Azusa Pacific University

Department of Graduate Pscyhology
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The Department of Graduate Psychology at Azusa Pacific University offers two degrees, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, and an APA accredited Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family Psychology. The M.A. prepares students for California state licensure as an MFT; the Psy.D. prepares students for California state licensure as a psychologist. Our curriculum is oriented to develop core competencies in psychology in our students. We emphasize relationship, research and evaluation, assessment, intervention, consultation, and supervision competencies. In addition, we expect students to develop competencies to provide services across diverse populations. Our program has an interdisciplinary sequence of courses, relating psychology to ethics and theology. The Department of Graduate Psychology offers its master's degree program on APU's Azusa campus as well as at the Orange County, San Diego, and Ventura Regional Centers.

http://www.apu.edu/bas/graduatepsychology/programs/

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Marjorie Graham- Howard (Chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 60% Family Psychology
  • 20% Family Therapy
  • 10% Family Studies
  • 10% Child/Human Development
Campus Enrollment
9,258
Program Options
  • Master’s
  • Doctoral
Areas of Study
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Doctoral
  • Therapy (Couples, Marriage, or Family) - Master's
Department Address

901 East Alosta Avenue
PO Box 7000
Azusa, CA 91702
United States

Phone Number
626-815-5008 (Psy.D) 626-815-5009 (M.A.)
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Marjorie Graham Howard (Chair)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Theories of Psychotherapy
  • Advanced Development Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methodology
  • Psychotherapy and Cultural Diversity
  • Addictions, Assessment, and Interventions
  • Legal, Ethical, and Moral Issues in Therapy
  • Crisis and Trauma in Community Mental Health
  • Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
  • Marriage Therapy
  • Child and Adolescent Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice: Basic Skills
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice: Advanced Skills
  • Group Skills
  • Psychobiology and Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Placement I
  • Clinical Placement II
  • Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy
  • Moral Identity Formation and Psychotherapy
  • Psychopathology
  • ntroduction to Clinical Practice: Basic Skills
  • Advanced Development Psychology
  • Psychotherapy and Cultural Diversity
  • Christian Spiritual Formation and Psychotherapy
  • Assessment I
  • Family Therapy
  • Clinical Practicum
  • Interdisciplinary Integration and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Practicum I: Professional Practice and Introduction to Case Conceptualization
  • Clinical Practicum II: Legal and Ethical Competence
  • Psychology and Systems Theory
  • Theories of Change and Evidence-based Treatment
  • Assessment II: Personality
  • Assessment III: Intelligence and Academics
  • Adult Psychology
  • Family Psychology
  • Child Psychology
  • Adolescent Psychology
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Research Design I
  • Research Design I
  • Couples Theory and Therapy
  • Biblical Ethics and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Practicum III: Diversity Competency
  • Clinical Practicum IV: Domestic Violence and Case Conceptualization
  • Treatment Planning
  • Cognition
  • Dissertation Development
  • Gerontology
  • Social Ethics and Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Practicum V: Interdisciplinary Integration
  • Clinical Practicum VI: The Future Psychologist- Management, Private Practice, and Advocacy
  • Psychobiology
  • Consultation in Clinical Psychology
  • Supervision in Clinical Psychology
  • Dissertation I
  • Dissertation II
  • Dissertation III
  • Dissertation IV
  • Predoctoral Internship
  • Moral and Spiritual Identity Formation in the Family
  • Assessment IV: Projectives
  • Dissertation V
  • Dissertation VI
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Techniques of Change: Cognitive-behavioral Interventions
  • Techniques of Change: Solution-focused Brief Therapy
  • Techniques of Change: Psychodynamic
  • Special Topics
  • Family Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • Forensic Assessment
  • Family Forensic Psychology I
  • Family Forensic Psychology II
  • Psychodynamic Systems of Psychotherapy Concentration
  • Psychodynamic Systems of Psychotherapy I
  • Psychodynamic Systems of Psychotherapy II
  • Psychodynamic Systems of Psychotherapy III
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy
Masters Comments

The MFT curriculum is designed to meet the current requirements for California licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. This degree program is intended for individuals who wish to develop a sound foundation in the theoretical and applied practice of professional counseling with individuals, couples, and families. Also included in the program are interdisciplinary studies in theology, ethics, and psychotherapy.

Program Locations

The Department of Graduate Psychology offers its master's degree program on APU's Azusa campus as well as at the Orange County, San Diego, and Ventura Regional Centers. Information may be obtained by contacting the program director of the local site administrator.

Azusa Campus Program

Director: Vicki Ewing, M.A., M.F.T.

[email protected]

Department of Graduate Psychology

Azusa Pacific University

PO Box 7000

Azusa, CA 91702-7000

(626) 815-5009

Orange County Regional Center

Director: Vicki Ewing, M.A., M.F.T.

[email protected]

1915 Orangewood Ave., Ste. 100

Orange, CA 92668-2046

(714) 935-0260

San Diego Regional Center

Director: Aimee Vadnais, Psy.D., M.F.T.

[email protected]

5353 Misson Center Rd., Ste. 300

San Diego, CA 92108-1306

(619) 718-9655

Ventura Regional Center

Director: Michelle Browning, Ph.D.

[email protected]

445 E. Esplanade Drive, Ste. 200

Oxnard, CA 93036-2145

(805) 988-1267

Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Family Psychology
Doctoral Comments

The Psy.D. curriculum has been designed to meet the requirements of the American Psychological Association for professional education in psychology. Courses stress the importance of critical thinking in the discipline of psychology, and the curriculum provides a breadth of knowledge regarding scientific psychology. Cultural and individual diversity perspectives are woven into the curriculum. Clinical education and application of scientific knowledge to clinical domains are stressed throughout the curriculum. The Psy.D. embodies an emphasis in Family Psychology. All courses incorporate a systemic perspective on psychology that includes an awareness of the dynamic interaction between individuals, interpersonal relationships, and the environment.

Director: Samuel Girguis, Psy.D.

[email protected]

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.