Jul 13, 2024  
University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Antioch University Santa Barbara

AU Santa Barbara

Welcome to Antioch University Santa Barbara!

Dear Students,

It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to you as you begin your undergraduate and graduate careers in our innovative academic programs. At Antioch University Santa Barbara we are dedicated to providing an outstanding learner centered environment where every student can achieve his or her potential for success. You will soon discover that your program will serve an important role in your personal and professional life by laying a strong academic foundation for reflective practice and service to others.

My office and the faculty and staff in your academic program are here to support your success as a member of our learning community. The accomplished faculties are at the heart of your education, and are committed to providing effective learning outcomes in your courses in addition to your outside field experiences. Integrating theory and practice will be modeled well.

Our focus on academic excellence involves a thorough understanding of your discipline’s content areas, the ability to think critically, communicate clearly, and engage in community, societal, and global issues. And as our campus purpose statement indicates, our faculty, staff, and administrators strive to nurture and model personal integrity, based upon the values of ethical behavior, intellectual honesty, and tolerance for the beliefs, ideas, and cultural experiences of others.

Staff will also assist you in significant ways including advising, facilitating your registration, answering financial aid questions, assisting with reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, and helping you to learn your way around the university. Staff members will be invaluable throughout your academic experience.

The Learning Commons, a pivotal area of student support, houses the Library and Writing Center. Research and writing support services are also available. Please do take advantage of the range of student services that are offered.

From my perspective as the provost, this is a pivotal moment for Antioch University Santa Barbara during the COVID-19 public health emergency amidst the heightened awareness of issues of racial, economic, and societal injustice in our country. Given the quality of our programs, the dedication of faculty, our tradition of inspiring social action, and most significantly, our entering class of students, we are positioned to impact our communities in creative and transformative ways, as we move further into this 21st century together.

May you have a meaningful and rewarding academic year!

Barbara Lipinski, PhD, JD
Provost and CEO
Antioch University Santa Barbara

Campus Leadership

Provost: Barbara Lipinski
Director of Student Services: Ryan Kasmier
Director of Student Accounts: TBA
Director of Financial Aid: Jennifer Mahone
Associate University Registrar: Gabby Gonzalez
Director of Disability Support Services: Ryan Kasmier
Primary Designated School Official (international student support): Emee Dacanay (AULA)
School Certifying Official (VA Benefits): Ryan Kasmier
Director of Library Services: Christine Forte

Campus Academic Calendar

Please click here to view the Antioch University Santa Barbara Academic Calendar.


AUSB Undergraduate Studies

Since its inception in 1977, the Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) Bachelor of Arts degree program has been academically rigorous and intellectually challenging. AUSB’s program provides a liberal education in which adult students engage in a wide range of learning activities.

The Undergraduate Program is a degree completion program designed for students who have already completed a substantial amount of college work elsewhere. Students enter AUSB with a minimum of 36 quarter (24 semester) credits in transfer and a maximum of 135 quarter (90 semester) credits from an accredited community college or 4-year college or university. Students must have a minimum of 45 credits at AUSB.

Undergraduate students put theoretical learning into practice through a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities that are woven into every course. Students can further develop their skills through internships, practicums, independent studies and service learning in the community. AUSB students routinely secure internships in schools, health agencies, art organizations, businesses, senior centers, environmental organizations, advocacy groups, and other community settings. Some students earn credit through new learning in their present employment settings.

Degree Options
Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies provides students with a modern liberal arts education to broaden their understanding of self, world and contemporary issues. The AUSB BA Program has the most flexible scheduling options and is designed to help students explore and develop their own interests and to enhance or enrich a direction in life that is meaningful to self, to others and to society. There are several concentration options for students to choose from.

Bachelor of Arts in Management

The BA in Management is for people who want to explore the roles, responsibilities, and ownership needed to build a positive working environment, develop as an emotionally conscious leader, and explore ways to advance social and human justice ideals. Students will explore the application of business principles needed to build and strengthen human and social enterprises; provide a foundation to understand and lead change in a diverse and complex culture; and develop skills for innovative leadership.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

The BA in Psychology is designed to provide students with a foundation in psychological theory and research. Students will develop competencies in writing and interpersonal communication; as well as develop psychology-specific skills for effective self-reflection, project management, and teamwork. Psychology students will also engage with ethics and socially responsible behaviors for professional and personal settings. This versatile degree provides students a wide range of possibilities for both career choices and graduate work.

