The LGBT Clinical Psychology Specialization

The LGBT Clinical Psychology Specialization consists of 17 units of focused coursework and clinical training for competency working with LGBTQ populations. An important focus of the Specialization is understanding the negative impacts of heterosexism, homophobia, heteronormativity, biphobia and transphobia on development and the psychological conditions necessary for positive identity development and personality enhancement for LGBTQ people.

The LGBT Specialization: 

  • Provides a practical skill-set based on an innovative and vetted curriculum, designed to build clinical competence in crisis, as well as longer term treatment to address LGBT issues of pride, history (ancient and contemporary), culture, gender, ethnic/racial/ability diversity, self-esteem, and self-empowerment
  • Challenges bias by examining heterosexism, homophobia, heteronormativity, biphobia and transphobia in society, the profession, the LGBT community and ourselves, in an invigorating environment of affirmation, dialogue, role-playing and community activism
  • Includes clinical training working with LGBT adults, couples, and/or young people in community settings
  • Prepares students for a variety of careers with LGBT populations, including clinical work with individuals and families, as well as in LGBT nonprofit and community organizations
  • Develops community-based organizing and interpersonal skills through the Community Action class
  • Offers LGBT core classes on Tuesdays and LGBT workshops on Fridays or Sundays

LGBT Specialization Requirements:

PSY 5930ZAffirmative Psychotherapy3
PSY 5930KHealing Historical Oppression in the LG BT Communities3
PSY 5933Dismantling Privilege and Oppression Wit hin LGBT Communities3
PSY 5930FFLGBT Clinical and Psychological Wellne ss Across the Lifespan3
PSY 5120DLGBT Community Action2
PSY 5190 Series LGBT Identity Workshop - Students must complete one workshop in the PSY 519 Series1
LGBT Clinical Psychology Electives2

Clinical Training: Note, at least 75 hours of direct-client-contact hours in clinical training must be earned with LGBT clients in approved LGBT settings.