Make an Impact in the Mental Health Field

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 practical application of theory, development of case conceptualization skills, ethical awareness, appreciation of diversity, and self-awareness. You will be introduced to a broad range of clinical issues through a breadth of coursework 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.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you can apply for the Master of Arts in Counseling online and on-site program at CityU. The program can be completed in two years.

At CityU of Seattle, you’ll complete your Master of Arts in Counseling in a cohort, or start-to-finish learning group. Most learning takes place during face-to-face, in-class sessions. Online learning is used to facilitate in-class sessions. You can opt for a two-year intensive, full-time program or a three-year program that caters more to working professionals.A majority of coursework focuses on hands-on, clinical mental health skills, so you can start seeing clients and making a difference. The CACREP-accredited Master of Arts in Counseling program will prepare you to work as a counselor in a range of settings. Four tracks are offered so you can choose the path that is right for you:

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Addiction Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP)
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
  • Professional School Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for the School Counselor K-12 credential in Washington State (This track is not yet CACREP accredited)

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the master’s degree in counseling program, you’ll learn to:

  • Apply essential counseling skills derived from a credible knowledge base that encompasses diverse theoretical perspectives
  • Recognize and apply professional ethical standards including clear and appropriate relationships with clients, colleagues, and the community
  • Articulate and apply a range of theoretical approaches in your practice
  • Recognize and positively influence intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics in counseling with individuals, groups, couples, and families
  • Refine and strengthen your skills to collaborate with people of diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status
  • Establish a commitment to professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, self-reflection, and consultation with peers
  • Produce written communication that meets professional standards
  • Locate and critically evaluate research related to core areas of counseling practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of counselors in promoting social justice and the well-being of the greater community

Program Resources

The following PDF documents are available for download:

COUN 501

Introduction to Counseling Practice (5)

This graduate-level course introduces fundamental counseling skills needed to facilitate therapeutic change. The objective of this course is to train students to conduct a client interview using the foundational practices of the field. Topics explored include essential interviewing and counseling skills, establishing a therapeutic alliance, counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes, and professional documentation. Students will also learn a general framework for understanding and practicing consultation and an orientation to wellness and prevention as desired counseling goals. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning.

COUN 502

Systemic Theory: Multicultural Counseling (5)

This graduate-level course serves as an introduction to the theory, ethics and practice of multicultural counseling. Students will examine the sociopolitical nature of counseling, the impact of counselor and systemic bias, the multiple dimensions of identity, and the goals of multicultural counseling competence. Students will develop competencies through exploration of his or her personal values and belief systems, factors of power and oppression, racial/cultural/gender/sexual orientation identity formation, and ethical practice. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 503

Human Growth and Development (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to human development throughout the lifespan, including emotional development, social development, physical development, and cognitive development. Topics include theories of development and theories of learning, understanding biological, neurological, physiological, environmental and systemic factors that impact development, and a general framework for promoting resilience and wellness in culturally appropriate ways. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 510

Professional Ethics and Law (5)

This graduate-level course provides a comprehensive overview of professional ethical codes and legal responsibilities as they relate to the practice of counseling and the development of a professional identity as a counselor. Areas of focus include professional boundaries, fiduciary responsibilities, confidentiality, dual relationships, ethical decision making, professional disclosures, power differentials, and professional communication. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 514

Research Methods and Statistics (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to evaluating and conducting research in counseling. The course has three overarching objectives. First, students learn to locate community resources and evaluate research related to core areas of counseling practice. Second, students learn to conduct program evaluations. Third, students learn about evidence-based practice in counseling, specifically examining common factors research. Methods instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online asynchronous work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 525

Testing and Assessment (5)

This graduate-level course is an introduction to assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Students learn to administer, score, and interpret a variety of assessment instruments and incorporate test results into written reports. Students complete a series of in-class diagnostic interviews, mental status examinations, symptom inventories, and personality assessments. Methods of instruction for this course primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online work required. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 526

Counseling Theory (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to counseling theories and their practical application during the counseling process. Students are introduced to the five major theoretical schools (psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, systemic, and constructivist). The course also explores a number of current issues in counseling and psychotherapy. Each student deeply analyzes their beliefs about human behavior, resulting in the development of an initial, critically-informed personal theory of counseling. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 527

