Antioch University offers first degree in LGBT psychology

Individuals who wish to study lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues may want to consider enrolling in a psychology program. These degree seekers can attend Antioch University in Los Angeles, as it is the first school in the country to offer a graduate specialization devoted to clinical psychology for LGBT individuals.

The school, which is known for being a pioneer in social justice for more than 150 years, provides students with the required coursework for California licensure as a marriage and family therapist, while focusing on the most effective mental health services for LGBT individuals.

Topics that are covered in the program include the destructive effects of internalized homophobia, biphobia and transphobia, which can cause depression, anxiety, substance abuse, unsafe sex practices and other LGBT-specific challenges.

Coursework will be provided by instructors who are LGBT and engage in the practice of psychotherapy or community activism.

Overall employment of professionals in this field is expected to increase over the next several years, particularly those with advanced degrees and certifications, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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