DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology Degree with Heart

 

Psychology is the study of human experience across the lifespan including individual (cognition, emotion, behavior) and family/ community systems.. The Bachelors and Masters programs at University of the West emphasizes the dimensions of multicultural and cross-cultural influence. Course offerings in psychology include introductory and advanced instruction in both Western and holistic systems of psychological theory and practice.

 

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BACHELOR OF ARTS

PSYCHOLOGY

UWest’s psychology program prepares students to be innovative critical thinkers, ready to meet the needs of a dynamic and complex global community. Consistent with the university’s mission, the department not only aims to cultivate leading edge awareness, knowledge, and skills, but also aspires to educate the whole person by nurturing social responsibility and integrity. The culturally diverse faculty and staff contribute to awakening an appreciation of cultural differences.

 

Wisdom & Skillful Means

Students are thoroughly prepared for academic and professional success:

  • Knowledge
  • Praxis
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • and Communication

Self Awareness

Students are prepared to engage in an ongoing-process of self-understanding that enables them to lead happy, purposeful lives characterized by healthy relationships to self and others.

  • Character
  • Expression
  • Relationship

Liberation

Students recognize the diversity and dignity of all human beings and understand their own role in the pursuit of social justice.

  • Pluralism
  • Liberation from Suffering
  • Service

Interdependence

Students possess a holistic understanding of global interdependence in order to cultivate compassionate thought, speech, and action in service to themselves, others, and the environment.

  • Culture
  • Interconnectedness

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

THERAPY

The goal of UWest’s Psychology Department is to reduce suffering and increase happiness in the world through the application of mental health practices. The 63-unit Master of Arts in Psychology – Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students to meet requirements for California licensure to provide psychotherapy as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). The program focuses on the intersection between Buddhist psychology and Western multicultural and recovery-oriented evidence-based practice in helping individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Students will master standard Marriage and Family Therapy competencies and will also become:

  • Grounded in Recovery-Oriented Practice; putting clients at the heart of treatment and focusing upon co-creating a life worth living.
  • Well-practiced at making ethical decisions from the overlapping lenses of multiculturalism, Buddhist psychology, and biomedical/behavioral health law and ethics.
  • Clinically and personally skilled in contemplative practice.
  • Versed in effective practices that borrow heavily from Buddhist psychology, such as Mindfulness-Based.
  • Compassionate with a focus on stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment.
  • Adept at focused therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy skills training.
  • Trained in the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
  • Experienced in the applications of Interpersonal Neurobiology from the inside out.

Ranked 9th most affordable graduate psychology program in the U.S., University of the West’s psychology program prepares students to be innovative critical thinkers, ready to meet the needs of a dynamic and complex global community.

Consistent with the university’s mission, the department not only aims to cultivate leading edge awareness, knowledge, and skills, but aspires to educate the whole person by nurturing social responsibility and integrity. The culturally diverse faculty and staff contribute to awakening an appreciation of cultural differences.

The program is aligned to the requirements of California Business and Professions Code Section 4980.37, as regulated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Coursework prepares students for the California MFT license examinations, and to meet best practices outlined by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Multicultural Counseling (MCC)

42-Unit Master of Arts in Psychology

In our globally connected world, psychology professionals must be prepared to work with a wide variety of cultural identities. With its focus on both Western and Eastern contributions to psychology, UWest’s Multicultural Counseling degree is uniquely positioned to fill this need.

The 42-unit Master of Arts in Psychology – Multicultural Counseling (MCC) is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mental health but whose baccalaureate degree is in an unrelated field as well as those who are returning to school after a long gap. This program is an excellent way for human services professionals to update and upgrade their training. The program is also suitable for international students desiring a solid introduction to mental health care.

Graduates of UWest’s MA Psychology – MCC program are:

  • Grounded in Recovery-Oriented Practice
  • Well-practiced at making ethical decisions from the overlapping lenses of multiculturalism and Buddhist psychology
  • Trained in the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • Experienced in conducting risk assessments and creating safety plans for suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, child abuse, and intimate partner violence

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

90% of our students currently receive some form of aid

At UWest, we are committed to providing a high-quality education at a low price. From tuition waivers to scholarships, our dedication to providing exceptional financial aid services starts with your eligibility. As part of our mission to be accessible to students of all backgrounds, we will work together with you and your family to ensure the most affordable and valuable college experience possible.

UWest offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any private University in the nation, one-third the cost of many of the other private schools in Southern California.

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY

Psychology Degree with Heart

 

Psychology is the study of human experience across the lifespan including individual (cognition, emotion, behavior) and family/ community systems.. The Bachelors and Masters programs at University of the West emphasizes the dimensions of multicultural and cross-cultural influence. Course offerings in psychology include introductory and advanced instruction in both Western and holistic systems of psychological theory and practice.