Group Counseling (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the group counseling process. Students learn group process theory and skills by participating as both members and as leaders in a small group experience. Students explore the application of various group approaches to specific client populations and clinical settings. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, complemented by asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 562

Systemic Theory: Trauma Counseling and Disaster Mental Health (5)

This course is an introduction to the research and practice of crisis counseling, trauma counseling, and disaster mental health. Theoretical understanding and counseling competencies specific to the student’s specialization track include attention to social context, ethics, and legal implications, including analyzing social and cultural dimensions of power in interpersonal relationships. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

Required Courses Outside the Core

COUN 512

Systemic Theory: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (5)

This graduate-level course introduces systemic thinking and a variety of Family Therapy theories and interventions. The course has two overarching objectives. First, students develop self-awareness into their own family-of-origin. Second, students explore the history of Family Therapy (Bowen, Strategic, Structural), the Feminist Critique, Post-Modern Theories, Neurobiological Research, and key family/social dynamics of the Twenty-First Century. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 516

Career Counseling in Clinical Settings (3)

This graduate-level course introduces students to career development theory and application in career counseling. Students will have the opportunity to learn the history of career counseling and become familiar with the developmental theories that are a hallmark of the field’s evolution and practice. Students will be introduced to how theory is practiced in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. Students will also learn about the relationship between work and mental health, career development across the lifespan, workforce trends, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program.

COUN 520

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I (5)

In this first graduate-level course of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence, students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class, face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 521

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology II (5)

This graduate-level course is the second section of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence. students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class, face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission; completion of COUN 520: Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I

COUN 529

Addictions and Co-Occurring Perspectives (3)

In this graduate-level introduction to addictions and co-occurring issues in the mental health field, counseling students will engage in learning about a variety of theories and etiologies of addiction and addictive behaviors. The course will provide the foundational skills needed to conduct an assessment of co-occurring disorders, including substance use and process addictions. Students will develop skills in determining the stage of the addiction process and the client’s readiness for change using the transtheoretical model, identify level of treatment need on the continuum of care, and practice treatment planning that addresses complex co-occurring issues. Students will also experience the process of behavior change, through engagement in a weekly support group. Methods of instruction feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program; COUN 520: Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I

COUN 692

Capstone Project and Comprehensive Examination (4)

The Master of Arts in Counseling program follows a developmental sequence in preparing counselors for work in schools, agencies, medical settings, chemical dependency treatment facilities, and private practice. Prior to completing their program of study, students will submit a capstone project and complete a summative assessment of learning. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

Additional Required Depth Coursework

Choose seven credits from the courses below.

COUN 511

Loss and Grief Counseling (2)

In this course, processes involved in bereavement are explored from a developmental perspective. Students learn the techniques of effective loss and grief counseling which remediate grieving processes, facilitate healthy grieving processes, and promote new relationships and progress towards life goals. The method of instruction for this course is primarily online work, supplemented by several in-class sessions.

COUN 513

Brief Therapy Models (2)

This course provides an overview of the common factors inherent in all effective psychotherapies and provides skill development in the planning of treatment that is time-sensitive, pragmatic, and outcome-focused. Students will conduct taped interviews utilizing brief counseling models. The method of instruction for this course is primarily online work, supplemented by several in-class sessions.

COUN 605

Systemic Theory in Couples Counseling (3)

This course exposes students to relationship issues and therapeutic techniques for counseling couples that are grounded in empirically-based clinical findings. Current models of couples counseling will be explored. Students will learn to teach skills to couples, in order to strengthen and support their relationships. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, complimented by asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program

COUN 607

Counseling Children and Adolescents (1)

This course provides an exploration of counseling approaches to working with children and adolescents from a developmentally appropriate stance. Topics include: counseling interventions and strategies for children, counseling interventions and strategies for adolescents, cultural considerations when working with children and adolescents and ethical considerations when working with children and adolescents. Methods of instruction may include online or face-to-face learning, or a combination of the two. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 608

Older Adults (1)

This course presents critical information for counselors working with older adults. Current issues and pragmatic considerations, and their implications for treatment will be explored. Students engage in study and discussion of social, generational, cultural, financial, medical and ethical concerns specific to the older adult population. Methods of instruction may include online or face-to-face learning, or a combination of the two. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 609

Systemic Theory: Human Sexuality (3)

This course involves the study of human sexuality (e.g., gender, sexual functioning, sexual orientation) and current sexual behaviors and disorders addressed in clinical practice. Topics include sexual development, sexual orientation, sex addiction, addiction to internet pornography, and cybersex. The impact of these behaviors and disorders on intimate relationships and models of clinical interventions will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program; Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling program plan.

