Master of Arts in Counseling

with Clinical Mental Health Counseling or Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Program Options


AVAILABLE: Mixed Mode
REQUIRED CREDITS: 90-98
LOCATIONS and START DATES: Bellevue, WA: Fall | Seattle, WA: Fall


Program Details

City University of Seattle's Master of Arts in Counseling program prepares students to work as counselors in the community mental health field. You may choose between two program emphases including Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC).

Both emphases include core knowledge courses such as research, theory, human development and ethics. Then the majority of coursework focuses on hands-on, clinical mental health skills so you can start seeing clients and making a difference. Courses cover a broad range of issues to prepare you for real client work:

  • counseling techniques and assessments
  • trauma and violence, grief and loss, and addiction counseling
  • psychopathology and psychopharmacology
  • brief therapy, group counseling, family therapy and couples therapy
  • practicum and internships with direct supervised client work

Effective In-Class and Online Learning

At CityU of Seattle, you'll complete your Master of Arts in Counseling in a cohort, or start-to-finish learning group, with both online and in-class elements. You can opt for a two-year intensive, full-time program or a three-year program that caters more to working professionals. Don't hesitate to reach out to a CityU advisor to learn more.

Where CityU Can Take You

When you complete the master's in mental health counseling program or the master's in marriage, couple and family counseling program, you will be qualified to apply for a Washington state associate license and work toward your Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Certification.

You'll be qualified and trained to work in a variety of mental health settings including nonprofit counseling agencies, private counseling practices, managed care organizations, correctional institutions, residential care facilities and hospitals.

Mission Statement

Using a practitioner-scholar model, the MAC program trains well-rounded mental health counselors and marriage, couple, and family counselors for the realities of day to day practice. The MAC program emphasizes application of theory to practice in the development of skills in case conceptualization; ethical awareness; appreciation of diversity; and self-awareness. Students are introduced to a broad range of clinical issues through a breadth of course work, delivered by practitioner faculty. Supported clinical experiences focus on the delivery of clinical services, and assist students to develop a coherent theoretical and ethical framework for practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the conclusion of their training program, students will:
  1. Apply sound essential counseling skills derived from a credible knowledge base that encompasses diverse theoretical perspectives.
  2. Recognize and apply professional ethical standards including clear and appropriate relationships with clients, colleagues, and the community.
  3. Articulate and apply a range of coherent theoretical approaches that are relevant to clients concerns and aspirations.
  4. Recognize and positively influence intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics in counseling with individuals, groups, couples, and families.
  5. Collaborate with people of diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious beliefs and socioeconomic status.
  6. Establish a commitment to professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, self-reflection, and consultation with peers.
  7. Produce written communication that meets professional standards.
  8. Locate and critically evaluate research related to core areas of counseling practice.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of counselors in promoting social justice and the well-being of the greater community.

Accreditation

City University of Seattle is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The institution is preparing to submit the Master of Arts in Counseling program in September 2014 for specialized program accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Once the institution applies to CACREP for this specialized accreditation of the Master of Counseling program, a site visit will be held. CityU anticipates that it will receive notification of CACREP's accreditation decision within 12 to 18 months of initial submission. As soon as a decision is received, a notice will be posted.

Get Started Today!

If you have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, you can apply for the Master of Arts in Counseling program at CityU. If you want to take your interpersonal skills to the next level and make counseling a career, speak with one of our knowledgeable advisors to learn more about the program today.

Core CACREP Areas (50)
COUN 501
COUN 502
COUN 503
COUN 510
COUN 512
COUN 514
COUN 518
COUN 525
COUN 526
COUN 527
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Emphasis (40)
Required Courses (19)
COUN 515
COUN 517
COUN 522
COUN 529
COUN 550
COUN 690
Electives (8)
Choose four courses from below.
COUN 511
COUN 513
COUN 600
COUN 604
COUN 606
Internships/Practica (13)
COUN 630
COUN 631
COUN 651
COUN 652
COUN 653
Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Emphasis (48)
Required Courses (29)
COUN 511
COUN 515
COUN 517
COUN 522
COUN 529
COUN 550
COUN 600
COUN 604
COUN 606
COUN 609
COUN 690
Internships/Practica (19)
COUN 630
COUN 631
COUN 651
COUN 652
COUN 653
COUN 654
COUN 655
Note: Internship (COUN 651, 652, 653) is a supervised counseling experience totaling 600-hours across three quarters in a clinical setting.
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