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies

If you’ve gained valuable technical expertise through your current trade and are ready for professional advancement, finishing your bachelor’s degree in one of our three Applied Studies degrees at AUSB can help you maximize that experience. Expand upon your practical knowledge by applying your previous technical and vocational training - such as design, hospitality, culinary arts, auto mechanics, medical trades, and more - toward the completion of an undergraduate degree. AUSB helps you connect your technical expertise to an academic experience that makes you a more effective problem-solver with critical thinking and leadership skills. The program can also prepare you for Antioch graduate degrees, particularly in business administration, psychology, education, and creative writing, depending upon your interests and academic preparation.

The BA in Applied Studies degree gives students who have technical training in a distinct area the forum to build upon previously acquired skills by developing a broader contextual understanding of their profession while advancing academically. Students will critically examine and gain a deeper understanding of the principles of your profession, moving toward a more systems-thinking approach. Studies will expand your skills in written and oral communication, foster problem-solving and critical thinking skills, and develop your ability to consider the social and ethical context of your profession.

The BA in Applied Arts & Media degree is ideal for people with technical skills in art, design, and media (such as makeup design, video editing and post-production, or set design) who want to more fully understand the context and business side of their industry. The major focuses on preparing students to use arts in today’s media-rich environment. You’ll view art from a historical and cultural perspective while exploring how the use of art and media has evolved into a platform central to effective marketing and communication. You’ll also gain crucial skills and problem-solving strategies specific to the arts and media fields that will make you a more effective professional.

The BS in Applied Technology & Business Leadership degree is ideal for people in technology business professions -such as auto mechanics and medical technology - who want to deepen their understanding of practical skills central to advancement in their field. You will focus on leadership perspectives, planning, and business tools and how to use them in an ethical and socially conscious context. You’ll also gain the interpersonal skills needed to advance yourself effectively within your field.

The Mission of the Undergraduate Program at AUSB

AUSB offers students a Bachelor of Arts degrees in Liberal Studies, Management, Psychology, and Applied Studies as well as a Bachelor of Science in Applied Studies degree that each produce globally aware citizens and socially responsible leaders. Through the integration of academic and experiential learning, AUSB students acquire key intellectual and professional tools including analytical and problem-solving skills, critical and creative thinking, effective communication skills, self-awareness, and intercultural competence. The curriculum provides an innovative, student-centered, contemporary liberal education that uniquely prepares students for graduate studies and professional success in their chosen careers.

The Program Core Purposes of the Undergraduate Program at Antioch University Santa Barbara are infused throughout the academic curriculum, reflecting the intention of the faculty to provide a broad, meaningful, learner-centered, and well-balanced education. The Program Core Purposes are discussed in the course work and include:

  • Engage in critical inquiry that employs relevant sources and methods
  • Consider diverse perspectives, including opposing points of view and marginalized voices
  • Connect learning with theories and experience through reflective practice
  • Analyze power, oppression, and resistance in pursuit of justice
  • Communicate effectively in oral, written, and visual forms
  • Examine issues in both local and global contexts
Learning Options

AUSB is on the eleven-week quarter system. Classes, which are all upper-division for three units, meet either face-to-face, online, or in a combination hybrid model. Face-to-face classes meet once a week for roughly three hours and meet for 10 sessions over the 11-week term, allowing for holidays. Students are expected to spend approximately 7 hours per week of non-classroom learning, such as field work, data collection, reading and/or writing.

Seminars are one-unit learning opportunities to become acquainted with subjects not in the regular course curriculum. Seminars go for 6 to 8 hours in a one or two-day time period. Between 25-27 hours of non-classroom learning are also expected for the seminar option. Some seminars may require papers whereas others may require more reading or an experiential project. Seminars do not allow incompletes. Students are expected to obtain reading materials or other related materials prior to the seminar and are notified about these requirements. Some seminars have assignments which must be completed before the class meets.

Outside Learning Activities

Internships, practicum, independent studies, and concurrent learning allow students to:

  • obtain learning experiences central to educational goals;
  • pursue a topic in greater depth than a classroom setting allows; and,
  • put theoretical learning into practice outside the University setting.

Internships and practicums are field-based learning activities that take place in an applied setting (business, community organization, high school, senior center, etc.). The student is evaluated by the internship/practicum supervisor. Unlike internship placements at the Master’s level (which have the purpose of professional training), undergraduate internships and practicums focus on five primary goals which:

  • allow students to provide service to the community;
  • provide students opportunities to apply classroom learning to community problems;
  • allow students to learn new theoretical ideas in experiential contexts;
  • expose students to “real-life” social conditions of various workplaces and populations; and,
  • give students the opportunity to explore particular work roles and settings in order to make better career choices.

