Applied Psychology: Mission and Philosophy

We provide guided experiential learning to equip counselors, therapists, educators, supervisors and researchers to serve diverse people and communities. Social justice is foundational to all our programs.


We foster a multicultural environment that advocates for social justice in the mental health field. Competence in clinical work includes the ability to work from a multicultural perspective with a broad spectrum of people as well as the development of multi-faceted approaches and intervention skills that facilitate change. Understanding how one’s own cultural, social, and economic background influences interaction with others is a vital part of developing clinical competence.

Programs focus on an examination of the mental health practitioner’s role in the larger contexts of society and the global village and encourage students to develop a personal philosophy of psychological, social, and cultural change.

The Department of Applied Psychology offers Master’s Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Marriage and Family Therapy. In consonance with Antioch University New England’s practice-oriented educational philosophy of learning through experience, these programs intertwine theory and practice through the integration of small classroom learning with concurrent practica and internships. They offer motivated learners a unique place in which to receive quality educational experiences through an examination of their own strengths and affinities within the field.

Our students are exposed to a variety of theoretical approaches based on the belief that multiple perspectives are the best preparation to practice with a diverse clientele. The faculty believe that therapeutic skills grow from the development of one’s self in the role of clinician. The department is committed to promoting change for individuals, couples, families, and groups on both societal and global levels and supporting justice and equity for all people. We encourage students to develop a philosophy of change that integrates these values.

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