Antioch University’s MA in Clinical Psychology Program Focuses on Underserved Populations

MACP Healthy AgingAntioch University Los Angeles was featured this week in a New York Times article for their Psychology program providing specialized training for LGBTQ-affirming therapists. This unique training is in keeping with the overall Antioch mission of commitment to social justice in preparing future practitioners for multicultural competence and focusing on under-served populations.

“Here on the Antioch University Santa Barbara campus, the MA in Clinical Psychology program is deeply committed to this mission by preparing therapists for working with two of the largest and most under-served populations in our country: Latino communities and elders,” said MACP program chair Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson.

To this aim, AUSB offers students in the MACP the opportunity to pursue concentrations in Healthy Aging or Latino Mental Health. Students enrolled in the program meet all requirements to become California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists and, can also opt to focus on either these areas of specialization at no extra cost. Full time students in either concentration can complete the Program with an MA in Clinical Psychology within two years.

MACP Latino Mental HealthThe concentration in Healthy Aging offers a cutting edge, preventative-wellness model in counseling older adults, their families, and caregivers. Students completing the program with a specialization in Healthy Aging are entering a market  in critical need of experts in the fast growing field of elder health and mental health services.  The concentration in Latino Mental Health provides knowledge and skills needed to work with Latino individuals, families, and communities and meets the growing demand to fill the shortage of qualified, licensed for bilingual therapists.

Posted on July 14, 2016

Elizabeth Wolfson to Present on the Late-Life Creativity of Bob Dylan at Conference

Elizabeth WolfsonDr. Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, and chair of the Masters in Clinical Psychology program at Antioch University Santa Barbara, will be presenting a talk on “Late-Life Love, Creativity and Wisdom” at the 2016 Creativity and Madness Conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico, drawing from the poetic and musical creative expression of the iconic 75-year-old singer songwriter, Bob Dylan.

Dr. Wolfson’s talk discusses the evolution of Dylan’s career with a focus on his later works, offering a unique window into contemporary perspectives on aging. Drawing from Dylan’s poetry and performance, the presentation discusses how the nostalgia and longing dovetail with late-life wisdom to offer rich opportunities for enriched love, creativity, and well-being. The topic of late-life opportunity is of increasing importance and interest as world culture is being shaped by one of the world’s fastest growing populations.

The talk is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at 9:30 a.m. In addition, on Wednesday, July 20 at noon, Dr. Wolfson will present a preview of the Santa Fe talk for the AUSB community in Community Hall on campus.

“My presentation will demonstrate how Dylan’s creative journey toward the twilight of his life has taken him back to his musical and emotional roots while offering poignant observations on late-life opportunity,” Dr. Wolfson said in a video interview about her presentation.

Dr. Wolfson’s talk will touch upon many of the topics taught in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration, which focuses on a strength based, integrative counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families.

“The presentation will refute commonly held notions that creativity and passion fade with age,” she said. “In fact, the opposite is true. Dylan’s contemporary work demonstrates how late-life awareness of mortality converges at a crossroads of wisdom, nostalgia, and longing. And it is at this crossroads that creativity flourishes.”

Dr. Wolfson will talk about how mental health professionals can use this insight to help clients of all ages as well as in later life.

The Creativity and Madness Conference is produced by the American Institute for Medical Education (AIMED) and is focused on the psychology of artists and the creative process. More information on the conference is at

The MACP program at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. Students gain the practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of counseling, as well as the skills to work with diverse client needs and perspectives. Learn more at

Posted on July 11, 2016

Healthy Aging Students Receive Caregiver Support Training Grant

Caregiver Scholarship recipients
Cindy Mayer, Kattie Bachar, Bianca Ruvalcaba, Amanda Lopez, and Janine DeWitt.

Five students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara MA in Clinical Psychology program have received scholarships through the new Caregiver Support Training Program.

The five students – Kattie Bachar, Janine DeWitt, Amanda Lopez, Cindy Mayer, and Bianca Ruvalcaba – are all in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration.

The Caregiver Support Training Program is a collaboration between Family Service Agency, the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter, and AUSB that will address the shortage of caregiver services in Santa Barbara County. It is funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

Caregiver Support Training Program
Donna Beal, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association; Mariela Marin, Director of Clinical Training, Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program, AUSB; Lisa Brabo, Executive Director, Family Service Agency; Elizabeth Wolfson, Chair, Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program, AUSB; Cynthia McNulty, Senior Services Program Manager, Family Service Agency.

“The program will be the first in the Santa Barbara area to ensure that professionals already engaged in graduate education in healthy aging are on the front lines of providing support for those who care for elderly family members,” said Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, Chair of the MACP program.

Dr. Wolfson said the scholarships will help students who otherwise may not be able to pursue this course of study as well as encouraging MACP students to enroll in the growing Healthy Aging concentration.

For further information about the Caregiver Support Training Program, contact Cynthia McNulty at 805.965.1001 x226 or; students interested in participating should contact Dr. Wolfson at 805.962.8179 x 5155 or

About the Healthy Aging concentration

AUSB’s Healthy Aging concentration is unique in its focus on a strength based, holistic counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families. Students in the Healthy Aging concentration meet all course requirements towards MFT licensure while focusing on the psychological, physical, and social needs of the growing population of older adults and their families.