Another option, the Independent Study, is an activity in which the student pursues specific reading, writing, research, experiences and/or competencies on their own, based on a contract established in advance with the evaluator.

Concurrent Learning refers to a course taken at another institution and transferred to Antioch.

Prior Experiential Learning

Prior Learning is college-level learning that occurred (1) outside accredited college classes, and (2) after high school and before enrollment at Antioch. Students sometimes confuse an internship or independent study with Prior Learning. Internships, independent studies, and concurrent learning take place during the student’s residency at Antioch, whereas Prior Learning took place before the student entered Antioch. Many adult students enter Antioch’s program with college level learning they acquired in such diverse settings as their workplace, home, or volunteer activities.

Students who plan to document prior learning for credit are required to take a course entitled PLA 1000.SB Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice before beginning the documentation process. AUSB adheres to the standards recommended by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Students may register for a Prior like any other course. It is recommended that the student speak with their Advisor before registering. Prior Experiential Learning is limited to a maximum of 45 quarter credits. Prior credits may be earned if the student does not have 135 credits at the time of transfer, and only in order to reach 135 credits.


Degree Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies

Because each Antioch BA student’s educational plan is individualized, it is helpful for the student to become familiar in detail with the following degree requirements. The Educational Foundations class (first quarter requirement) also helps students understand and plan how to fulfill these requirements. In this section, requirements are first listed, then explained in more detail. Courses and requirements listed below are subject to change.

  1. Total Credit Requirement: 180 minimum to 200 maximum quarter credits overall.
  2. Residency Requirement: The residency requirement specifies that a minimum of 45 quarter credits must be earned at Antioch University. Credits earned from documentation of Prior Experiential Learning do not count toward residency and are not calculated in determining full or part-time enrollment.
  3. Upper Division Requirement: At least 45 upper-division credits must be completed at Antioch University.
  4. Breadth/General Education Requirement: Students must complete a minimum of 24 quarter or 16 semester credits divided over four areas (see below). Each course only counts toward one area of the Breadth/General Education requirements. May be satisfied with transfer work (this requirement is automatically satisfied with completion of CSU GE Breadth Requirement or IGETC).

(6 quarter or 4 semester credits with at least one lower-division course in English Composition with a grade of “C” or better)

Communication is an interdisciplinary field that integrates aspects of both social sciences and the humanities in the analysis of human communications and in the expression of ideas in writing, in discussion, and in live or recorded presentation. The study of communications ranges from interpersonal communication and small group communication to mediated personal communication and mass communications. Communication studies also examines how messages are produced and for what purposes and how they are interpreted through the political, cultural, legal, historical and social dimensions of their contexts. Communication studies prepares students for future work and study in any number of diverse fields, such as law, political organizing and public affairs, marketing, advertising, public relations, consulting and many others.

  • All English writing or compositions regardless of prefix
  • Communication or Media Studies
  • Foreign Languages
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Speech
Arts & Humanities

(6 quarter or 4 semester credits with a grade “C” or better)

Courses in the arts and humanities connect us to the efforts of cultures to find meaning in the human condition reaching back to the beginning of recorded history. The many disciplines that make up the arts and humanities open up horizons of understanding about who we are and where we have come from, while also exercising our imaginations and creative engagement with our human destiny. The arts and humanities cultivate critical thinking, self-reflection, imagination, and a sense of play.


  • Dance
  • Design
  • Film & Video
  • Music
  • Painting & Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Theater Arts


  • Anthropology (cultural)
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Foreign Language & Literature
  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Philosophy
Science & Quantitative

(6 quarter or 4 semester credits with a grade “C” or better)

The science and quantitative reasoning requirement seeks to enrich students’ understanding of the physical and natural world and the scientific and mathematical concepts, theories, and principles that explain that world. Accordingly, students broaden and deepen their understanding of the diversity and interrelatedness of human knowledge through the sciences and quantitative reasoning and are better able to navigate quantitative reasoning and scientific information and frameworks.


  • Anatomy
  • Anthropology (physical)
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Studies
  • Geology
  • Geography (physical)
  • Health Science
  • Nutrition
  • Physics

Quantitative Reasoning

* Accounting
* Computer Science (intermediate and advanced)
* Finance
* Mathematics
* Research Methods
* Statistics

Social Sciences

(6 quarter or 4 semester credits with a grade “C” or better)

The social sciences involve studying the rapid emergence of the human sciences in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which earlier were modeled on the physical sciences, and have since attained their own internal forms of verification and confirmation of evidence. The contemporary social sciences involve the description and analysis of peoples and cultures, ethnic groups, and social classes from the perspectives of anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, political science, linguistics, and hybrid sciences, such as political economy, that emerged from them. Students learn the theoretical and methodological developments that have advanced our understanding of human beings, various social formations, behavioral patterns and structures, and dynamics of conflict and collaboration.

