CLINICAL TRAINING AND LICENSURE (MAP Students Only)
 

AULA’s MAP degree has been designed to meet and exceed the requirements established by the State of California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) for academic preparation for licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). AULA’s combination of classroom learning, clinical training experience, and personal development provides strong preparation for meeting licensure requirements, and AULA graduates have experienced high pass rates on the licensing examinations. AULA is experienced in helping students move successfully into productive service as qualified professionals.

The path toward licensure begins while the student is in the MA in Clinical Psychology Program. The Clinical Training Orientation (PSY 5000) provides detailed information about AULA’s clinical training requirements and the California State licensing process. During this meeting a Clinical Training Handbook is distributed. Although the Clinical Training Director, staff, and faculty advisors can assist students to understand all BBS procedures, students should bear in mind that meeting the BBS requirements for licensure is solely the student’s personal responsibility. Students are responsible for reading the Clinical Training Handbook and adhering to all its procedures.

Students will complete PSY 5000AA Clinical Training Readiness as early as (but no sooner than) their third quarter of academic study. The PSY 5000AA Clinical Training Readiness course is designed to assist students in learning about and preparing for the various facets of applying to and securing a clinical training placement. This course is designed to assess students readiness to enter clinical training and serve as a bridge between introductory, didactic coursework, and applied experiences in clinical work.

In the quarter prior to registering for clinical training units, students must complete PSY 5000A Pre-Enrollment Requirements for Entering Clinical Training (PERFECT). This tutorial teaches students about the paperwork required to contract with a training site, how to register for clinical training academic units and how to track hours for AULA and the BBS. PERFECT is a self-paced, computer-based tutorial available online through the AULA Sakai system. Upon successful completion, students must submit a PERFECT Tutorial Proof of Completion form to the Clinical Training Office.

Students may start clinical training after successfully completing four quarters of enrollment, a minimum of 18 units of academic units, PSY 5000 Clinical Training Orientation, PERFECT, PSY 5000AA Clinical Training Readiness, PSY 5000A PERFECT, as well as completing and receiving credit for the courses, which are prerequisites for clinical training (i.e., PSY 5310A Personality Theories IPSY 5010A Process of Interpersonal Psychotherapy I, PSY 5410F Assessment of Psychopathology, PSY 5410G Psychopathology and Treatment Planning, and PSY 5480 Professional Ethics and the Law). However, completing course and unit prerequisites does not guarantee permission to engage in clinical training. Students must also meet any additional readiness requirements outlined in the most current Clinical Training Handbook. Additionally, should the faculty determine that a student is not yet ready to begin clinical training, the student's clinical training may be delayed and additional learning activities may be required.

After correctly completing and submitting the relevant forms (Form D and Clinical Training Agreement) to the Clinical Training Office, as described in the Clinical Training Handbook, students must register for clinical training units (i.e., PSY 6200 Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques) during the Priority Registration period or during the Add-Drop period, using an Add/Drop Form for Non-Online Courses Requiring Extra Documentation Only in each quarter in which they plan to receive academic credit. Students may NOT register for clinical training until all evaluations for CT prerequisites have been reviewed by their advisor/appropriate faculty member, processed by the Office of the Registrar, and credit has been recorded in their credit report. Changes in clinical training supervisor(s) and/or hours must be communicated to the Clinical Training Office by submitting a correctly completed Form DD, and (in most cases) a new Clinical Training Agreement . Please see the Clinical Training Handbook for more information.

Students must be concurrently enrolled in PSY 6200 Clinical Practicum during any quarter while earning clinical training hours and units. Students must enroll in this zero unit course regardless of how many units they are completing in PSY 6200/Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques.  This course is designed to be a connection point between classroom-based learning and clinical training experience. The course addresses issues of professional development, supervision utilization, and offers training in case documentation and case presentation. Students who fail to enroll in or receive credit for PSY 6210 Clinical Practicum cannot receive credit for their clinical training units (i.e., PSY 6200) and cannot count any of the hours accrued during the quarter toward licensure.

During the clinical training process, students perform some combination of individual psychotherapy, relationship counseling, family therapy, and/or group psychotherapy with clients under clinical supervision at one of AULA’s approved training sites as a Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee and/or a Professional Clinical Counselor Trainee. Clinical training can only take place with agencies approved by the AULA Clinical Training Office.

Students must complete a minimum of 9 units of clinical training to graduate from the program, but may enroll in up to 18 units as part of their degree plan. Students must complete a minimum of 297 hours of supervised clinical experience (but no more than 750 hours) as a trainee. As part of the 297-750 hours of experience, students completing the MFT requirements must accrue 150 hours of direct-client-contact counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups and 75 hours of client centered advocacy and/or additional direct-client-contact hours. Students completing the LPCC requirements must accrue 280 hours of direct-client-contact counseling individuals, couples, families, or groups. For students completing the MFT requirements, these hours will be counted toward the 3000 hours needed to quality to take the examinations for the MFT license. The educational requirements for LPCC licensure include a clinical traineeship, however these pre-degree hours will not be counted toward the 3000 hours needed to qualify for the LPCC licensing examinations. Students completing the LPCC requirements will begin earning the 3000 hours needed to qualify for LPCC licensure after graduation from the MAP program.