Internships/Practica

COUN 621

Practicum I (1)

This is a first course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. A Practicum contract is signed at the beginning of the field experience by the faculty supervisor, site supervisor, and student. The faculty and site supervisor remain in contact throughout the Practicum experience. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 622

Practicum II (1)

This is a second course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date.

COUN 632

Practicum III (1)

In this second graduate-level course of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence, students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Students achieve this objective by completing a series of case studies using the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), with instructor feedback provided before students begin the next case study. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 633

Practicum IV (1)

This is a fourth course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program

COUN 651

Internship I (3)

In this first course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

COUN 652

Internship II (3)

In this second course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

COUN 653

Internship III (3)

In this third course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling Emphasis (90)

Core CACREP Areas

COUN 501

Introduction to Counseling Practice (5)

This graduate-level course introduces fundamental counseling skills needed to facilitate therapeutic change. The objective of this course is to train students to conduct a client interview using the foundational practices of the field. Topics explored include essential interviewing and counseling skills, establishing a therapeutic alliance, counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes, and professional documentation. Students will also learn a general framework for understanding and practicing consultation and an orientation to wellness and prevention as desired counseling goals. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning.

COUN 502

Systemic Theory: Multicultural Counseling (5)

This graduate-level course serves as an introduction to the theory, ethics and practice of multicultural counseling. Students will examine the sociopolitical nature of counseling, the impact of counselor and systemic bias, the multiple dimensions of identity, and the goals of multicultural counseling competence. Students will develop competencies through exploration of his or her personal values and belief systems, factors of power and oppression, racial/cultural/gender/sexual orientation identity formation, and ethical practice. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 503

Human Growth and Development (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to human development throughout the lifespan, including emotional development, social development, physical development, and cognitive development. Topics include theories of development and theories of learning, understanding biological, neurological, physiological, environmental and systemic factors that impact development, and a general framework for promoting resilience and wellness in culturally appropriate ways. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 510

Professional Ethics and Law (5)

This graduate-level course provides a comprehensive overview of professional ethical codes and legal responsibilities as they relate to the practice of counseling and the development of a professional identity as a counselor. Areas of focus include professional boundaries, fiduciary responsibilities, confidentiality, dual relationships, ethical decision making, professional disclosures, power differentials, and professional communication. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 514

Research Methods and Statistics (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to evaluating and conducting research in counseling. The course has three overarching objectives. First, students learn to locate community resources and evaluate research related to core areas of counseling practice. Second, students learn to conduct program evaluations. Third, students learn about evidence-based practice in counseling, specifically examining common factors research. Methods instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online asynchronous work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 525

Testing and Assessment (5)

This graduate-level course is an introduction to assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Students learn to administer, score, and interpret a variety of assessment instruments and incorporate test results into written reports. Students complete a series of in-class diagnostic interviews, mental status examinations, symptom inventories, and personality assessments. Methods of instruction for this course primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online work required. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 526

Counseling Theory (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to counseling theories and their practical application during the counseling process. Students are introduced to the five major theoretical schools (psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, systemic, and constructivist). The course also explores a number of current issues in counseling and psychotherapy. Each student deeply analyzes their beliefs about human behavior, resulting in the development of an initial, critically-informed personal theory of counseling. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 527

Group Counseling (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the group counseling process. Students learn group process theory and skills by participating as both members and as leaders in a small group experience. Students explore the application of various group approaches to specific client populations and clinical settings. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, complemented by asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 562

Systemic Theory: Trauma Counseling and Disaster Mental Health (5)

