Antioch University Los Angeles Adds Two Specializations to Master’s Programs

Share Article

Nationally Ranked Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program Now Offers Writing for Young People Genre. Master of Arts in Psychology Program Now Offers The Psychology of Conflict-Related and Other Trauma

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) has added new specializations to both its MFA in Creative Writing Program and its MA in Psychology Program. Writing for Young People will join Creative Fiction, Poetry and Creative Nonfiction as the fourth genre of the MFA program. The Psychology of Conflict-Related and Other Trauma Specialization will be the fifth specialization for the MA in Psychology Program, which also offers Child Studies, Applied Community Psychology, Spiritual Depth Psychology and LGBT Psychology specializations.

The Writing for Young People genre will include literature for both children and young adults. Writing for Young People students will learn the craft of writing for a younger audience and also the art of creative collaboration. Illustrators, editors and agents will serve as MFA Guest Faculty during each 10-day on-campus Residency as well as mentors during the 5-month online Project Periods. Writers may apply in more than one genre, but will be accepted into a primary genre. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to work in more than one genre during their two years in the program.

Serving as AULA’s first mentor in Writing for Young People will be Kerry Madden, author of numerous books for children and young adults, including the novels Gentle’s Holler (for teens), Louisiana’s Song, and Jessie’s Mountain (for children). Madden is also the author of Harper Lee and Writing Smarts: A Girl’s Guide to Writing Great Poetry, Stories, School Reports, and More. “As the new Writing for Young People MFA begins at AULA, I intend to support, encourage, and cheer on our students to help them discover and trust their own unique voices as writers for young people from picture book to young adult,” says Madden.

Psychology of Conflict-Related and Other Trauma is the latest specialization for the almost 40 year old Master’s of Arts in Psychology program. The name of the specialization may be lengthy, but it is necessary to address the complexities and the psychology behind trauma. Two sub-specializations are also offered; a military track and a civilian track. The sub-specializations prepare students interested in learning more about trauma as a result of conflict and war and the causes and treatments of trauma in the general population. The new specialization will prepare students to identify and treat the effects of emotional trauma as a result of catastrophe or conflict while incorporating AULA’s mission community involvement, advocacy and social justice.

Daniel E. Bruzzone, Psy.D., who was instrumental in the development of the specialization and is currently lead faculty, has a unique background which makes him the ideal leader of the program. Not only is he a trained clinical psychologist, but he also spent 23 years in military service. “In my work I have found that the suffering of emotional trauma pervades our clinical population and its symptoms are often misinterpreted leading to the possibility of misdiagnoses and failures in treatment,” says Bruzzone. “The clinical skills that our specialization students learn make it more likely that they will be able to correctly identify the source of emotional suffering in their patients in order to provide them with proper, and successful, treatment.

AULA’s Master of Fine Arts program offers the world's only low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program that is devoted not only to the education of literary artists, but to community engagement and the pursuit of social justice. Rather than focusing exclusively on the completion of a single book-length Final Manuscript, the MFA Program educates students in the various roles of the Writer in Society, how to make a difference on the page and in the diverse communities where writers work and live. AULA has distinguished itself from other programs through its award-winning faculty and innovative features such as the Field Study, the Translation Seminar and Conference, the MFA Alumni Weekend Residency and the Post-MFA Certificate in the Teaching of Creative Writing. A mere decade after its beginning, AULA has produced many successful, published alumni and two Bellweather Award winners.

For almost 40 years, Antioch University Los Angeles' Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology Program has graduated thousands of students who have gone on to successful careers in the helping professions. Coursework introduces students to a wide range of theories and techniques that prepare them to work in today's increasingly diverse society while incorporating AULA’s mission of community involvement, advocacy and social justice. The M.A. in Clinical Psychology program emphasizes the role of psychology in empowering people of all backgrounds, cultures, economic standing, sexual orientations and identities to achieve their full potential. AULA graduates have consistently high pass rate on the MFT licensure examinations as they are trained to be real world therapists, not just text book therapists.

Antioch University Los Angeles provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today's diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution, has served the greater Los Angeles area since 1972. The core values of social justice, service to the community and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the B.A. degree completion program and master’s degree programs in organizational management, education and teacher credentialing, psychology, creative writing and urban sustainability.

AULA is part of the Antioch University system which has roots dating back to 1852. Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University was founded in 1964 and serves over 5,000 adult students around the world and across the country, online and at its five campuses in four states; including Antioch University Los Angeles, Antioch University New England, Antioch University Santa Barbara, Antioch University Seattle and Antioch University Midwest. The University is also home to the landmark PhD in Leadership and Change and Antioch Education Abroad.

# # #

Share article on social media or email:

View article via:

Pdf Print

Contact Author

Karen Hamilton
Visit website