Program Overview

Antioch University’s MA in Clinical Psychology Program is a professional training program for those who want to meet the growing demand for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT’s) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC’s). The Program meets the educational requirements of the Board of Behavioral Sciences as specified in the CA Business and Professional Code section 4980.36.


Critical thinking. Professional integrity. Diverse approaches. Theoretical framework. Small classroom experiences. Each of these program priorities defines AUSB’s Clinical Psychology degree. As a student in the program, you will be treated as a peer and future colleague from the very start of your learning experience.

The core components of the program include:

  • 90-unit degree program designed to be completed in 24 months/8 quarters of consecutive, full-time study
  • Two program concentrations: Latino Mental Health (90-unit program) and Healthy Aging (96-unit program)
  • 90-unit Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) program
  • Courses offered year-round, with flexible options for students with employment and family responsibilities

The MACP program’s mission is to foster an experiential and interpersonal learning environment in which the life experience and diversity of each student are valued. Our educational approach is cooperative, egalitarian, and transformative.

Through our program, we guide students in their development of the following professional and personal qualities:

  • Life-long learners
  • Self-aware and self-reflective
  • Social justice-oriented
  • Sensitive to others and their unique needs and perspectives
  • Aware of diverse community needs
  • Passion for engagement in services that benefit local and global community
  • Critical thinkers who question one’s assumptions and biases, psychological theories and practices, and the profession
  • Professionals who value integrity and ethical behavior
  • Fluent in current practices and effective approaches

AUSB strives for each student to acquire the following program outcomes:

Demonstrate satisfactory mastery of the theoretical basis of professional psychology including Theories of Psychotherapy, Human Development, Psychological Assessment, Research Methods, and Psychopathology.

Demonstrate developmentally appropriate skills related to psychotherapeutic relationships, evaluation and intervention.

Demonstrate the ability to apply the legal and ethical guidelines of the profession and to enact behaviors related to functioning and demeanor as a professional, e.g. submitting work on time, understanding of the professional role.

Acquire knowledge, skills and awareness of the impact of culture on clients and awareness of themselves as cultural beings in order to practice effectively with a diverse client population.

Demonstrate a demeanor that is clinically appropriate by showing awareness of the impact of oneself on others, keeping the personal from intruding upon the professional, demonstrating self-reflective capability, and accepting feedback without being overly defensive.

Demonstrate the ability to articulate thoughts about psychological principles clearly and succinctly.

Demonstrate the ability to problem solve and to critique the profession by evaluating psychological theories and practices using an analytic frame.

Students demonstrate achievement of competencies in a final professional paper and presentation in a Capstone course.

Clinical traineeships are an integral component of the MACP program. These experiences prepare students for psychotherapy and counseling work, and the training is completed under the supervision of a licensed professional.

The clinical training portion includes:

  • 225 hours of face-to-face counseling experience with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups are required.
  • The Healthy Aging concentration requires that 75 of the 225 client hours include in-person contact and/or client advocacy with older individuals and their families.
  • The Latino Mental Health concentration requires that 75 of the 225 client hours include in-person contact and/or client advocacy with Latino or Hispanic clients.