This course is an introduction to the research and practice of crisis counseling, trauma counseling, and disaster mental health. Theoretical understanding and counseling competencies specific to the student’s specialization track include attention to social context, ethics, and legal implications, including analyzing social and cultural dimensions of power in interpersonal relationships. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

Required Courses Outside the Core

COUN 512

Systemic Theory: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (5)

This graduate-level course introduces systemic thinking and a variety of Family Therapy theories and interventions. The course has two overarching objectives. First, students develop self-awareness into their own family-of-origin. Second, students explore the history of Family Therapy (Bowen, Strategic, Structural), the Feminist Critique, Post-Modern Theories, Neurobiological Research, and key family/social dynamics of the Twenty-First Century. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 516

Career Counseling in Clinical Settings (3)

This graduate-level course introduces students to career development theory and application in career counseling. Students will have the opportunity to learn the history of career counseling and become familiar with the developmental theories that are a hallmark of the field’s evolution and practice. Students will be introduced to how theory is practiced in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. Students will also learn about the relationship between work and mental health, career development across the lifespan, workforce trends, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program.

COUN 520

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I (5)

In this first graduate-level course of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence, students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class, face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 521

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology II (5)

This graduate-level course is the second section of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence. students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class, face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission; completion of COUN 520: Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I

COUN 529

Addictions and Co-Occurring Perspectives (3)

In this graduate-level introduction to addictions and co-occurring issues in the mental health field, counseling students will engage in learning about a variety of theories and etiologies of addiction and addictive behaviors. The course will provide the foundational skills needed to conduct an assessment of co-occurring disorders, including substance use and process addictions. Students will develop skills in determining the stage of the addiction process and the client’s readiness for change using the transtheoretical model, identify level of treatment need on the continuum of care, and practice treatment planning that addresses complex co-occurring issues. Students will also experience the process of behavior change, through engagement in a weekly support group. Methods of instruction feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program; COUN 520: Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I

COUN 605

Systemic Theory in Couples Counseling (3)

This course exposes students to relationship issues and therapeutic techniques for counseling couples that are grounded in empirically-based clinical findings. Current models of couples counseling will be explored. Students will learn to teach skills to couples, in order to strengthen and support their relationships. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, complimented by asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program

COUN 609

Systemic Theory: Human Sexuality (3)

This course involves the study of human sexuality (e.g., gender, sexual functioning, sexual orientation) and current sexual behaviors and disorders addressed in clinical practice. Topics include sexual development, sexual orientation, sex addiction, addiction to internet pornography, and cybersex. The impact of these behaviors and disorders on intimate relationships and models of clinical interventions will be examined. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program; Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling program plan.

COUN 692

Capstone Project and Comprehensive Examination (4)

The Master of Arts in Counseling program follows a developmental sequence in preparing counselors for work in schools, agencies, medical settings, chemical dependency treatment facilities, and private practice. Prior to completing their program of study, students will submit a capstone project and complete a summative assessment of learning. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program— CHOOSE 1 OF THE FOLLOWING —

COUN 607

Counseling Children and Adolescents (1)

This course provides an exploration of counseling approaches to working with children and adolescents from a developmentally appropriate stance. Topics include: counseling interventions and strategies for children, counseling interventions and strategies for adolescents, cultural considerations when working with children and adolescents and ethical considerations when working with children and adolescents. Methods of instruction may include online or face-to-face learning, or a combination of the two. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 608

Older Adults (1)

This course presents critical information for counselors working with older adults. Current issues and pragmatic considerations, and their implications for treatment will be explored. Students engage in study and discussion of social, generational, cultural, financial, medical and ethical concerns specific to the older adult population. Methods of instruction may include online or face-to-face learning, or a combination of the two. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

Internships/Practica

COUN 621

Practicum I (1)

This is a first course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. A Practicum contract is signed at the beginning of the field experience by the faculty supervisor, site supervisor, and student. The faculty and site supervisor remain in contact throughout the Practicum experience. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 622

Practicum II (1)

This is a second course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date.

