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Latinx Mental Health

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Students enrolled in the Latinx Mental Health specialization will focus their dissertation research, practicum, and internships with Spanish-speaking populations.

In establishing our specialization of Latinx Mental Health, we set out to train mindful psychological clinicians to work in underserved, Spanish-speaking mental health communities. In order to accomplish this, we weave the perspectives of Latinx throughout both the required and elective courses in this full-time, five-year graduate program.

For the first two years of study, the Latinx Mental Health specialization will mirror that of the Diverse Populations specialization. However, while students of each specialization will be required to enroll in the same coursework, differentiated instruction will be integrated so that students develop deeper knowledge and expertise in the chosen areas of specialization. For instance, while an individual student delves deeper into issues pertaining to Latinx populations, other students in the Diverse Populations track will also benefit and gain knowledge from these discussions, and vice-versa. 

By year three, students studying the Latinx Mental Health specialization will be offered electives that help focus and refine their studies specific to Latinx communities. 

This program will culminate with a fifth-year, full-time clinical internship. Students will work closely with their advisor to fulfill a dissertation requirement prior to beginning their clinical internship to help inform their practice. Internship placements may be local or national in scope. Strengthened by their practicum and internships, we anticipate that our graduates will work in health-related and social assistance organizations, and school districts that primarily serve Latinx populations.

Along with academic preparedness and ability to succeed in a doctoral program, students that wish to pursue the Latinx Mental Health specialization should be able to function in a helping profession, demonstrate personal maturity, have knowledge of Spanish-speaking cultures and language, and be conversationally competent in Spanish. Assessment of the latter Spanish-speaking requirement will be determined by a live interview either in-person or by video conferencing during the admission process. Students who do not meet the requirements for conversational Spanish competency may be directed for consideration to our Diverse Populations specialization.

All students will be encouraged to work closely with the Career Advisor at the Professional and Academic Resource Center (PARC) to frame their CVs and strategize their practicum, internship, and job search.

Please note the PsyD program is designed to prepare students to become licensed as psychologists in the state of California. For students who wish to practice in a state other than California, you may or may not have additional requirements to complete prior to your licensing examination. Please contact the PsyD program at gradpsy@msmu.edu to discuss if you will need to satisfy additional requirements.