The Community Mental Health MA program is designed to address critical transformations taking place within the public mental health sector where a growing number of clients with multiple diagnoses require a different level and type of therapy. The profession of psychotherapy today needs more practitioners who come from a widerrange of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds, and who areculturally competent and bilingual or multilingual.
The program emphasizes systemic approaches to mental disorder and challenge. These approaches, which look at individuals in the context of community, are essential in public mental health settings. To provide better services to the community, therapists must understand how social forces and cross-cultural issues have an impact on their clients.
Graduates are trained to enter the profession as Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (LPCC) or Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) working in community-based settings.
Students take courses and practicum that enable you to be effective in public agencies or private practice.
Therapeutic: Graduates are skilled in working with the growing number of clients with co-occurring disorders, who require therapy that is recovery-based and client-centered.
Cultural: The program actively recruits students who are from diverse backgrounds, and who are bilingual or multicultural. Our collaborative learning program welcomes those who have experienced the mental health system, as well as their family members. The curriculum integrates the fundamentals of psychotherapy with an emphasis on cultural competence, the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, skills building in case management, and public sector practice.
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501
Fax: (510) 748-9797