COUN 632

Practicum III (1)

In this second graduate-level course of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence, students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Students achieve this objective by completing a series of case studies using the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), with instructor feedback provided before students begin the next case study. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 633

Practicum IV (1)

This is a fourth course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program

COUN 651

Internship I (3)

In this first course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

COUN 652

Internship II (3)

In this second course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

COUN 653

Internship III (3)

In this third course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

Addiction Counseling Emphasis (90)

Core CACREP Areas

COUN 501

Introduction to Counseling Practice (5)

This graduate-level course introduces fundamental counseling skills needed to facilitate therapeutic change. The objective of this course is to train students to conduct a client interview using the foundational practices of the field. Topics explored include essential interviewing and counseling skills, establishing a therapeutic alliance, counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes, and professional documentation. Students will also learn a general framework for understanding and practicing consultation and an orientation to wellness and prevention as desired counseling goals. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning.

COUN 502

Systemic Theory: Multicultural Counseling (5)

This graduate-level course serves as an introduction to the theory, ethics and practice of multicultural counseling. Students will examine the sociopolitical nature of counseling, the impact of counselor and systemic bias, the multiple dimensions of identity, and the goals of multicultural counseling competence. Students will develop competencies through exploration of his or her personal values and belief systems, factors of power and oppression, racial/cultural/gender/sexual orientation identity formation, and ethical practice. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 503

Human Growth and Development (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to human development throughout the lifespan, including emotional development, social development, physical development, and cognitive development. Topics include theories of development and theories of learning, understanding biological, neurological, physiological, environmental and systemic factors that impact development, and a general framework for promoting resilience and wellness in culturally appropriate ways. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 510

Professional Ethics and Law (5)

This graduate-level course provides a comprehensive overview of professional ethical codes and legal responsibilities as they relate to the practice of counseling and the development of a professional identity as a counselor. Areas of focus include professional boundaries, fiduciary responsibilities, confidentiality, dual relationships, ethical decision making, professional disclosures, power differentials, and professional communication. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 514

Research Methods and Statistics (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to evaluating and conducting research in counseling. The course has three overarching objectives. First, students learn to locate community resources and evaluate research related to core areas of counseling practice. Second, students learn to conduct program evaluations. Third, students learn about evidence-based practice in counseling, specifically examining common factors research. Methods instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online asynchronous work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 525

Testing and Assessment (5)

This graduate-level course is an introduction to assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Students learn to administer, score, and interpret a variety of assessment instruments and incorporate test results into written reports. Students complete a series of in-class diagnostic interviews, mental status examinations, symptom inventories, and personality assessments. Methods of instruction for this course primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online work required. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 526

Counseling Theory (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to counseling theories and their practical application during the counseling process. Students are introduced to the five major theoretical schools (psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, systemic, and constructivist). The course also explores a number of current issues in counseling and psychotherapy. Each student deeply analyzes their beliefs about human behavior, resulting in the development of an initial, critically-informed personal theory of counseling. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 527

Group Counseling (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the group counseling process. Students learn group process theory and skills by participating as both members and as leaders in a small group experience. Students explore the application of various group approaches to specific client populations and clinical settings. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, complemented by asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 562

Systemic Theory: Trauma Counseling and Disaster Mental Health (5)

This course is an introduction to the research and practice of crisis counseling, trauma counseling, and disaster mental health. Theoretical understanding and counseling competencies specific to the student’s specialization track include attention to social context, ethics, and legal implications, including analyzing social and cultural dimensions of power in interpersonal relationships. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

Required Courses Outside the Core

COUN 516

Career Counseling in Clinical Settings (3)

This graduate-level course introduces students to career development theory and application in career counseling. Students will have the opportunity to learn the history of career counseling and become familiar with the developmental theories that are a hallmark of the field’s evolution and practice. Students will be introduced to how theory is practiced in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. Students will also learn about the relationship between work and mental health, career development across the lifespan, workforce trends, and ethical issues. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program.

COUN 520

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I (5)

In this first graduate-level course of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence, students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class, face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 521

Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology II (5)

This graduate-level course is the second section of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence. students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class, face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission; completion of COUN 520: Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology I

COUN 680

Survey of Addictions: Pharmacology and Physiology of Addictions (5)

In this survey of addictions, students will gain understanding of the major theories of etiology of addiction. Topics include understanding the pharmacological properties and physiological effects of addictive substances and the influence of culture on the use of addictive substances. Students will learn the various signs and symptoms used for assessment of addiction. Students will receive a packet of materials from the instructor at the beginning of the course.

