Meet the ever-growing demand for MFTs qualified to understand our diverse Latino communities. Help others by providing a unique bilingual healing experience, backed by a multicultural awareness and holistic approach to the counseling and psychotherapy fields. Gain a deep understanding of how individual, family, and community dynamics can inform your practice, better serving your clients and advocating for positive change on an individual and community level.
This degree is offered by AU Santa Barbara.
Bilingual students who graduate with the Latino Mental Health concentration are in high employment demand by local agencies and community organizations serving diverse populations. The curriculum aids students in bringing multicultural competencies, philosophies, and approaches to the counseling field.
This essential program option provides in-depth evaluation of the ways in which individual, family, and community dynamics can inform a clinician’s practice and support them in better serving their clients. The concentration includes:
- Courses focusing on Latino mental health
- Clinical skills within the Latino context
- Bilingual group therapy
- Intervention training to work with Latino couples and families
- All of the courses required for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the 90-unit program
Mariela Marin, adjunct faculty in the MA in Clinical Psychology program, discusses the benefits of the Latino Mental Health concentration in Spanish:
El programa de Maestra de Psicologia con un Enfoque en la Salud Mental de Latinos le provee estudiantes con una educacion comprensiva y los prepara para servir su comunidad efectivamente. Es un programa que prepara a uno para tener exito en su carrera y contribuir en el mundo de una manera positiva y profunda.
- Total Units 90 for LMH MFT (or 99 units with Optional 9th quarter MFT/LPCC)
- This concentration meets the requirements for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist and focuses on Latino clients.
- Students are required to be bilingual in English and Spanish to enroll in this program
- Theories of Psychotherapy in Context
- Human Development and Diversity
- Latino Mental Health
- Crisis, Disaster and Emergency Response *
- Research Methods
- Psychopathology *
- Clinical Skills I: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship in the Latino Context
- Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy
- Lifespan Human Development: The Older Adult *
- Theories of Family Systems
- Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapeutic Process with Latino Clients
- Professional Ethics and the Law
- Psychological Assessment: Evaluating Individuals and Systems in Context *
- Clinical Skills with Latino Families and Couples
- Group Theories
- Practicum: Professional Orientation -w-
- Domestic Violence: Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse
- Practicum I: Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Intervention
- The Process of Bilingual Group Psychotherapy
- Intimate Relationships
- Psychopharmacology for Therapists *
- Practicum II: Treatment Planning and Clinical Interventions with Latino Clients
- Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
- Substance Related Disorders and Other Addictive Behaviors *
- Loss and Bereavement -w-
- Practicum III: Case Conceptualization with Latino Clients
- Clinical Skills in the Multicultural Context
- Advanced Family Therapy: Special Populations -w-
- Community Mental Health
- Dual Diagnosis: Substance Related and Co-Occurring Disorders *
- Practicum IV: Integrating Clinical Skills
- Advanced Family Therapy: Evidence-Based Practice *
- Trauma Counseling
- Human Sexuality and Counseling *
Optional Fall Quarter to add LPCC coursework:
- Evaluation Outcome and Research *
- Social and Cultural Factors of Assessment and Evaluation *
- Career Theories and Practice in the System *
- Psychopharmacology for Therapists *
* = online/hybrid or weekend
w = weekend only
The MA in Clinical Psychology program and all concentrations, including Latino Mental Health, begins in Fall and Winter Quarters.
How to Apply
For the Latino Mental Health concentration, see admissions information for the MA in Clinical Psychology.