Antioch University’s MA in Clinical Psychology Program is a professional training program for those who want to become 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.

Program Overview

Our primary goal is to prepare competent psychotherapists who can provide therapeutic services in the local community and to the larger society.  To meet this goal, the Program emphasizes the academic, practical, and personal knowledge that will enable each graduate to become competent in diagnosis, treatment planning, and psychological interventions with individuals, couples, and families. Multicultural competence and ethical practices are also emphasized. Our graduates are an integral part of the Santa Barbara professional community who benefit from the strong reputation Antioch has for Master’s level professionals. We employ instructors who are active professionals working in community settings or private practice, and who have contemporary knowledge of the skills required to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor.

Program Design

An Antioch classroom experience emphasizes the development of self-awareness of one’s beliefs and values as well as a critical examination of the profession. By emphasizing professional integrity, ethical behavior, critical thinking, and reflective self-evaluation, we encourage students to question their assumptions and biases, as well as the psychological theories and practices of the profession. Classes at Antioch are small and enable students to interact closely with other learners and with the faculty.

Antioch’s Clinical Psychology program is a 90-unit graduate degree program that is designed to be completed after 24 months (eight quarters) of consecutive full-time study. There are also two program concentrations available: Latino Mental Health and Healthy Aging. The Latino Mental Health concentration is also a 90-unit program. The Healthy Aging concentration is an 96-unit program. The Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor track is also a 90-unit program. Classes are offered year-round and options are available for adults with work and family responsibilities, including class scheduling that allows students to attend on-campus classes only one day per week, with an online learning component. Curriculum for the core program and both concentrations can be found in the Curriculum section.

Program Goals

Our mission is to foster an experiential and interpersonal learning environment in which the life experience and diversity of each student are valued. Our education is cooperative, egalitarian, and transformative. Students are our colleagues in teaching and learning. We hope to guide students in becoming more self-aware, reflective, sensitive to others and their uniqueness, aware of the diverse needs of the surrounding community, and more connected to and willing to provide service to the local community and larger society. We stress critical thinking that questions one’s assumptions and biases, psychological theories and practices, and the profession. We emphasize integrity, ethical behavior and reflective self-evaluation with the aim of encouraging students to ask questions and make decisions consistent with the values of social justice. We strive to impart current knowledge and teach effective skills, but hold the value that educational and personal change are life long processes to be continued.

To this end we want our students to acquire the following program outcomes:

Theoretical Knowledge – Students will demonstrate satisfactory mastery of the theoretical basis of professional psychology including Theories of Psychotherapy, Human Development, Psychological Assessment, Research Methods, and Psychopathology.

Clinical Skills – Students will be able to demonstrate developmentally appropriate skills related to psychotherapeutic relationships, evaluation and intervention.

Professional/Ethical Awareness – Students will 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.

Multicultural Competence – Students will 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.

Interpersonal Competence – Students will 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.

Writing Competence – Students will demonstrate the ability to articulate their thoughts about psychological principles clearly and succinctly.

Critical Thinking – Students can demonstrate their ability to problem solve and to critique the profession by evaluating psychological theories and practices using an analytic frame.
Students will be evaluated in a final professional paper and performance in a Capstone course on their ability to integrate information from diverse subfields of clinical psychology into a coherent understanding of human behavior.

Clinical Training

As part of the degree program, students participate in clinical traineeships within community agencies that provide them with experience in psychotherapy and counseling under the supervision of a licensed professional. Students are required to accrue 225 hours of face-to-face counseling experience with individuals, couples, families, and/or groups. For students enrolled in the Healthy Aging Concentration, 75 of their 225 face to face client hours must include face to face contact and/or client advocacy with older adults and their families. For students enrolled in the Latino Mental Health Concentration, 75 of their 225 hours must include face to face contact and/or client advocacy with Latino or Hispanic clients.

Enrollment Metrics

MA Clinical Psychology Program Enrollment Metrics
Includes both full-time and part-time students.
Graduation rate – based on 2006-2010 cohort.
87.2% – 4 year graduation rate.
Retention Rate (1 Year) based on 2010-2011 cohort – 100%