COUN 684

Substance Use Disorder Law and Ethics (5)

This course prepares students to apply current legal and ethical guidelines related to Chemical Dependency Counseling in Washington State. Coverage includes the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC) code of ethics, substance use disorder laws and ethics, and other relevant legislation specific to the chemical dependency field. Students will apply ethical principles to case studies. Students will receive a packet of materials from the instructor at the beginning of the course. Prerequisite: COUN 680

COUN 687

Treatment of Addictions: Individual, Group, and Family Addictions Counseling using ASAM Criteria (5)

Using evidence-based practice, students develop conceptual knowledge and practical skills to diagnose and treat substance abuse disorders. This course covers screening, assessment, and diagnoses, as well as determining American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) placement criteria and level of care. Students learn the appropriate treatment modalities for individuals, groups, and families. Co-occurring disorders and trauma are also addressed. Students will receive a packet of materials from the instructor at the beginning of the course. Prerequisite: COUN 680, COUN 684

COUN 692

Capstone Project and Comprehensive Examination (4)

The Master of Arts in Counseling program follows a developmental sequence in preparing counselors for work in schools, agencies, medical settings, chemical dependency treatment facilities, and private practice. Prior to completing their program of study, students will submit a capstone project and complete a summative assessment of learning. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

Internships/Practica

COUN 621

Practicum I (1)

This is a first course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. A Practicum contract is signed at the beginning of the field experience by the faculty supervisor, site supervisor, and student. The faculty and site supervisor remain in contact throughout the Practicum experience. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 622

Practicum II (1)

This is a second course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date.

COUN 632

Practicum III (1)

In this second graduate-level course of a two-part Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology sequence, students learn core skills in case conceptualization, diagnosis, and treatment planning, while developing an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Students achieve this objective by completing a series of case studies using the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), with instructor feedback provided before students begin the next case study. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 633

Practicum IV (1)

This is a fourth course of a four-part practicum sequence (COUN 621, 622, 632, 633). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of client contact at a program-approved site. Students will meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements and submit all assignments by the due date. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC program

COUN 651

Internship I (3)

In this first course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

COUN 652

Internship II (3)

In this second course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

COUN 653

Internship III (3)

In this third course of the internship sequence (COUN 651, 652, 653) students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised client contact either at the City University of Seattle counseling center or an external site in the community. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor will design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student will carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Students are expected to use and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: COUN 550: Comprehensive Exam

Professional School Counseling Emphasis (90)

Core CACREP Areas

COUN 501

Introduction to Counseling Practice (5)

This graduate-level course introduces fundamental counseling skills needed to facilitate therapeutic change. The objective of this course is to train students to conduct a client interview using the foundational practices of the field. Topics explored include essential interviewing and counseling skills, establishing a therapeutic alliance, counselor characteristics and behaviors that influence helping processes, and professional documentation. Students will also learn a general framework for understanding and practicing consultation and an orientation to wellness and prevention as desired counseling goals. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning.

COUN 502

Systemic Theory: Multicultural Counseling (5)

This graduate-level course serves as an introduction to the theory, ethics and practice of multicultural counseling. Students will examine the sociopolitical nature of counseling, the impact of counselor and systemic bias, the multiple dimensions of identity, and the goals of multicultural counseling competence. Students will develop competencies through exploration of his or her personal values and belief systems, factors of power and oppression, racial/cultural/gender/sexual orientation identity formation, and ethical practice. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 503

Human Growth and Development (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to human development throughout the lifespan, including emotional development, social development, physical development, and cognitive development. Topics include theories of development and theories of learning, understanding biological, neurological, physiological, environmental and systemic factors that impact development, and a general framework for promoting resilience and wellness in culturally appropriate ways. Methods of instruction involve a mixture of in-class face-to-face learning and online asynchronous learning. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 510

Professional Ethics and Law (5)

This graduate-level course provides a comprehensive overview of professional ethical codes and legal responsibilities as they relate to the practice of counseling and the development of a professional identity as a counselor. Areas of focus include professional boundaries, fiduciary responsibilities, confidentiality, dual relationships, ethical decision making, professional disclosures, power differentials, and professional communication. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 514