About the MA in Clinical Psychology program

The Masters in Clinical Psychology degree at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. You will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of counseling, as well as the skills to work with diverse client needs and perspectives.

Posted March 11, 2016

Almost 150 AUSB Students Celebrate Commencement

2015 Antioch University Santa Barbara CommencementAlmost 150 Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) students walked across the stage to collect their hard-earned diplomas at the Fess Parker Doubletree Resort on Friday, June 19, and transitioned from student to alumni.

At this year’s commencement, 147 students received degrees from AUSB’s academic programs. Of those, 77 received their Bachelor of Arts degrees; 13 completed the Graduate Education and Credentialing program; 42 finished the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program; 5 received their Master’s in Psychology degrees; and 10 completed the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program.

Dr. Nancy Leffert, AUSB President, and Victoria Riskin, chair of the AUSB Board of Trustees, gave welcoming remarks, and Lynn Houston, who received her BA from AUSB in 2011 and was honored with this year’s Distinguished Graduate Award, spoke on behalf of the alumni.

2015 Antioch University Santa Barbara Commencement“It is my honor this year, as it is every year, to usher a new class of Antioch graduates into the world to continue the good work they have already begun on furthering their careers and professional lives,” Leffert said.

Linda Hoover, who graduated from the PsyD program, and Miranda Rich, a Bachelor of Arts graduate with concentrations in Communication & Media and Marketing, were named as the commencement student speakers.

“Being selected as a commencement speaker is the crowning jewel in my academic journey,” Hoover said. “I am honored by the privilege to represent the PsyD program and graduates this year.”

“My Antioch experience taught me that the goal of my education was not to leave knowing the threats that exist today but is to leave having the passion to fight them,” Rich said.

Susan Lang, MA, an affiliate faculty member at AUSB, received the 5th Annual Award for Excellence in Teaching at the ceremony.

Lang has taught at AUSB for over 15 years in both the Graduate Education and Bachelor of Arts programs and routinely receives stellar student evaluations. Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost Dr. Barbara Lipinski wrote that Susan’s “dedication to student learning and success in the areas of child development, psychology, and education is commendable. She brings innovative learning techniques that make the material in challenging courses accessible and comprehensible.”

View over 180 photos from the 2015 Commencement ceremony on the AUSB Facebook page.


Elizabeth Wolfson Named to Board of SB CAMFT

Elizabeth WolfsonDr. Elizabeth Wolfson, the chair of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s MA in Clinical Psychology program, has joined the Board of Directors of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Santa Barbara Chapter.

As Program Co-Chair, Dr. Wolfson will be involved in developing community education programs and events.

“I am delighted and honored to be a member of this Board, which plays such a significant role in the professional identity and life of our community’s practitioners,” Dr. Wolfson said. “I am particularly excited about opportunities for collaboration between SB CAMFT and Antioch University. One important component of this will be to support the professional evolution of MA Clinical Psychology students, many of whom are training to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists.”

The MA in Clinical Psychology program provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to mental wellness and therapeutic practice. At the core of this degree is a strong emphasis on advocating for and creating positive individual and community change, particularly within the two optional concentrations in Healthy Aging and Latino Mental Health.

MACP Program Presents ‘Healing Trauma’ Seminar

W.-Elliott-Head-ShotAntioch University Santa Barbara’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program presents “Healing Trauma Through the Body-Mind Connection” on Saturday, Nov. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Hall on campus.

Wendy Elliott, MA, LPCC, SEP, BC-DMT, will lead the seminar, co-sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Santa Barbara chapter, which will focus on how to heal trauma through the body-mind connection.

Drawing from the emerging field of somatic psychology and interpersonal neurobiology, this workshop provides participants with a basic understanding of how awareness, body, breath, mindfulness, and movement are integrated in the therapy session.

Participants in the workshop will:

  1. Gain understanding in the fields of somatic psychology, somatic experiencing, dance-movement therapy, and mindfulness based psychotherapy. 
  2. Understand the neurophysiology of emotions and behavior.
  3. Observe the connection between the nervous system, cognitive schemas, and emotional self-regulation. 
  4. Summarize how the stress response and unresolved trauma influence emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and body. 
  5. Learn to integrate awareness and movement techniques with other psychotherapy approaches. 

Presenter Wendy Elliott is a licensed counselor, board certified dance movement therapist, and somatic experiencing practitioner. She is an adjunct faculty member at AUSB and also has a holistic psychotherapy practice in Ojai. She offers professional trainings that focus on how the mind-body connection may be supported within the psychotherapeutic context. 

Space is limited so please click here to register. General admission to the seminar is $110. The cost for NASW and CAMFT members as well as AUSB alumni is $90, and the cost for current AUSB students is $60. The cost includes snacks and six Continuing Education Units. Please pay at the door by cash or check payable to NASW Santa Barbara.

Learn about future events in the AUSB-NASW Seminar Series.