  • Addiction Studies
  • Administration
  • Anthropology (physical)
  • Business/Management
  • Communication/Media Studies
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography (cultural)
  • Gerontology
  • Human Development
  • Human Services
  • Law
  • Library Science
  • Organizational Management
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Social Services Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology

5. Core Course Requirements: The Undergraduate degree requires the completion of six 3 quarter credit competencies. These 18 quarter credits must be taken at Antioch University.

  • Educational Foundations
  • Academic Writing
  • Ethics and Leadership (choose 1 from a slate of courses)
  • Global (choose 1 from a slate of courses)
  • Research (choose 1 from a slate of courses)
  • Environmental (choose 1 from a slate of courses)


The core courses may also count as credits for the concentration-please consult your Academic Advisor when making selections.

  1. Area of Concentration Requirements: The Area of Concentration is the student’s specialized field of learning. The student may include a Concentration in their program of study. The following stipulations apply:
  • A Concentration must have a minimum of 36 quarter credits and may not exceed 60 credits.
  • At least 24 quarter credits must be upper-division taken at AUSB in the chosen Concentration
  • Concentrations may include transferred courses

Other Stipulations for BA Planning: Several other stipulations apply for BA Program planning:

  • No more than 24 quarter credits may be evaluated by a single instructor/evaluator.
  • No more than 20 quarter credits may be earned in any single outside setting such as an internship site
  • 45 upper division quarter credits must be taken at AU.
  • No more than 3 quarter credits may be included in any one Prior Experiential Learning activity.
  • Prior Experiential Learning credits may be earned if the student does not have 135 quarter credits at time of transfer, and only to reach 135 total quarter credits.
  • Prior Experiential Learning is limited to a total of 45 quarter credits. There can be no exceptions to this regulation.
Upper-Division Learning

Because Antioch University Santa Barbara offers a degree completion program, courses in the Undergraduate Program are upper-division level only. All lower-division coursework must be completed at another institution prior to transfer. Upper-division classes are numbered in the 3000s and 4000s. For internships and for all self-designed learning activities (Outside Learning Activities, Independent Studies), Antioch uses certain 3000 numbers. This numbering system is summarized as follows:

Upper Division Type of Learning Activity
3000s - 4000s Antioch Classes
3960 Independent Studies
3980 Internships and Practica

The Undergraduate program requirements must include:

  • 45 or more quarter credits of upper-division learning.
  • No more than 135 credits of lower-division learning.
  • No more than 24 credits that are successfully completed can be taken with any one instructor/evaluator.
  • Educational Foundations course and Academic Writing course to establish context and familiarize you with the skills you’ll use as you progress academically.
  • One Ethics and Leadership course, one Global Course, one Research course, and one Environmental course taken at Antioch.

The Undergraduate program requirements may include:

  • Any number of extra credits of upper-division learning beyond 45 as long as the total number of credits does not exceed 200.
  • 135 quarter credits or fewer than 135 quarter credits of lower-division learning.
  • No more than 45 credits of Prior Experiential Learning and only until the student reaches the 135 quarter credit maximum for transferable work.
Applied Studies Degrees

The Applied Studies degrees are considered a constellation of majors that share their core learning goals as well as degree requirements. Students who have 21 or more quarter credits in one cohesive technical area can transfer those credits as part of an Applied Studies major and then complete the degree program through professionally-focused learning. You will benefit from the learning approach of our liberal education model while continuing to focus on your specified career path.

The educational goals for the Applied Studies program reflect the integration of technical knowledge with liberal learning outcomes, as demonstrated by the following expected learning outcomes:

  • Application of critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Utilization of effective written and oral communication skills
  • Application of technological skills within a particular field of expertise
  • Articulation of multiple and global perspectives related to one’s professional practices
  • Analysis of how social justice issues impact professions and communities
  • The capacity for critical self-reflection, particularly regarding professional competence
  • Integration of theoretical concepts with technical training and lived experience


Graduate Psychology Programs

Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is an applied psychology program designed to prepare culturally sensitive individuals who want to be professionally licensed as Marriage and Family Therapists (LMFT) and/or as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC). The program meets the educational and training requirements of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences for professional licensure as specified in the CA Business and Professional Code Section 4980.36

Antioch’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program is designed for a diverse student body, including working adults. Classes are offered in three-hour blocks in the daytime and evenings. Additionally, some classes are offered asynchronously online or on weekends, enabling students who follow the required course of full-time study to complete their degree in 24-27 months. Flexible options may be available including part-time and cross-campus registration.


