Academic Program


The following curriculum outlines the Latina/o specific courses offered in the Latina/o mental health emphasis. The remainder of the courses and curriculum follow the general requirements for our Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program. The general requirement courses are listed below. The Psychology in Latin American course (PSY 670) is offered as an elective for those students who wish to travel internationally during the summer.

 *Latina/o specific courses are taken one day a week per semester at the Irvine campus.

PSY 672

PSY 673
Spanish Language and Culture: Beginning Conversations and Understanding Linguistic Context – for students who speak minimal or no Spanish
Spanish Language and Culture in Counseling Latinas/os: Intermediate/Advanced – for students who are at an intermediate or proficient level of Spanish

PSY 674 Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Health Disorders: Latina/o Emphasis 3
PSY 675  Assessment of Individuals, Couples, and Families: Latina/o Emphasis 3
PSY 676 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Latina/o Emphasis 3
PSY 677 Multicultural Counseling: Latina/o Emphasis 3
PSY 678 Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy: Latina/o Emphasis 3
PSY 679 Individual, Couple, and Family Development: A Life Cycle Approach, Latina/o Emphasis 3
PSY 662

PSY 663
Clinical Practicum
Bilingual Clinical Practicum: Latina/o Emphasis – only available to students who are providing services in Spanish in their practicum sites


670: Psychology in Latin America - This course examines culture from an international perspective through an immersion experience in Latin America. The course prepares students to conceptualize, plan, and implement culturally responsive interventions with Latin American individuals and families.

The courses listed below are considered foundational courses to all of our master's programs, including the Latina/o mental health emphasis. Students who have completed any of these courses at the undergraduate level may seek permission to waive such courses, provided they were completed at a regionally accredited institution, within the last seven years, at a grade of "B" or better. Additionally, students can test out of these courses while enrolled in the program. Foundation courses taken at the graduate level may be waived or transferred (maximum of 6 semester units for transfers). Permission to waive or transfer credits should be requested at the time of admission.

Code Course Units
PSY 657 Psychopathology   3
PSY 659 Behavioral Principles and Theories of Learning  3

The courses listed below follow the general requirements for the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program. These courses may be taken at any one of our campuses, including West Los Angeles, Irvine, and Encino.

Code Course Units
PSY 606 Interpersonal Skills and Group Therapy 3
PSY 623  Ethics and Law for Mental Health Professionals 
PSY 624 Individual and Family Treatment of Substance Abuse 
PSY 626  Research and Evaluation Methods for Mental Health Professionals 
PSY 627  Psychopharmacology for Mental Health Professionals  
PSY 628  Human Sexuality and Intimacy  
PSY 639 Couple and Family Therapy I 
PSY 640  Couple and Family Therapy II 
PSY 642 Mental Health Systems, Practice, and Advocacy  
PSY 661 Preparation for Practicum 
PSY 668 Clinical Interventions with Children and Adolescents  
PSY 669 Trauma in Diverse Populations
PSY 671  Career Development Theory and Techniques