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CACREP Awards Accreditation to CityU’s Innovative Master of Arts in Counseling Program
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) has notified City University of Seattle that its Master of Arts in Counseling program has earned its esteemed accreditation through 2024. Being awarded CACREP’s comprehensive eight year accreditation – for both tracks – is a testament to the quality of this MAC program and its faculty.
CityU’s celebrated Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) prepares students to work as counselors in the community mental health field. Students may select one of two emphases areas, including Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) or Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (MCFC). Both include core knowledge courses such as research, theory, human development and ethics; and most coursework focuses on hands-on clinical work, which prepares students for a counseling career. Courses cover a broad range of issues, including: counseling techniques and assessments; trauma and violence; addiction counseling; psychopathology and psychopharmacology; group counseling and couples therapy; and a practicum and internship with direct supervised client work.
By having this new accreditation, graduates can …
- Earn and apply 500 hours toward the 3,000 hours required for licensure as Mental Health Counselors (LMHCs) in Washington State.
- Meet the educational requirements for licensure in several other States around the country, including Ohio and North Carolina, where licensure candidates must graduate from CACREP accredited programs.
- Be qualified to practice independently in the Veteran’s Administration and receive reimbursement from military health insurance known as TRICARE. Both Federal programs will require that future employees are graduates of CACREP accredited programs as of 2021!
This is just one of the ways that City University of Seattle is furthering its programs to ensure it is making its graduates career-ready. As one of our MAC alumni said, “The education I got through CityU’s Master’s in Counseling program prepared me to go straight into private practice.”
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