Research Methods and Statistics (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to evaluating and conducting research in counseling. The course has three overarching objectives. First, students learn to locate community resources and evaluate research related to core areas of counseling practice. Second, students learn to conduct program evaluations. Third, students learn about evidence-based practice in counseling, specifically examining common factors research. Methods instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online asynchronous work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 525

Testing and Assessment (5)

This graduate-level course is an introduction to assessment and testing instruments in counseling. Students learn to administer, score, and interpret a variety of assessment instruments and incorporate test results into written reports. Students complete a series of in-class diagnostic interviews, mental status examinations, symptom inventories, and personality assessments. Methods of instruction for this course primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some online work required. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 526

Counseling Theory (5)

This course provides a graduate-level introduction to counseling theories and their practical application during the counseling process. Students are introduced to the five major theoretical schools (psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, systemic, and constructivist). The course also explores a number of current issues in counseling and psychotherapy. Each student deeply analyzes their beliefs about human behavior, resulting in the development of an initial, critically-informed personal theory of counseling. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program

COUN 527

Group Counseling (5)

This course is a graduate-level introduction to the group counseling process. Students learn group process theory and skills by participating as both members and as leaders in a small group experience. Students explore the application of various group approaches to specific client populations and clinical settings. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, complemented by asynchronous online activities. Prerequisite: Must be enrolled in MAC Plan.

COUN 562

Systemic Theory: Trauma Counseling and Disaster Mental Health (5)

This course is an introduction to the research and practice of crisis counseling, trauma counseling, and disaster mental health. Theoretical understanding and counseling competencies specific to the student’s specialization track include attention to social context, ethics, and legal implications, including analyzing social and cultural dimensions of power in interpersonal relationships. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

Required Courses Outside the Core

COUN 512

Systemic Theory: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (5)

This graduate-level course introduces systemic thinking and a variety of Family Therapy theories and interventions. The course has two overarching objectives. First, students develop self-awareness into their own family-of-origin. Second, students explore the history of Family Therapy (Bowen, Strategic, Structural), the Feminist Critique, Post-Modern Theories, Neurobiological Research, and key family/social dynamics of the Twenty-First Century. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: MAC program admission

COUN 523

ASCA Model (1)

This course provides an introductory overview of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) model that students observe and practice during their practicum and internship experiences. Students begin to develop a portfolio of their competencies that they submit as a culminating project at the end of their program. Methods of instruction primarily feature in class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work.

COUN 560

Introduction to School Counseling Models (6)

This course provides an overview of the comprehensive school counseling model, delivery, management, and accountability systems. Students engage in study and discussion of the evolving role of the school counselor in a PK-12 setting. Students develop a professional growth plan. Topics include: American School Counselors Association (ASCA) model, guidance, curriculum, system support, and school counselor roles and responsibilities, and ethics. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 564

Career Counseling in School Settings (5)

This course explores career counseling and life planning with children in a PK-12 setting. Topics include: career exploration techniques and resources, career theory, career exploration and development curriculum, multicultural issues, global issues, diversity within communities, and resources available to assist both school counselors and students outside of the classroom. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 567

Advanced Child Development and Play Therapy (5)

This course explores child growth and development and its effects on how children grow and learn while also navigating the landscape of education within a PK-12 setting including the context of historical and current theoretical models, as well as the practicality and application of play therapy within the context of each stage of child growth and development. Topics include: effects of various ethnic, socioeconomic, cultural, and age considerations on development, strategies and approaches that help educators and parents understand developmentally appropriate challenges, play therapy theories and applications which may assist future school counselors working with students in various developmental stages. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 569

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology (5)

This course explores Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology within the context of school counseling in order to assist future school counselors in gaining a fundamental understanding of the material in order to inform their role when dealing with treatment plans and diagnosis of students from outside agencies. Methods of intervention include: diagnosis, and treatment planning, understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, psychiatric medications, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class, face-to-face learning, with some asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 692

Capstone Project and Comprehensive Examination (4)

The Master of Arts in Counseling program follows a developmental sequence in preparing counselors for work in schools, agencies, medical settings, chemical dependency treatment facilities, and private practice. Prior to completing their program of study, students will submit a capstone project and complete a summative assessment of learning. Methods of instruction primarily feature: in-class face-to-face learning, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program— CHOOSE 1 OF THE FOLLOWING —

COUN 511

Loss and Grief Counseling (2)

In this course, processes involved in bereavement are explored from a developmental perspective. Students learn the techniques of effective loss and grief counseling which remediate grieving processes, facilitate healthy grieving processes, and promote new relationships and progress towards life goals. The method of instruction for this course is primarily online work, supplemented by several in-class sessions.