General Description

The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program provides education and training in the theory and practice of psychotherapy and meets the educational standards for a MFT and/or LPCC license in California. A licensed MFT in California is able to offer psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families to facilitate quality of life and maintain healthy family and interpersonal relationships. A Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC) is trained to provide counseling services that focuses on individual behavior and includes Career Counseling. Students pursuing their Master’s in Clinical Psychology can opt to take a course of study leading to licensure as both an MFT and PCC in line with California Board of Behavioral Sciences requirements. Students wishing to pursue the dual licensure track take all the elective courses alongside required coursework. Clinical training hours required within the MFT track is 225 hours and those opting for LPCC eligibility must complete a total of 280 hours.


Within the Master’s in Clinical Psychology Program, students also have an option of developing expertise in one of three concentrations; either Somatic Psychotherapy, Latinx Mental Health or Healthy Aging. The concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy is completed in an additional 9th quarter beyond the full- time 8 quarter completion of an MA in Clinical Psychology. The Latinx Mental and Healthy Aging Concentrations can be completed within 24 months (8 quarters) with extra course content building on the foundations for meeting MA in Clinical Psychology requirements.


The Program emphasizes the academic, practical and personal knowledge that will enable each graduate to gain competence in core areas of study in Psychology including; diagnosis, treatment planning and psychological interventions. Multicultural competence, community mental health, and ethical practices are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Training in the application of psychology is a primary goal. Graduates find career opportunities working with diverse populations in a range of settings, including mental health, non-profit, school, medical, and private practice.


The MACP Program has a mission consistent with Antioch University’s tradition of community-based education and awareness of social issues. The Program is designed to educate and train professionals in theory and practice while remaining responsive to social change. The classroom experience makes use of experiential teaching methods and a “hands-on” approach to learning, integrated with direct practice learning of psychotherapeutic skills in community-based clinical traineeships.

Students receive a solid foundation in family systems, community mental health, and developmental theories as well as an appreciation for multicultural psychology. Central to the program is the development of self-awareness, respect for diversity, broad-based clinical skills, and the capacity for critical thinking. Antioch exposes students to a variety of theoretical orientations to meet the needs of diverse populations and communities. Faculty are seasoned professionals, many of whom are actively engaged in clinical practice and/or supervision and use techniques drawn from a range of psychotherapeutic orientations and theories. Students are assisted in selecting and developing an orientation consistent with their values and worldview. Teaching methods combine lecture and discussion with experiential learning techniques. This model of learning requires that students access their personal experiences to use as a beginning reference point when acquiring new knowledge and clinical and professional skills.

Students who graduate from the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program will demonstrate

  • Theoretical Foundations of Professional Psychology

  • Clinical Skills Integration

  • Professional/Legal and Ethical Competence

  • Multicultural Competence

  • Interpersonal Competence/Clinical Suitability

  • Critical Thinking


Degree Requirements

The Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology is a 90-credit degree that meets California licensing requirements for Marriage and Family Therapists. To complete the degree, a student must meet both a credit requirement and a residency requirement. Residency is defined as the number of quarters of study for which a student must be enrolled. In the MACP program, students must be enrolled for a minimum of 90 credits and 8 full-time quarters or the equivalent. Some of the coursework requirements are satisfied through weekend and online/asynchronous courses. A full-time quarter consists of approximately 9-13 credits. All quarters of residency must be completed for graduation.

Students also have options to pursue their Master’s in Clinical Psychology Degrees with a Concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy (102 credits in 27 months), Latinx Mental Health (90 credits in 24 months) or, with a Concentration in Healthy Aging (95 credits in 24 months). The Program also offers a track for students interested in meeting qualifications for both MFT and LPCC by completing 9 additional credits of coursework required for LPCC licensure. The Latinx Mental Health, Healthy Aging concentrations, and LPCC additional coursework may be completed in 8 full-time quarters. Students must complete their degree within five calendar years of the first admission including any leaves of absence or periods of withdrawal. (See Admissions and Registration policies for further detail).


Students are able to transfer up to 9 credits of graduate psychology courses taken elsewhere if they meet Antioch University’s requirements for transfer credit. Credits must be current and no older than 5 years. To apply for transfer credit, obtain the Permission to Transfer Credits Form from the Student Services Office.


