accomplished within and with reference to the Latino cultural context.
|PSC524||Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy (2)
PSC 524 Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy (2) *This course expands upon the material in PSC 501A by reviewing contemporary theories and practices that have shown to be effective. The underlying theoretical framework, key theoretical concepts and techniques, and the applications of the approach are emphasized.
|PSC506A||Psychopathology (3) *
PSC 506A Psychopathology (3) *In this course students develop basic competency in formulating a psychological diagnosis using the most up-to-date DSM criteria. Using knowledge of the etiology and diagnostic criteria of psychological disorders, participants will learn to view symptoms of psychopathology from a biopsychosocial framework in order to assess, diagnose, and plan treatment.
|Third Quarter||(12 units)|
|PSC517||Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapeutic Process with Latino Clients (3)
PSC 517 Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapy Process with Latino Clients (3) *This course focuses on developing fluency and clinical competency in psychotherapy with the Latino client. Skills are developed for differentiating between content and process and for working with client affect, resistance and defense, transference and counter transference as these processes relate to the Spanish speaking client.
|PSC507A||Theories of Family Systems (3)
PSC 507A Theories of Family Systems (3) *This course examines the major concepts and theories of the family systems movement in psychotherapy. By exploring the history, premises, cultural influences and approaches of family therapy practice, students learn to conceptualize individuals, couples, and families from a systemic point of view.
|PSC550B||Domestic Violence: Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse (3)
PSC 550B Domestic Violence: Spousal, Elder & Child Abuse (3) *This course provides students with foundational learning in clinical skills and ethical competence in domestic violence inclusive of spousal, elder and child abuse. Students will learn to recognize and assess spousal, elder, and child abuse, to recognize risk factors and family dynamics, intervene from a variety of approaches and understand the psychological and traumatic consequences of abuse. Students will also gain knowledge in professional responsibility regarding mandated reporting laws and utilization of community resources for intervention and prevention.
|PSC508||Psychological Assessment: Evaluating Individuals and Systems in Context (3) *
PSC 508 Psychological Assessment: Evaluating Individuals & Systems in Context (3) *This survey course covers the major psychological assessment instruments used with normal and pathological populations. Evaluating the psychometric properties of tests and their use in planning treatment is addressed. Students will learn to administer level B instruments and to interpret them within the cultural, developmental and systemic context of the individual.
|Fourth Quarter||(10 units)|
|PSC522||Group Theories (1.5 ) *
PSC 522 Group Theories (1.5) *This course serves as an introduction to the theories and concepts of group psychotherapy including stages of group development, membership and dynamic processes.
|PSC504G||Lifespan Human Development: The Older Adult (1.5) *
PSC 504G Lifespan Human Development: The Older Adult (1.5) *Individual and family lifecycle development perspectives are used to understand the psychological, social, and biological changes that are associated with aging with an emphasis on factors related to positive adjustment. Students will examine later life transitions in work, social roles and health as well as how aging processes vary by gender, race, and ethnicity.
|PSC538B||Professional Ethics and the Law (3)
PSC 538B Professional Ethics & the Law (3) *This course addresses the most current statutes, regulations and ethical standards governing the practice of marriage and family therapy and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors in California. Students will become familiar with the therapeutic, clinical, and practical considerations involved in the professions’ legal and ethical practices and current legal patterns and trends in the mental health professions. Emphasis is placed on the application of legal and ethical standards to cases, and upon learning a structured approach to ethical decision making in clinical and professional practice.
|PSC515||Clinical Skills with Latino Families and Couples (3)
PSC 515 Clinical Skills with Latino Couples & Families (3) *This experiential course focuses on the applications of systems theories to Latino families and couples. Students will learn assessment and intervention techniques with attention to the systemic context of the client.
|PSC538D||Professional Orientation (1) *
PSC 538D Professional Orientation (1) *In this course students are oriented towards beginning practice in their traineeships as licensed professionals and developing professional persona. The policies and procedures of the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) including knowledge of the required paperwork and regulations involving training that meets BBS standards are covered. Students will gain an overview of the licensure process and their responsibilities and limitations at the Trainee level. Professional persona is addressed and a vocational component helps prepare students to apply for and interview with training sites.
|Fifth Quarter||(12 units)|
|PSC650B||Practicum I: Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Management (2)
PSC 650B Practicum I: Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Management (2)This practicum course is focused on the skills needed in the early stages of treatment including establishment of the therapeutic relationship, identification of critical issues and factors related to healthy functioning. Students learn to conduct a comprehensive interview to obtain an assessment of the case with a family, social, economic, and medical context, as well as the standard for documentation of the evaluation. The course also addresses the identification of psychosocial stressors, emergent issues, and crisis situations in order to target them for immediate intervention and establishing treatment goals.
|PSC531A||Intimate Relationships (3)
PSC 531A Intimate Relationships (3)In this course, students examine relationships of intimacy, including same-sex and opposite-sex partnering, and marriage. Systemic theories and processes for facilitating change in intimate relationships will be explored, including attachment theory, solution focused theory, brief strategic therapy, cognitive-behavioral theory, psychodynamic theory, and research based methods. This course will provide students with an intermediate – advanced level of learning in theoretical knowledge, multicultural competence, clinical skills, interpersonal competence, and critical thinking in working with couples.
|PSC516||The Process of Bilingual Group Psychotherapy (3)
PSC 516 The Process of Bilingual Group Psychotherapy (3)This course serves as an introduction to the theories and concepts of bilingual group psychotherapy including group development, membership, and dynamic processes. Students will learn about the curative power of group therapy, leadership skills and treatment strategies and how cultural factors affect group behavior. All students participate in the classroom process group under the supervision of the instructor and an opportunity is provided to practice group facilitation skills in Spanish.
