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Aliento Program Benefits


  • Students graduate with the foundational skills to become culturally responsive therapists in working with Latinx communities
  • The program offers practicum sites that provide services in Spanish, with Spanish supervision
  • The program includes experiential language development courses to enhance students' Spanish skills
  • The program allows students to simultaneously fulfill both the LMFT and LPCC academic requirements for licensure
  • General classes are offered on afternoons and weeknights at Pepperdine University's West Los Angeles, Calabasas, and Irvine Graduate Campuses. Latinx-specific classes are offered on the Irvine Graduate Campus.
  • The program is open to students whose bachelor's degrees are in fields other than psychology. Before enrolling in the Latinx emphasis, students must complete several prerequisites.
  • Up to 6 units of general courses from an accredited institution may be transferred into the program if equivalent courses were completed at the graduate level in the past seven years with a grade of "B" or better
  • A master's thesis is not required; however, students are required to complete community service projects while in the program. In addition, most courses include a formal paper or project and a final examination.
  • The program meets prerequisite requirements for application to the doctoral program at Pepperdine University, although completion of the degree does not guarantee admission to the doctoral program.
  • Financial aid, career services, and housing assistance are available.