Board of Behavioral Sciences Education Requirements

Students awarded the degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University meet the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) curriculum requirements for licensure as MFTs in the State of California and, with some additional coursework, can also meet academic requirements towards LPCC licensure in California. In the event of a change in licensing requirements, the program will modify the curriculum of the clinical psychology program in order to ensure students meet California licensure requirements. It is recommended that students also maintain contact with the BBS (http://www.bbs.ca.gov) to stay informed of any changes that may affect their efforts to obtain a license. Please note that a prior felony conviction and certain misdemeanor convictions may preclude eligibility for licensure as an MFT or LPCC (Section 480 - California Business and Professions Code). 

BBS regulations specify the coursework and professional training experience that must be completed within a 90-credit degree. Degree requirements for all MFT track students include 225 face to face hours of clinical training experience.

 Students interested in licensure in a state other than California should contact that state’s professional licensing body for information on academic and clinical training requirements for licensure in that state as most states have specific course requirements unique to that jurisdiction.


Personal Psychotherapy Requirement

The Psychology Program requires all students in the Clinical Program to engage in personal therapy and to demonstrate that they have begun psychotherapy before the end of their second quarter by submitting the “Begin Personal Psychotherapy” form to the Director of Clinical Training. This requirement is based upon the belief that psychotherapy is a vital component of the training and growth of psychotherapists, and that it is the professional responsibility of every therapist to identify, address, and work through personal issues that may have an impact on clinical interactions with future clients. Graduate students in the MACP Program are required to complete 20 hours of personal individual, couples, family, or group therapy during the course of the program. This requirement is met by seeing a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Licensed Psychologist, or a Board Certified Psychiatrist. Once the 20 hour requirement has been met the “Completion of Psychotherapy” form is submitted to the Director of Clinical Training.  Psychotherapy hours earned prior to beginning the Program are not eligible for meeting this requirement. Students are advised to plan for this requirement and to complete their hours early in their enrollment in order to finish prior to graduation.


Dual Relationships in Psychology

In compliance with the CAMFT, LPCC, and APA Codes of Ethics, dual relationships are not permitted. A dual relationship in clinical practice occurs when a therapist allows an additional connection to develop with a client outside the boundaries of therapy. In the Psychology Program, a dual relationship occurs when someone becomes the student’s instructor or supervisor who has a pre-existing significant relationship with the student, such as parent or child, spouse or partner, business associate, client or therapist. This kind of dual relationship has potential for harm because one person has the power to exploit the other by engaging in favoritism, prejudicial evaluation, or abuse of power. In order to avoid such relationships, students may not take an Antioch course from a faculty member if that faculty member is currently their therapist or has been their therapist in the past.


Furthermore, students may not see a member of the Adjunct or Core Faculty or their current traineeship supervisor for psychotherapy in order to meet the Program’s therapy requirement. It is acceptable however, to enter therapy after graduation with someone who was formerly the student’s instructor.


Degree Concentrations

Students may elect to graduate with a concentration in addition to the coursework for the MA in Clinical Psychology. Concentrations generally require additional academic units and coursework in addition to the ones required by the degree program. In some cases, courses in the concentration may substitute for those in the required degrees.

Currently the MACP Program offers concentrations in:

  •   Somatic Psychotherapy

  •   Latinx Mental Health

  •   Healthy Aging


  • The concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy offers training in a unique therapeutic approach that examines the self through an integrated body-mind lens focusing on applied practice skills in various modalities and with diverse populations addressing trauma-related symptoms and other stressors.

  • The concentration in Latinx Mental Health includes courses designed to develop proficiency in providing mental health services to Latinx and Hispanic consumers and within the context of the larger population. Students in this program are required to be proficient in Spanish and English. 

  • The concentration in Healthy Aging is designed to develop proficiency in providing counseling services to older adults and their families. 


Independent Study

In exceptional circumstances, a student may apply to do an Independent Study (PSC 6110) in order to meet a program requirement As a rule, core courses may not be taken as Independent Study; however, the faculty may make exceptions where there are special circumstances. Student requests for Independent Study will not be honored when the course is being offered during the quarter. Courses in which there is a strong experiential or skills practice component may not be taken as Independent Study.

Independent Study courses should have both a breadth and a depth component. Courses are developed with the Academic Advisor and require approval of the Chair prior to registration. If approved, the student and Advisor identify an evaluator for the student’s learning. Evaluators assist students in setting learning objectives, creating assignments that will demonstrate the learning acquired and assigning the number of units to be granted for the work (calculated as one unit for each 10 hours of study). Finally, evaluators write the narrative evaluation for the course.