COUN 513

Brief Therapy Models (2)

This course provides an overview of the common factors inherent in all effective psychotherapies and provides skill development in the planning of treatment that is time-sensitive, pragmatic, and outcome-focused. Students will conduct taped interviews utilizing brief counseling models. The method of instruction for this course is primarily online work, supplemented by several in-class sessions.

Internships/Practica

COUN 570

School Counseling Practicum I (1)

This is the first course of a three-part practicum sequence (COUN 570, 572, 574). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of student contact at a program-approved PK-12 school. Faculty and site supervisor remain in contact throughout the Practicum experience. Students meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student is responsible for professional liability insurance and must abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 572

School Counseling Practicum II (1)

This is the second course of a three-part practicum sequence (COUN 570, 572, 574). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of student contact at a program-approved PK-12 school. Faculty and site supervisor remain in contact throughout the Practicum experience. Students meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student is responsible for professional liability insurance and must abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 574

School Counseling Practicum III (1)

This is the third course of a three-part practicum sequence (COUN 570, 572, 574). For the entire Practicum sequence, students complete 100 total hours and 40 direct hours of student contact at a program-approved PK-12 school. Faculty and site supervisor remain in contact throughout the Practicum experience. Students meet weekly with a site supervisor for individual/triadic supervision, and weekly with the course instructor for group supervision. The student is responsible for professional liability insurance and must abide by the ACA Code of Ethics. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face to-face learning. Grading for this course is Pass/Fail. To pass, students must meet minimum performance requirements. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 660

School Counseling Internship I (3)

This is the first course of the internship sequence (COUN 660, 662, 664). For the entire internship sequence, students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised student contact at their PK-12 internship school site. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, and required staff meetings. Students must carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics, and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional a synchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 662

School Counseling Internship II (3)

This is the second course of the internship sequence (COUN 660, 662, 664). For the entire internship sequence, students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised student contact at their PK-12 internship school site. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student must carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional asynchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

COUN 664

School Counseling Internship III (3)

This is the third course of the internship sequence (COUN 660, 662, 664). For the entire internship sequence, students actively participate in 600 total hours and 240 direct hours of supervised student contact at their PK-12 internship school site. The student, site supervisor, and faculty supervisor design an internship contract that includes roles and responsibilities, schedule, supervision format and frequency, required staff meetings, and client contact arrangements. The student must carry professional liability insurance and abide by the ACA Code of Ethics and complete the forms included in the MAC Clinical Training Manual. At the conclusion of each quarter of internship, students are evaluated by the faculty supervisor in consultation with the site supervisor. Methods of instruction primarily feature in-class face-to-face learning in a group supervision format, with some additional a synchronous online work. Prerequisite: Admission to the MAC Program

  • Practicum is defined as a supervised counseling experience totaling 100 hours, of which 40 must be direct client hours, completed across two quarters in a clinical setting.
  • Students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialization complete three sections of Internship (COUN 651, 652, 653), which is defined as a supervised counseling experience totaling 600-hours, of which 240 must be direct client hours, completed across three quarters in a clinical setting.
  • Students in the Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling specialization complete five sections of Internship (COUN 651, 652, 653, 654, 655), which is defined as a supervised counseling experience totaling 600 hours, of which 500 which must direct client hours, and 250 must be direct client hours with couples, families and children, completed across five quarters in a clinical setting.

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
  • Hospitals

All four emphases in this master’s in counseling degree program include core knowledge courses such as research, theory, human development, and ethics. Courses cover a broad range of issues to prepare you for real client work, which may include:

  • Counseling and assessments
  • Trauma and violence counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Addiction counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Brief therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Couples therapy

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