Upon successful completion of the MA in Clinical Psychology, graduates apply to the BBS for registration as Marriage and Family Therapy Interns and/or Professional Clinical Counselor Interns. As interns, graduates must work under appropriate supervision and may do so in a paid or unpaid positions at a community mental health centers, hospitals, schools, substance abuse treatment centers, or other appropriate agencies, or in a private-practice settings, in order to accumulate the balance of the 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience required for MFT licensure and/or to accumulate all 3000 hours of post-degree supervised clinical experience required for LPCC licensure.

After completing the 3000 hours of experience, applicants take the required examinations administered by the Board of Behavioral Sciences. When students pass these examinations successfully, they are eligible for licenses to practice independently as a Marriage and Family Therapists and/or Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors.

Students should be aware that, at this time, AULA’s MA Psychology programs are not structured to meet requirements for education and school counselor credentials, which are overseen by the California State Department of Education.

Evaluation of Readiness to Begin Clinical Training
As noted previously, despite completing all of the technical pre-clinical requirements, if, in the opinion of the faculty, students are not ready to begin clinical training due to identified issues with interpersonal effectiveness, student conduct, and/or other concerns, students may be required to undertake additional coursework and/or interpersonal skill-building activities before beginning the clinical portion of their degree.

Evaluation of Clinical Training
Each quarter in which students are registered for clinical training units, the Clinical Training Office sends Graduate Student Learning Assessments to their Clinical Supervisors. Students are responsible for confirming that the completed learning assessments have been received by the Clinical Training Office on time. Clinical training evaluations may NOT be delivered by students. For continuing students, the completed learning assessment must not be completed before the last week of the quarter and must be received by the Clinical Training Office in accordance with the stated deadlines. For graduating students registered for clinical training units in their final quarter, the learning assessment cannot include hours past the penultimate week of the term (see the Academic Calendar section at the back of the Catalog).

When the Clinical Supervisors have returned the Graduate Student Learning Assessments for a given quarter to the Clinical Training Office, the Clinical Training Office reviews the assessment technically. The AULA Director of Clinical Training then reviews the assessments to determine whether AULA credit is awarded. It should be noted that the AULA Director of Clinical Training, and not the students' supervisors, has the authority to determine whether or not AULA credit is awarded. If credit is awarded, the Clinical Training Office enters the student's total hours of experience and total face-to-face client hours into the clinical training database. The learning assessment is then forwarded to the Office of the Registrar for entry into the student’s official record. If the Director of Clinical Training denies credit, this decision may be appealed following the regular process for Appeal of Narrative Evaluations as detailed in the Academic Policies, Procedures, and Services section of this Catalog.

Students who fail to enroll in or receive credit for PSY 6210 Clinical Practicum during any quarter in which they are also enrolled in PSY 6200 Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques cannot receive credit for their clinical training units (i.e., PSY 6200) and cannot count any of the hours accrued during the quarter toward licensure.

Students may fail to receive credit for PSY 6200 Applied Psychotherapeutic Techniques, only once. Upon receiving a second no-credit evaluation, students will be withdrawn from the program.

Evaluation of Hours Earned when Students are not Registered for Clinical Training
In some cases, students earn hours at an AULA-approved clinical training site during a quarter for which they are not registered for PSY 6200 units. The standard Clinical Training Agreements and Form Ds are required. Instead of narrative evaluations, supervisors complete Supervisor's Report on Trainee Hours When Student is Not Earning Antioch Credit forms at the end of the quarter. Details are provided in the Clinical Training Handbook. As is the case for clinical training credit, the AULA Director of Clinical Training has the authority to determine whether or not the hours will be accepted.

Note: Students earning only clinical training hours must be concurrently enrolled in PSY 6210 Clinical Practicum. Students who fail to enroll in or receive credit for PSY 6210 Clinical Practicum cannot count any of the hours accrued during the quarter toward licensure.

Ethical Standards in Clinical Training
Whenever AULA MAP students are earning hours at approved clinical training sites as MFT Trainees and/or LPCC Trainees, whether or not they are registered for academic credit for clinical training, they must conform to the ethical principles for professional practice. The Clinical Training Handbook provides detail on student ethical responsibilities in clinical training. Students found to be in violation of ethical principles may be subject to sanctions including but not limited to dismissal from the clinical training site; loss of credit for the term; loss of hours earned toward the MFT/LPCC license; and, in the most serious cases, suspension and/or dismissal from the program. Cases involving ethical violations will be considered first by the Director of Clinical Training, then by the Psychology Department Chair in consultation with the MAP faculty. Appeals of decisions may be made to the Psychology Department Chair, then to the Office of the Provost.

Traineeship at the Antioch University Counseling Center (AUCC)
The Antioch University Counseling Center is not only a community clinic, but also a training site for selected students in the MAP Program. Graduates of the program may also complete internship at the AUCC. Trainees and interns are involved in individual, couples and family therapy, co-lead therapy groups, and present psycho-educational workshops in the community. This rigorous clinical training is augmented by expert supervision, ongoing in-services and training sessions. For students able to counsel in languages other than English, The AUCC International Counseling Center provides experience with diverse clinical populations. For those interested in working with LGBT youth, the AUCC COLORS program provides LGBT-affirmative therapy, support and advocacy for underserved youth, young adults, and their families. Students may also earn hours in AUCC’s School-Based Counseling Program, working in area elementary, middle, and high schools. Counselors in training take responsibility for all aspects of Counseling Center operation, acquiring valuable experience in future roles. Students interested in training at the AUCC should contact the AUCC Associate Director.