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

Within the culturally diverse city of Los Angeles is a marriage and family therapy PsyD program as multiculturally centric as the city itself.

Alliant’s California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) offers multicultural counseling training throughout the country’s first COAMFTE-accredited* Marriage and Family Therapy PsyD Program.

This realistic focus on our communities, the understanding of issues experienced by historically overlooked segments of our population, gives us great pride. Pride in knowing that our students make a lasting impact in the lives of families around the nation. We pride ourselves on arming you with the tools you need to make a true difference in the community you choose to serve.

This commitment to multicultural counseling is showcased in our 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine and our networks of alumni from nearly every U.S. state and dozens of countries.

Our roots in multicultural counseling are woven into every aspect of our MFT PsyD Program in Los Angeles.

1. Practicum Opportunities Rich in Multiculturalism

Throughout the curriculum that’s engrained in social diversity, you will have the opportunity to continue your training at various internship locations in Los Angeles.

These internships focus on a multitude of diverse populations, and include:

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

2. Faculty Experienced in Treating Diverse Populations

Alliant’s Los Angeles Marriage and Family Therapy professors know that the American household no longer fits one shape, size, or style. Same-sex relationships, single parenting, adoption, and inter-racial relationships have all contributed to our nation’s ever-evolving identity.

To effectively offer therapy to these populations, one must learn from those who have experience within these various segments of society. We are immensely proud of our professors’ working knowledge and experience of counseling in the real-world of today’s society.

3. LGBT Graduate Certificate

Los Angeles PsyD students seeking to gain further competency in their diverse understanding may add a graduate certificate in LGBT Human Services and Mental Health to their degree.

Learn 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.

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

Requirements of the Los Angeles MFT Psyd Program

MFT PsyD students will also complete the master’s level practicum and curriculum requirements. All doctoral students have a maximum of 10 years to complete the MFT Psyd program.

On average the PsyD degree curriculum may be completed in the following time frames:

  • 3 years – Full-time student who is already completed the master’s program
  • 4 years – Full-time student who is transferring units from another university
  • 5 years – Full-time student also completing the master’s program
  • 6 years – Part-time student

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, ** 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