Multicultural Counseling Program in One of America’s Most Diverse Cities

Ranking as one of the United States’ most diverse cities, it’s no coincidence that Los Angeles houses a marriage and family therapy program aimed at developing multicultural-focused therapists and counselors ever since its founding.

The California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University has integrated multicultural counseling training throughout our COAMFTE-accredited* Marriage and Family Therapy Master’s Degree Program’s curriculum. Whether the focus is on gender, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, race, social class, or religion, the issues covered are as diverse as those who are experiencing them.

It’s not lip service. It’s not for show. It’s simply who we are and what we believe in. We offer an education that gives you a diverse look into the modern family.

Our commitment to diversity is exemplified by receiving a 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and having a student body hailing from nearly every U.S. state and dozens of countries.

Our roots in multicultural counseling are felt throughout our MFT Program in Los Angeles.

1. Diverse Practicum Opportunities

As you study couple and family therapy and develop your multicultural counseling competencies throughout this program, you will have the opportunity to apply and refine your skills at a variety of professional training locations in Los Angeles.

These practicum opportunities have allowed our Los Angeles MFT students to treat:

  • Asian-Pacific women affected by domestic violence
  • School-aged children requiring social-emotional, language, cognitive, and motor development skills
  • Men and women struggling with alcoholism and substance abuse
  • Low-income populations seeking help with family communication, depression, anxiety, and trauma recovery
  • The Latin American population dealing with issues relating to poverty and mental health
  • Young people ages 5-25 dealing with issues such as learning disabilities and unplanned pregnancies, who are seeking to develop skills related to stress, anger management, problem solving, communication, self-esteem, money management, and other life skills
  • Elderly populations struggling with early memory loss and facing challenges related to grief, depression, and life transitions
  • General counseling services to children, adults, and families

Five-hundred hours of supervised, direct client contact and 100 hours of group supervision from one of these organizations will help prepare you to skillfully and confidentially enter the field as a multiculturally-competent therapist.

2. Specialized Faculty

The MFT professors here understand that the nuclear family has evolved. No longer does the American household fit one shape, size, or style. As today’s population evolves, the need for training in multicultural counseling and therapy grows. Our professors’ specialty areas include a variety of interests, including many topics related to multicultural therapy:

  • Iman Dadras, Assistant Professor – B.S., University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation; M.S., St. Cloud State University; PhD, University of Minnesota
    • Specialty areas and research interests: Acculturative stress and immigrant families, self of the therapist, justice-oriented psychotherapy, multicultural family therapy, and third order cybernetics and system change. iman.dadras@alliant.edu
  • Sandra Espinoza, Visiting Assistant Professor – B.A., California State University, Fullerton; M.A., Alliant International University; Psy.D., Alliant International University
    • Specialty areas and research interests: Latino individuals, couples and families; impact of immigration and deportation on mental health; qualitative methods; bilingual therapy; emotionally focused therapy; and attachment styles. sespinoza@alliant.edu
  • Noah Hass-Cohen, Associate Professor – B.A., Bezalel Academy of Fine Arts; M.A., Loyola Marymount University; Psy.D., Phillips Graduate Institute
    • Specialty areas and research interests: attachment-based family therapy, art therapy, psychoeducational testing, interpersonal neurobiology, psychosocial interventions for people with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. nhass-cohen@alliant.edu
  • Hye-Sun Ro, Assistant Professor and Site Director – B.A., Seoul Women’s University; M.S., Texas Tech University; Ph.D., Texas Tech University
    • Specialty areas and research interests: couple relationship, cross- cultural issues, family of origin. hro@alliant.edu

3. LGBT Graduate Certificate

Los Angeles MFT graduates seeking to further specialize their skills and enhance their multicultural competence may also apply to earn a graduate certificate in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health in addition to their Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Through this additional graduate certificate program, you will have the opportunity to gain deeper understanding, expertise, and skills relating to the specific issues experienced by the LGBT community. Courses offered in the certificate program include:

  • Foundations of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Mental Health
  • Professional Application of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues
  • LGBT-Affirmative Substance Abuse Treatment
  • LGBT Issues in the Workplace
  • LGBT Lifespan Development
  • LGBT Issues in Education

This certificate program addresses competencies recommended by the American Psychological Association’s ethical guidelines for the clinical treatment of LGBT populations.

Our Los Angeles MFT Degree Program helps students prepare for a therapy career in today’s diverse world because:

Whether you seek to provide treatment to diverse populations, or to become a well-rounded marriage and family therapist, our MFT program in Los Angeles offers the education and experience necessary to make an impact in this vital field — one family at a time.

Contact an Alliant Admissions Counselor today for more information or to take the next step in your therapy career.

*The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Alliant International University in Los Angeles is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), 112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314, (703) 838-9808, coa@aamft.org.

** Licensure is regulated at a state level and licensure requirements vary from state to state. Students should always contact the licensing board in the state they would like to seek licensure.  You can find a listing of State Licensure Boards at https://www.amftrb.org/stateboards.cfm.