M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy: Latinx Family Studies Specialization
The Marriage and Family Therapy master’s degree program with a specialization in Latinx Family Studies at Pacific Oaks College equips graduates with broad preparation in marriage and family therapy as well as an emphasis on the needs of Latinx children and families.
Through partnerships with clinics and community-based organizations throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, students in this marriage and family therapy master’s program receive intensive supervised field experience that can help prepare them to move directly into the workforce after graduation.
Guided by a faculty of professionals who represent varied mental health disciplines and extensive academic and community-based experience, students will examine the unique challenges of Latinx communities—including immigration, acculturation, trauma, culture, and advocacy.
Other Marriage and Family Therapy Specializations
- Trauma Studies
- African-American Family Studies
- Dual Specialization: African-American Family Studies and Trauma Studies
The master’s in MFT degree program 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 master’s program prepares 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 units:
- MFT 670 Career Development Theories and Techniques (3 units)
- MFT 681 Advanced Topics in Addictions Counseling (1 unit)
- MFT 683 Advanced Topics in Psychopharmacology (1 unit)
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 Marriage and Family Therapy Courses
Psychopathology of Adulthood
A general view of the various definitions and forms of psychopathology is presented in a historical, sociopolitical, and cross-cultural perspective. The purpose and history of various diagnostic systems will be discussed. Using the DSM-V as the main paradigm, some of the most prevalent psychopathologies of our culture will be explored. The purpose and usage of DSM-V will be studied. Focus will be on building a cognitive diagnostic competence of, as well as an effective understanding and comfort with, the various mental health disorders. Self-reflections are a part of the entire class process. Attention will also be given to etiology, epidemiology, and treatment. Some of the main psychiatric testing tools will be examined. The class will offer practice in case presentation, reviewing cases, and developing diagnoses based on DSM-V criteria.
Latinx Family Systems
This marriage and family therapy course is an integration of selected clinical issues, clinical practice, and research in understanding the mental health issues experienced by diverse Latinx families. Central to this course is the development of a cultural lens in family work, and the understanding of diverse family structures among the various Latinx communities affected by immigration, deportation, and language acquisition and its impact on family well-being and mental health.