The Masters degrees provide clinical training from a holistic and integrative perspective. This approach is supported by an experiential philosophy of learning that engages students in dynamic classroom discussions and the application of skills and knowledge. The programs are from two to three years in length. For at least one year of the program, practicum and internship offers practical, hands-on training. The Southwestern Counseling Center, a mental health clinic operated by the college, is where the clinical training begins.
The studies at Southwestern are transformational in nature. There is a commitment to personal development by students, faculty and the administration. The self reflection that is embedded in the coursework provides students with the opportunity for in-depth exploration of how they view their world and how that impacts the relationship with their clients. This provides students with an increased sensitivity to multiculturalism and the recognition of how our belief systems can shape our relationships. Our students gain confidence throughout this process and build a professional identity that is uniquely their own. We believe that this creates stronger therapists and healers.