Clinical Psychology Concentration | Los Angeles Pacific University

Clinical Psychology

Concentration Overview

The Clinical Psychology concentration is geared toward those interested in the mental health profession. Students are effectively trained in psychological theory, concepts, and methodology in order to prepare them for a career in the clinical arena. Concentration courses provide the opportunity for practical application and building a critical skill set needed within this profession. Students are prepared for graduate education if the desire is for licensure as a counselor through a master’s in counseling or psychology, as well as prepared for opportunities to work in the social service or mental health industries.

Clinical Psychology

This 15-unit concentration requires the following coursework:


15 Credits

PSYC 400

Introduction to Clinical Psychology

3 Credits

Survey of the science and practice of clinical psychology, including diagnoses and evaluations, interventions and prevention strategies for use with clinical populations, cultural applications, and ethical issues in the clinical profession. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 425

Crisis Counseling and Intervention

3 Credits

An examination of the knowledge, skills, and practices specific to crisis counseling and intervention. Focuses on applying appropriate methods to crisis situations, while considering cultural and ethical issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 450

Family Systems

3 Credits

An overview of the development of the family system, including functional and dysfunctional family relationships, cultural and spiritual implications. Introduces psychological interventions and techniques which further development and change. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 455

Conflict Management

3 Credits

Examines the diagnosis, analysis, and conflict resolution between individuals and in organizations. Discusses the application of different types of negotiation strategies based on rational and emotional elements in approaching negotiation, cultural contexts, and individual differences.

PSYC 480

Group Processes

3 Credits

Study of research and perspectives regarding human interaction in groups. Examines the impact of various individual, social, and cultural dynamics and how to successfully influence and interact in group settings. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

Total Credits

15 Credits

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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Potential Careers

Pursue graduate education and licensure, or work in the social service or mental health industry in positions requiring counseling and assessment skills, such as residential counselors, intake specialists, etc.

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