Antioch University–Santa Barbara

Graduate Psychology Programs
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Our mission is to foster an experiential and interpersonal learning environment in which the life experience and diversity of each student are valued. Our education is cooperative, egalitarian, and transformative. Students are our colleagues in teaching and learning. We hope to guide students in becoming more self-aware, reflective, sensitive to others and their uniqueness, aware of the diverse needs of the surrounding community, and more connected to and willing to provide service to the local community and larger society. We stress critical thinking that questions one's assumptions and biases, psychological theories and practices, and the profession. We emphasize integrity, ethical behavior and reflective self-evaluation with the aim of encouraging students to ask questions and make decisions consistent with the values of social justice. We strive to impart current knowledge and teach effective skills, but hold the value that educational and personal change are life long processes to be continued.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Drs. Juliet Rohde-Brown and Elizabeth Wolfson (chairs)
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Family Therapy
  • 40% Clinical Family Psycholology
Campus Enrollment
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
  • Counseling (Child, Couples, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

602 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
United States

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Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Drs.Juliet Rohde-Brown and Elizabeth Wolfson (Master's)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Theories of Pyschotherapy
  • Research Methods
  • Evaluation Outcome and Research
  • Lifespan Human Development
  • *Lifespan Human Development: The Older Adult
  • Multicultural Awareness
  • Clinical Skills in the Multicultural Context
  • Psychopathology
  • Theories of Family Systems
  • Clinical Skills with Families and Couples
  • Advanced Family Therapy: Special Populations
  • Advanced Family Therapy: Evidence-Based Practice
  • *Psychological Assessment
  • Career Assessment
  • Latino Mental Health
  • Clinical Skills I: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship in the Latino Context
  • Process of Bilingual Therapy
  • Clinical Skills with Latino Families and Couples
  • The Process of Bilingual Group Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapy Process with Latino Clients
  • The Process of Group Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Skills I: The Psychotherapeutic Relationship
  • Clinical Skills II: The Psychotherapy Process
  • Group Theories
  • Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy
  • Career Theories and Practice in the System
  • Career Theories and Practice
  • Career in the System
  • Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Trauma Counseling
  • Crisis, Disaster, and Emergency Response
  • Human Sexuality and Counseling
  • Professional Orientation
  • Professional Ethics & the Law
  • Substance Related Disorders and Other Addictive Behaviors
  • *Psychopharmacology for Therapists
  • Brain and Behavior
  • Child Abuse: Assessment and Intervention
  • Domestic Violence: Assessment and Intervention
  • Domestic Violence: Spousal, Elder and Child Abuse
  • Community Mental Health
  • Dual Diagnosis: Substance Related Disorders and Mental Illness
  • Substance Related and Co-Occurring Disorders in the Older Adult
  • *Healthy Development Throughout the Aging Process
  • Social, Cultural, and Systematic Aspects of Aging
  • Clinical Skills with Older Adults
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Elder Abuse: Assessment and Intervention
  • Practicum I-Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Intervention
  • Practicum II- Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
  • Practicum III- Clinical Interventions
  • Practicum IV- Integrating Clinical Skills
  • Practicum I-Clinical Evaluation and Crisis Intervention with Older Adults and Their Families
  • Practicum II- Diagnosis and Treatment Planning with Older Adults and Their Families
  • Practicum III- Clinical Interventions with Older Adults and Their Families
  • Practicum IV- Integrating Clinical Skills with Older Adults and Their Families
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • LPCC and MFT Certification
  • Healthy Aging Concentration
  • Latino Mental Health Concentration
  • Clinical Psychology
Masters Comments

Antioch University's Master's in Clinical Psychology program is a professional training program for those who want to become Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. Our primary goal is to prepare competent psychotherapists who can provide therapeutic services in the local community and to the larger society. Our Program emphasizes academic, practical, and personal knowledge that will enable each graduate to become competent in diagnosis, treatment planning, and psychological interventions with individuals, couples, and families. Multicultural competence and ethical practices are also emphasized. Our graduates are an integral part of the Santa Barbara professional community who benefit from the strong reputation Antioch has for master's level professionals. We employ instructors who are active professionals working in community settings or private practice, and who have contemporary knowledge of the skills required to practice as a Marriage and Family Therapist. The master's curriculum and training fulfills the academic requirements for Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licensure in the State of California.

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Clinical Psychology
Doctoral Comments

We offer the Psy.D. degree in Clinical Psychology. Students will study the core areas of psychology, develop or deepen their theoretical understanding of clinical psychology, and enrich their clinical skills while developing an understanding of how the individual functions in a multiplicity of systems, including the family system. By the time students graduate, they will be skilled in working with individuals, couples, families and larger systems. They will also have a special preparation in the family forensic area which will allow them to work with their clients who must interface with the legal system, including special training to serve as a Child Custody Evaluator, if they decide to pursue that avenue.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.