• Psychology

    Masters and Doctoral Degrees

    Reimagining Professional Practice
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Psychology Programs Overview

Meridian offers four graduate degrees in Psychology that educate students to work in clinical and/or cultural contexts. These degrees provide a cumulative, emergent, and integrated curriculum, empowering the student’s transformation both personally and professionally.

Psychology Program Graduate Degrees:


Concentrations available in the M.A., Psy.D., and Ph.D.:


Licensure Eligibility

The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and the Ph.D. in Psychology (with the clinical concentration) are designed to meet the educational requirements for the State of California’s Psychologist, Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) licenses (MFT and LPCC educational eligibility for the doctorates requires the student to engage in fieldwork that is done in accordance with BBS requirements). The Master’s in Counseling Psychology is designed to meet the educational requirements for the State of California’s MFT and LPCC licenses. Students commuting from out-of-state must check with their local Board of Psychology to determine their state’s requirements for licensure. Because students entering with Advanced Standing status miss the first year of the program, neither the Ph.D. nor the Psy.D. earned by advanced standing students meet the educational requirements for the MFT or LPCC.


Psychology Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Reflexivity: The capacity to engage with and be awareof those imaginal structures that shape and constitute our experience.

  2. Empathy: The capacity to imagine into the other's experience.

  3. Collaborativity: The capacity to associate with others in ways that foster individuality, autonomy, complexity, dependability, and reciprocity.

  4. Process Skills: Skills that enable creative responses to challenges entailing high complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity in psychotherapeutic, leadership, and organizational contexts.

  5. Culture: Knowledge of stories, myths, values, and taboos that constitute how culture shapes individual and collective experience.

  6. Psychopathology: Knowledge of typologies and systems of psychopathology with an emphasis on trauma and addiction, as applicable to all levels of human systems.

  7. Law and Ethics: Knowledge of legal and ethical principles, and theories of social justice, as applicable to the primary work of psychological practitioners: clinical practice, research, and teaching.


Educational Objectives

Educational Objectives for the MA in Psychology:

  1. To develop leadership capacities which further professional engagement with the profession of psychology.
  2. To develop creative inquiry practices and skills.
  3. To identify one’s own culturally constituted, perceptual lenses.
  4. To acquire the knowledge base of Imaginal Psychology and to differentiate it from the major orientations to Psychology.
  5. To develop competencies for bringing principles and practices of transformative learning into cultural contexts.

Educational Objectives for the Master's in Counseling Psychology:

The Masters in Counseling Psychology builds cumulatively upon the MA curriculum and entails the following elements:

  1. To develop leadership capacities which further professional engagement with the professions of Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling.
  2. To identify individual concerns and shadow issues relative to legal and ethical aspects of the helping professions and to apply legal and ethical principles to dilemmas that arise in psychological work involving conflicting values.
  3. To demonstrate the ability to apply psychotherapeutic theories and methods directly related to Marriage and Family Therapy and to Professional Clinical Counseling.
  4. To articulate principles of the Recovery Model and client advocacy in public systems of care, as well as the understanding of how poverty and social stress impact psychological states and well-being.
  5. To identify the strengths and limitations of different approaches to psychotherapy for specific clients, issues, and situations and to develop skills for working with trauma, anxiety, depression, and other states of psychological distress within individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Educational Objectives for the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology:

The PsyD curriculum builds cumulatively upon the Masters in Counseling Psychology curriculum and entails the following elements:

  1. To develop leadership capacities which further professional engagement with the profession of psychology.
  2. To develop creative inquiry practices and skills.
  3. To articulate and apply key concepts and major principles of psychopathology to all levels of human systems.
  4. To implement appropriate uses of psychological assessment resources with a specialized awareness of individual differences and cultural diversity.
  5. To develop competencies for bringing principles and practices of transformative learning into clinical contexts.

Educational Objectives for the Ph.D. in Psychology:

The Ph.D. curriculum builds cumulatively upon the Masters in Counseling Psychology curriculum and entails the following elements:

  1. To develop leadership capacities which further professional engagement with the profession of psychology.
  2. To develop creative inquiry practices and skills.
  3. To develop cultural praxis skills.
  4. To develop conceptual understanding and the capacities and skills to undertake participatory research that can create new meaning and serve to potentially revitalize personal and cultural transformation.
  5. To develop competencies required to facilitate transformative learning with an understanding of human development and therapeutic outcomes across multiple domains of psychological practice and levels of human systems.

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