LEARN MORE

Fill out the simple form below to speak with an Admissions Counselor today!

CALL US

(855) 468-9378

BACHELOR OF ARTS

PSYCHOLOGY

UWest’s psychology program prepares students to be innovative critical thinkers, ready to meet the needs of a dynamic and complex global community. Consistent with the university’s mission, the department not only aims to cultivate leading edge awareness, knowledge, and skills, but also aspires to educate the whole person by nurturing social responsibility and integrity. The culturally diverse faculty and staff contribute to awakening an appreciation of cultural differences.

 

Wisdom & Skillful Means

Students are thoroughly prepared for academic and professional success:

  • Knowledge
  • Praxis
  • Ethics
  • Critical Thinking
  • and Communication

Self Awareness

Students are prepared to engage in an ongoing-process of self-understanding that enables them to lead happy, purposeful lives characterized by healthy relationships to self and others.

  • Character
  • Expression
  • Relationship

Liberation

Students recognize the diversity and dignity of all human beings and understand their own role in the pursuit of social justice.

  • Pluralism
  • Liberation from Suffering
  • Service

Interdependence

Students possess a holistic understanding of global interdependence in order to cultivate compassionate thought, speech, and action in service to themselves, others, and the environment.

  • Culture
  • Interconnectedness

MARRIAGE AND FAMILY

THERAPY

The goal of UWest’s Psychology Department is to reduce suffering and increase happiness in the world through the application of mental health practices. The 63-unit Master of Arts in Psychology – Marriage and Family Therapy prepares students to meet requirements for California licensure to provide psychotherapy as Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT). The program focuses on the intersection between Buddhist psychology and Western multicultural and recovery-oriented evidence-based practice in helping individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Students will master standard Marriage and Family Therapy competencies and will also become:

  • Grounded in Recovery-Oriented Practice; putting clients at the heart of treatment and focusing upon co-creating a life worth living.
  • Well-practiced at making ethical decisions from the overlapping lenses of multiculturalism, Buddhist psychology, and biomedical/behavioral health law and ethics.
  • Clinically and personally skilled in contemplative practice.
  • Versed in effective practices that borrow heavily from Buddhist psychology, such as Mindfulness-Based.
  • Compassionate with a focus on stress reduction, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment.
  • Adept at focused therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy skills training.
  • Trained in the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples.
  • Experienced in the applications of Interpersonal Neurobiology from the inside out.

Ranked 9th most affordable graduate psychology program in the U.S., University of the West’s psychology program prepares students to be innovative critical thinkers, ready to meet the needs of a dynamic and complex global community.

Consistent with the university’s mission, the department not only aims to cultivate leading edge awareness, knowledge, and skills, but aspires to educate the whole person by nurturing social responsibility and integrity. The culturally diverse faculty and staff contribute to awakening an appreciation of cultural differences.

The program is aligned to the requirements of California Business and Professions Code Section 4980.37, as regulated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Coursework prepares students for the California MFT license examinations, and to meet best practices outlined by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.

Multicultural Counseling (MCC)

42-Unit Master of Arts in Psychology

In our globally connected world, psychology professionals must be prepared to work with a wide variety of cultural identities. With its focus on both Western and Eastern contributions to psychology, UWest’s Multicultural Counseling degree is uniquely positioned to fill this need.

The 42-unit Master of Arts in Psychology – Multicultural Counseling (MCC) is designed for individuals who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree in mental health but whose baccalaureate degree is in an unrelated field as well as those who are returning to school after a long gap. This program is an excellent way for human services professionals to update and upgrade their training. The program is also suitable for international students desiring a solid introduction to mental health care.

Graduates of UWest’s MA Psychology – MCC program are:

  • Grounded in Recovery-Oriented Practice
  • Well-practiced at making ethical decisions from the overlapping lenses of multiculturalism and Buddhist psychology
  • Trained in the fundamentals of Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples
  • Experienced in conducting risk assessments and creating safety plans for suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, child abuse, and intimate partner violence

SCHOLARSHIPS & FINANCIAL AID

 

90% of our students currently receive some form of aid.

 

At UWest, we are committed to providing a high-quality education at a low price. From tuition waivers to scholarships, our dedication to providing exceptional financial aid services starts with your eligibility. As part of our mission to be accessible to students of all backgrounds, we will work together with you and your family to ensure the most affordable and valuable college experience possible.

UWest offers one of the lowest tuition rates of any private University in the nation, one-third the cost of many of the other private schools in Southern California.