Experiential Learning and Confidentiality in the Classroom

Classes in the MACP Program offer an opportunity for students to gain insight about themselves and their interpersonal impact on others through feedback from classmates and instructors. Experiential education fosters this type of learning through shared experience and an active focus on the application of new learning.

The use of this model to acquire clinical and professional skills requires informed consent from students for disclosure in the classroom or written assignments. In order to create safety in this learning environment, students are asked to maintain confidentiality with regard to the comments and experiences of other students. Respecting the privacy of others is most important in managing the risk and enjoying the benefits of experiential learning.


Research with Human Subjects

Although the MACP Program does do not require a Master’s Thesis, if a student is interested in conducting a research study it is important to be aware of the need for review of proposed research by a research ethics committee whenever human subjects are the focus of research. Proposed research must be submitted to the Ethics Committee for review. Ethical principles in human research include confidentiality, informed consent, care of subjects, and communication of the results of your research.

Please confer with a faculty advisor or the Program Chair for information on how to obtain a Human Subjects Committee Review (from the Institutional Review Board).


Clinical Traineeship

The clinical traineeship allows students to gain knowledge and develop psychotherapeutic skills by providing services in a variety of settings such as non-profit, government, educational, health care or rehabilitation sites. The MACP Program maintains relationships with sites serving a variety of populations in the tri-county area (Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties), as well as some sites in Los Angeles County. Students are required to obtain 225 hours of face to face client contact at their traineeship in order to graduate from the program. 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 Latinx Mental Health concentration requires that 75 of the 225 client hours include in-person contact and/or client advocacy with Latinx clients. Hours earned during the clinical traineeship are counted towards the 3,000 hours of experience required for the MFT license. Students opting for the dual track of MFT and LPCC must complete 280 face to face hours.

To be eligible for traineeship, students must complete and receive full credit for 18 quarter units, for the following courses:

  • Theories of Psychotherapy in Context

  • Clinical Skills I

  • Clinical Skills II

  • Clinical Skills with Families and Couples

  • Domestic Violence, Spousal, Elder, and Child Abuse

  • Professional Ethics & Law

  • Practicum: Professional Orientation Seminar

Students will not be able to accrue traineeship hours until these requirements have been satisfied and they are enrolled in a Practicum course.  Students must have a traineeship site to be enrolled in the Practicum sequence.

Students should be familiar with Antioch University’s Clinical Training Handbook and the regulations governing the practice of marriage and family therapy as defined by the BBS. It is also recommended that students consult the BBS website periodically for updated information (http://www.bbs.ca.gov).

LPCC licensure began in CA in 2012. The degree requirement is 280 face-to-face hours.  Students interested in this license should seek updated detailed information on the BBS website (http://www.bbs.ca.gov/lpcc_program).


The Traineeship Application Process and Documentation

The Director of Clinical Training oversees the Clinical Training Program and is responsible for establishing, approving, and maintaining traineeships sites. Approved sites and contact information can be found in Sakai on the Clinical Training Sakai Site along with forms needed to earn hours of experience at a community site.

The responsibility for finding and securing a clinical traineeship site rests entirely with the student. If a student identifies a new site, (not yet approved by Antioch) our Director of Clinical Training will facilitate the process to review the site for approval as a future Antioch MACP traineeship site. All of the forms necessary to apply for a new site approval are available on the Clinical Training Site on Sakai.

To prepare for traineeship students should:

  • Research and get to know mental health agencies and related events within the community

  • Develop or update their resume.

  • Consider volunteering in a non-profit agency to build experience


Students eligible to start Traineeship in the fourth quarter must first complete the  seminar in Practicum-Professional Orientation (PSC 5385) offered on a Saturday in the fourth or fifth quarter. This course offers a comprehensive summary of the clinical traineeship process, outlining the scope of practice for LMFT and LPCC trainees and professionals.

The quarter before traineeship, students will:

  • Review the Clinical Training Handbook located on the Clinical Training Sakai Site.

  • Visit and familiarize themselves with the Clinical Training Sakai site and paperwork as an    updated source of all the traineeship information and paperwork needed to complete clinical training requirements

  • Visit the BBS website to review information for MFT and PCC trainees and associates

  • Contact agencies to ask about application procedures.

  • Contact the Director of Clinical Training with questions after these steps are completed.

Prior to starting their traineeship students participate in a professional practicum orientation class. Students are responsible for seeking and identifying traineeship sites on their own. The Director of Clinical Training and Student Advisor are both available to provide consultation in this process. A list of approved traineeship sites with contact information is also available to students on the Clinical Training Sakai site.

