M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy: African American Family Studies Specialization
The M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy: African-American Family Studies Specialization degree program explores mental health theory and practice from a deeply culture-centered perspective, preparing students to become professionals who use a culturally relevant approach to therapy.
This MFT program is offered in a “cohort” model where all students progress through the program at the same pace. Students in our Master’s in Family Therapy: African-American Family Studies degree program also have the opportunity to receive an extensive amount of fieldwork opportunities.
Other Marriage and Family Therapy Specializations
- Trauma Studies
- Dual Specialization: African-American Family Studies and Trauma Studies
- Latinx Family Studies
The master’s in MFT programs satisfies all of the requirements of SB 33 and the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) (Business and Professions Code Sections 4980.36c, d e 4980.39, 4980.40, and 4980.41).
The MFT programs prepare graduates to sit for the California MFT exam to earn a Marriage and Family Therapist License awarded by the California Board of Behavioral Science.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor Specialization
Students wishing to qualify additionally for licensure as a Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in the state of California, may do so via selection of the LPCC Specialization, which includes the following courses, totaling 5 credits:
- MFT 670 Career Development Theories and Techniques (3 credits)
- MFT 681 Advanced Topics in Addictions Counseling (1 credit)
- MFT 683 Advanced Topics in Psychopharmacology (1 credit)
The vast majority of Pacific Oaks MFT students secure clinical training placements within community agencies—enabling students to complete the pre-graduate portion of the 3,000 supervised hours required for the California MFT licensing exam.
Sample MFT Courses
Advocacy in the African-American Community
This course will explore the current health status of African Americans, and in particular examines the impact of the mental health systems and their policies, practices, and structures. The role of mental health professionals in advocacy with health systems in the black community will be discussed.
African-American Families, Historical Trauma and Recovery
This MFT course will address emotional and physical wounds associated with historical trauma, including slavery, segregation, racism, social stratification, current inequities, and experiences of violence, as they relate to the African-American family and community. The course will explore emerging theories of historical trauma and will also address issues of access and culturally appropriate resources as well as interventions and treatment from multigenerational, community, and strengths-based perspectives.