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  • 1. A Course Description for M.A. MFT, African­American Family Studies Specialization    Through the African­American Family Studies program, graduate students explore mental health  theory. Graduates gain a broad understanding of marriage and family therapy specific to African­  American families.  The curriculum is informed by the UJIMA model of collective work and  responsibility. By advocating for the mental health needs of African­American families POC is  developing marriage and family therapists for those needs.     The program prepares students to use a culturally relevant approach to therapy. This utilizes an  historical lens in the learning style that will help individuals, couples, and families of African  descent build on strengths, improve relationships, and generate solutions to relational problems.   Students complete their clinical training hours in community agencies serving African­American  families, and are supervised and mentored, when possible, by licensed African­American mental  health professionals. Students of the Masters in African American studies also complete a  Master's Thesis Project focusing in an area of relevance to the mental health needs of  African­American families.    Locations: Pasadena    School: Cultural and Family Psychology    Total Credits: 62    Licensure: Prepares graduates to sit for the California MFT licensing exam.   Existing coursework, plus the addition of an optional elective, meets requirements for Licensed  Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) Licensure.    *   *   *   About Pacific Oaks College & Children's School:    An accredited nonprofit institution, Pacific Oaks College offers bachelor's, master's, and  certificate programs in early childhood education, human development, counseling, and teaching  credentialing. It is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (HACU).    In 2010, Pacific Oaks affiliated with TCS Education System, a nonprofit service organization that  supports institutions each backed by a model of education that prepares socially responsible  professionals in applied fields such as education, psychology, and law.