Upon acceptance to a traineeship site, a Clinical Training Agreement is completed and signed prior to the start of training. The Clinical Training Agreement is a contract for the student’s work in the traineeship and is required by the BBS. The site administrator, the clinical supervisor, the student, and the MACP Director of Clinical Training all sign this document. The original Agreement is kept in the student’s permanent file and electronic copies are distributed to all signers. At the end of each thirteen-week quarter the supervisor completes an End of Quarter Evaluation rating the student’s progress for that quarter. Hours are accrued and BBS paperwork retained by the student for future application for MFT licensure. New Clinical Training Agreements are completed if and when the student changes sites or supervisors.

All current and active students in traineeship must be covered by professional liability insurance which is provided by the University. Proof of this coverage is requested by many sites and is available electronically on the Clinical Training Sakai site.


Clinical Training Requirements

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. Students enrolled in the Healthy Aging Concentration are required to complete 75 hours of face to face counseling and/or client advocacy with older adults and their families. Students enrolled in the Latinx Mental Health Concentration are required to complete 75 hours of face to face contact and/or client advocacy with Latinx or Hispanic clients. Supervised hours may also be applied toward licensure with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS).

The required 280 face to face hours for LPCC track students are not counted towards LPCC licensure as determined by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Students in the LPCC track accumulate hours towards LPCC licensure after they have graduated the program and received their PPC number.


Clinical Training Probation

Students are reviewed and evaluated for clinical suitability and skills in all clinical courses including both in-class instruction and field experience. Clinical suitability is defined as the ability to adopt a professional demeanor by establishing good personal and professional boundaries, accepting feedback with minimal defensiveness and/or reactivity, managing personal distress as well as freedom from behavioral or emotional problems that interfere with interpersonal functioning. Students in the MFT track are expected to abide by the ethical standards for Marriage and Family Therapists established by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; and by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences’ statutes and regulations relating to the practice of Marriage and Family Therapy. Students in the LPCC track must abide by the ethical standards established by their licensing board.

Clinical Suitability forms are completed for every student while in the Clinical Skills I and Clinical Skills II courses. Additionally, when students demonstrate challenges in the area of Clinical Suitability as defined by the Program’s Clinical Suitability criteria and identified either by the student’s instructor, advisor, Director of Clinical Training, or Program Chair, a “Clinical Suitability Form” is completed to identify areas of concern and in need of development. At any time in the Program, a student may be placed on Clinical Training Probation and/or dismissed from the MACP Program for failure to demonstrate appropriate clinical skills and/or violation of the ethical principles or statutes and regulations for marriage and family therapists.


Admission Requirements

How to Apply

  • Complete the online admissions application.

  • Official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited college or university

  • One essay

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • The program does not require that applicants submit GRE scores.


Admission Review Process

Phase One

An application will be reviewed once the following are received by the Office of Admissions:

  • Online admission application (including application fee or fee waiver)

  • Unofficial or official transcript indicating Bachelor’s degree conferral from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Admission essay

  • At least one letter of recommendation


Phase Two

Upon recommendation from the Admissions Committee an applicant is scheduled for a group interview. The group interview lasts approximately 1 1/2 hours, and includes members of the Admissions Committee and between 3 and 10 applicants. An individual interview is offered to applicants that reside out of state. As part of the process, at the time of the group interview each applicant is also asked to respond in writing to a brief essay question.


Phase Three

Upon successful completion of the interview and recommendation from the Admissions Committee, the applicant is notified via email (only) of an offer of admission. Additionally, applicants who are not granted admission will be notified via email as well. Decisions regarding an applicant’s admission or non-acceptance to the program remain confidential within the Admissions Committee and are not shared with applicants.

Antioch University Santa Barbara particularly seeks qualified candidates who will contribute to building a student population diverse in gender, ethnicity, age, class, physical abilities, learning styles, sexual orientation, professional backgrounds, and community experiences.


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***PLEASE NOTE: AUSB’s Education degree programs and credential offerings are currently being revised and realigned with CTC requirements. Please check with your academic advisor for the most up-to-date degree requirements. No current revisions lengthen a student’s anticipated time to complete a program or result in increased cost to the student.***

Since Antioch was founded in 1852 by Horace Mann, the grand architect of U.S. public education, its mission has been the education of the whole person-character, intellect and spirit. The Credential and Master’s Programs in Education continue the tradition of social justice and equity in education.

Antioch considers teaching one of the most important professions and ranks teacher preparation among its highest priorities.

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