Specializations

As a mental health provider, it is essential that you continue your education beyond your degree. California Lutheran University offers five cutting-edge specializations in its Graduate Psychology Program designed exclusively for licensed professionals like you. Discover a specialization track that fits your career path.


Attachment Theory

Through collaboration with a renowned expert on attachment theory and the Mandalay Clinic, which meets the needs of women and children in the Oxnard area, this track integrates communitybased fieldwork with theories on attachment. Students and licensed professionals develop expertise on attachment and provide interventions to at-risk mothers and infants in Ventura County.

PSYC 574 - Attachment Theory
Explores the formation of lasting connections as a central component of the human experience. Examines the fundamentals of attachment theory and research, including a developmental perspective on infant, child and adult attachment.

PSYC 575 - Attachment Techniques
Integrates attachment theories with clinical applications for treatment with couples, families, children and individuals. Explores early attachment, post-partum depression and attachment styles in marital relationships.


Family Mediation

This track prepares students and licensed professionals to work as Family Court mediators by exploring mental health and child development within the context of family disputes, legal issues and resolution models.

PSYC 577 - Family Mediation Theory and Research
Explores theories of conflict, family dynamics of divorce, and mental health and child development implications in divorce. Examines models of mediation and dispute resolution within the context of legal remedies and limitations.

PSYC 578 - Family Mediation Application and Practice
Application of family mediation theories through observation and fieldwork in child custody cases and related issues. Examines management of conflicted families, interaction with court mediators, attorneys and judicial officers, and the principles of expert testimony.


Latino Counseling

This track allows bilingual students and mental health professionals to focus on counseling within the context of a Latino cultural perspective.

PSYC 570 - Theories of Latino Counseling
Examines psychological theories of development, pathology and normal functioning from a Latino cultural perspective. Considers the definition of "self" in Latino cultures and provides a basic foundation to explore psychotherapy techniques within Latino populations.

PSYC 571 - Techniques of Latino Counseling
Application of theories in Latino counseling, with an emphasis on understanding and implementing theoretical approaches in the clinical setting. Addresses how familial and


Recovery Model

This track offers an in-depth exploration of the varied approaches to recovery from mental illness, including assessment methods, analysis and application of behavioral and social learning principles.

PSYC 544 - Theories of the Recovery Model
Examines the principles of working with adults with serious mental illnesses. Uses functional assessment methods to analyze behavioral assets, excesses and deficits to define and plan recovery goals.

PSYC 545 - Techniques of the Recovery Model
Application of behavioral and social learning principles in counseling adults with serious mental illnesses. Explores approaches for developing and maintaining independent living; interpersonal, social perception; problem-solving and vocational skills.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

The CLU-DBT training program was developed by Dr. Jamie Bedics and in collaboration with the developer of DBT, Dr. Marsha Linehan, at the University of Washington. Doctoral students at CLU follow a course curriculum that closely mirrors the DBT training program at the University of Washington.

Learn more about DBT.

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