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University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Clinical Psychology, LGBT Affirmative Psychology Specialization, MA

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MA in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy, LGBT Affirmative Psychology
AU Los Angeles
Credits for Degree: 90 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 48 months


Program Overview

The LGBT Clinical Psychology Specialization consists of 17 units of focused coursework and clinical training for competency working with LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender nonbinary, queer, intersex, asexual, aromantic, etc.) populations. An important focus of the Specialization is understanding the negative impacts of heterosexism, homophobia, heteronormativity, biphobia and transphobia on development and the psychological conditions necessary for positive identity development and personality enhancement for LGBTQ+ people.

The LGBT Specialization:

  • Provides a practical skill-set based on an innovative and vetted curriculum, designed to build clinical competence in crisis, as well as longer term treatment to address LGBT issues of pride, history (ancient and contemporary), culture, gender, ethnic/racial/ability diversity, self-esteem, and self- empowerment
  • Challenges bias by examining heterosexism, homophobia, heteronormativity, biphobia and transphobia in society, the profession, the LGBTQ community and ourselves, in an invigorating environment of affirmation, dialogue, role-playing and community activism
  • Includes clinical training working with LGBTQ adults, couples, and/or young people in community settings
  • Prepares students for a variety of careers with LGBTQ populations, including clinical work with individuals and families, as well as in LGBTQ nonprofit and community organizations
  • Develops community-based organizing and interpersonal skills through the Community Action class
  • Offers LGBT core classes on Tuesdays and LGBT workshops on Fridays or Sundays

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

2 units in LGBT Clinical Psychology Electives

Clinical Training: Note, at least 75 hours of direct-client-contact hours in clinical training must be earned with LGBT clients in approved LGBT settings.

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