Loyola Marymount University's Marital and Family Therapy Graduate program provides a full-time two year education that combines rigorous academic course work with two clinical traineeships. A modified three-year program allows students to fulfill program requirements at a slower pace but still requires daytime class attendance.

Students are trained to integrate their visual art backgrounds with psychotherapeutic skills as they work with a variety of clients, including children, adolescents, adults and families. The training fully prepares students to become practicing marital and family therapists committed to utilizing art processes in their work as psychotherapists.

The program:

  • Integrates art therapy training within a family systems orientation informed by a psychodynamic perspective
  • Features small classes where individualized approaches to learning are encouraged
  • Embraces a multicultural focus throughout the curriculum
  • Maintains practicum sites creating a network of diverse, well-respected training facilities
  • Is the center of a network of successful alumni in positions of leadership in both clinical and educational institutions
  • Provides graduates with academic requirements for California state licensure (MFT) and registration by the American Art Therapy Association (ATR)
  • Is approved by the American Art Therapy Association and has a long history of leadership in art therapy education
  • Provides community outreach clinical programs through the Helen B. Landgarten Art Therapy Clinic
  • Offers a summer immersion program in Central Mexico
  • Publishes the Journal of Clinical Art Therapy

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts is granted upon satisfactory completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours. A total of eleven practicum units are applied towards the required total semester hours of credit.

The traineeship enables the student to accumulate up to 840 hours with 420 direct client contact hours. It includes two hours a week of supervision. This is provided by a licensed psychotherapist and an art therapist approved by Loyola Marymount University.

Students enrolled in the full-time program will ordinarily complete degree requirements in two years. A part-time program (typically three years) is also available.

Students are highly recommended to engage in personal psychotherapy during the first two semesters of the program.

Students are required to maintain a B average in both academic and clinical tracks. The program takes seriously its role in the training of therapists. The personality as well as the intellectual capability of each student is carefully evaluated. In light of this, a student may be disqualified from the program for factors other than grades

Visit the Graduate Division's website for more information.