|PSC546||Psychopharmacology for Therapists (3) *
Psychopharmacology for Therapists (3)This course covers fundamentals of psychopharmacology needed to inform practitioners when referring clients for psychotropic medication consultations and in working collaboratively with psychiatrists. Students will learn the various classifications of psychotropic medications, their indications, contraindications and efficacies. Attention will be given to the diagnostic criteria for major DSM disorders that are treatable with medication, including a list of these medications, their therapeutic dosage ranges, side effects, and drug interactions
|Sixth Quarter||(11 units)|
|PSC650C||Practicum II: Diagnosis and Treatment Planning (3)
PSC 650C Practicum II: Diagnosis & Treatment Planning (3) *In this practicum course students will focus on the assessment and diagnosis of psychological disorders. Students will learn to write a basic treatment plan that addresses goals for psychotherapy and to make community referrals for collaborative treatment services. Students working in a training site will discuss cases in class with a focus on evaluation and treatment planning.
|PSC530||Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents (3)
PSC 530 Psychotherapy with Children & Adolescents (3) *This course focuses on the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents. Students learn to assess and integrate the child or adolescent’s developmental, social, cultural, educational, and familial context in the formulation of a clinical case conceptualization and treatment plan.
|PSC545A||Substance Related Disorders and Other Addictive Behaviors (3) *
PSC 545A Substance Related Disorders & Other Addictive Behaviors (3) *This course addresses the major substance related disorders and other addictive processes. It includes a comparative study of different diagnostic, therapeutic, and theoretical approaches to the treatment of these disorders. Additional topics include a classification of the major substances of abuse and other objects of addiction, the impact on families, the impact on society, and cultural sensitivity when working with diverse populations.
|PSC563||Loss and Bereavement (2)
PSC 563 Loss and Bereavement (2) *This professional counseling course focuses on issues related to the loss of physical and cognitive functions, dying, and death and other losses that naturally accompany the aging process. Theories of bereavement and loss, caregiver stress, and cultural differences are applied to clinical issues of grief and mourning and caregiver coping and burnout within the family context.
|Seventh Quarter||(12.5 units)|
|PSC650D||Practicum III: Clinical Interventions (3)
PSC 650D Practicum III: Clinical Interventions (3) *This practicum course focuses on providing individual and family interventions, including the use of evidence based treatments and the effects of trauma. A systemic perspective is emphasized that examines social, community, family, and cultural systems (including uses and abuses of technology), and points of intervention as they interface with psychological health, resiliency and wellness. Boundary, confidentiality issues, therapist use of self, and objective and subjective countertransferential issues will be examined.
|PSC505||Clinical Skills in the Multicultural Context (3)
PSC 505 Clinical Skills in the Multicultural Context (3) *This experiential course builds on the student’s developing multicultural awareness and clinical skills repertoire. Students are introduced to culturally responsive assessment practices and work to develop case conceptualization and treatment planning skills that integrate knowledge about cultural influences and identities as well as the concepts of oppression, power, poverty, and acculturation into their clinical practice.
|PSC551||Community Mental Health (3)
PSC 551 Community Mental Health (3) *This course examines the theories, history, research, and practice of community mental health as a foundation for effective community based treatments for people with serious mental illness. The biopsychosocial factors that support this population’s ability to live as symptom free as possible, with the highest quality of life in the least restrictive environment will be examined. Additionally, evidence based methods and promising practices of rehabilitation, recovery, and empowerment for currently served and underserved people with serious mental illness will be explored.
|PSC555A||Dual Diagnosis: Substance Related and Co-Occurring Disorders (1.5) *
PSC 555A Dual Diagnosis: Substance Related & Co-occurring Disorders (1.5) *This course examines the evaluation and treatment of individuals with co-occurring mental illnesses and substance related disorders. Topics include diagnosing common co-occurring disorders, risk factors for development, and the interrelationship of these disorders. Students will learn about evidence-based Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment (IDDT), and other specific approaches targeted to this population such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. Referral resources for these disorders will also be identified and investigated.
|PSC507H||Advanced Family Therapy: Special Populations (2) *
PSC 507H Advanced Family Therapy: Special Populations (2) *This course is designed to teach students in-depth skills in working with specific populations. Students will learn about characteristic psychological and social issues associated with specific client populations and/or disorders and the most promising mental health treatments related to those populations.
|Eighth Quarter||(11 units)|
|PSC650E||Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills (3)
PSC 650E Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills (3) *This course is the capstone course of the program and covers the integration of theory and professional practice. The theoretical foundations of clinical psychology are reviewed and used as a basis for clinical cases conceptualization. Students learn to plan interventions over the course (stages) of psychotherapy, write case conceptualization reports, document short and long term plans and terminate treatment effectively.
|PSC532||Trauma Counseling (3)
PSC 532 Trauma Counseling (3) *This course examines the cognitive, behavioral and neurological effects associated with traumatic situations and experiences. Assessment strategies and intervention principles for individuals with trauma-related psychological disorders are addressed.
|PSC537B||Human Sexuality and Counseling (3)
PSC 537B Human Sexuality & Counseling (3) *In this course students examine biological, psychological, psychosocial, and cultural aspects of sexuality in order to gain an appreciation for the diversity of human sexual response. The course also covers psychosexual disorders and their treatment. Students will have the opportunity to explore their values regarding sexual behavior as it relates to their work as therapists
|PSC507I||Advanced Family Therapy: Evidence-Based Practice (2) *
PSC 507I Advanced Family Therapy: Evidence-based Practice (2) *This course is designed to teach students in-depth skills of an evidence-based treatment approach. Through a focused study of an evidence-based therapy, students learn to use the theory to conceptualize a case, plan treatment, and apply the associated techniques.
|Total Units 90|