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Make an Impact in the Mental Health Field

City University of Seattle’s Masters of Art in Counseling (MAC) has consistently examined social justice issues as they relate to the overall mental well-being of people from any background. Race, poverty, social injustices, gender issues, sexuality differences, morality and belief systems; all of these factors are taken into consideration in all course work and are of a particular focus in our training courses. It is the belief of the Counselor Education Department that social justice issues must be addressed if one is to address the overall well-being of individuals, families, and communities. We involve our students, and ourselves as faculty, in these social justice issues.

Coupled with the above, using a practitioner-scholar model, the MAC program trains well-rounded mental health counselors (CMHC), marriage, couple, and family counselors (MCFC), professional school counselors (PSC), and addictions counselors (AC) for the realities of day-to-day practice. In addition to Social Justice Awareness and 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.

The MAC programs are offered hybrid (predominately on-ground with augmented on-line components). If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you can apply for a MAC program at CityU. The program currently offers a weekday two-year cycle for CMHC, MCFC, and AC specialty tracks, and a three year (Saturdays) cycle for all four tracks (CMHC, MCFC, AC, and PSC).

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. Several tracks are offered so you can choose the path that is right for you*:

CACREP Accredited Tracks

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

CACREP Ready Tracks**

  • Addiction Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) in Washington state
  • Professional School Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for the School Counselor K-12 credential in Washington state

*Tracks are contingent on applications and enrollments into the respective specialty areas that substantiate a cohort model of learning. **These programs are in the process of seeking accreditation.

Note: Licensing and certification requirements vary by state. Students who relocate to another state during their enrollment may or may not satisfy the eligibility criteria to obtain a professional license or certification in that state. If a student is located outside of the State of Washington, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning an academic program outside of your state. CityU has provided the following information about requirements for certification or licensure in other select states.

MAC Program Learning Outcomes

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

  • Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice:
    Demonstrates understanding and applies professional ethical standards including clear and appropriate relationships with clients, colleagues, and the community.
  • Social and Cultural Diversity: Collaborates with people of diverse ethnicity, culture, gender identity, sexual identity, physical ability, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status through a lens of social justice and advocacy.
  • Human Growth and Development: Develops understanding and awareness into what impacts personal development through a lens of resiliency and wellness for clients across the lifespan.
  • Career Development: Demonstrates knowledge and working application of career development in counseling practice.
  • Counseling and Helping Relationships: Establishes and maintains effective counseling relationships, and employs theoretically grounded counseling techniques.
  • Group Counseling and Group Work: Applies methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society using theories of group counseling, principles of group dynamics, facilitation styles, and direct experiences.
  • Assessment and Testing: Gathers information to assess needs and next steps in the counseling process, including assessment for suicide/homicide risk and reporting requirements for abuse/ neglect of vulnerable populations.
  • Research and Program Evaluation: Locates resources and critically evaluates research related to core areas of counseling to incorporate into clinical practice.
  • Social Justice: Demonstrates systemic understanding of the role of counselors in promoting social justice for the well-being of the greater community.

Specialty Areas

  • Addiction Counseling: Demonstrates knowledge and abilities to identify presenting symptoms and differential diagnoses including co-occurring disorders incorporated into the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) six-dimensional assessment model with appropriate theoretical-based treatment planning including interventions for projected outcomes.
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Applies counseling theory to client presenting problems and diagnoses, including co-occurring disorders, with appropriate theoretical-based treatment planning and interventions for projected outcomes.
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling: Applies family systems theory to client(s) presenting problems and diagnoses.
  • Professional School Counseling: Demonstrates understanding and application of collaborative work with school and community resources to implement a K-12 comprehensive counseling program.

Program Resources

The following resources are available:

*The institutional media accurately describe the academic unit, the core counselor education program faculty, and each program and specialty area offered, including admissions criteria, accreditation status, methods of instruction, minimum degree requirements, matriculation requirements, and financial aid information.



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