Master of Arts in Counseling

Next Start
October 2024
Format
Mixed Mode (Seattle)*
Total Credits
90
Price per Credit
$700

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis.

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 all backgrounds. Race, poverty, social injustices, gender issues, sexuality, immigration status, and differences in 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 MAC that social justice issues must be addressed if one is to address the overall well-being of individuals, families, and communities. We provide opportunities for our students to be involved in these social justice issues.

Coupled with the above, using a practitioner-scholar model, the MAC program trains well-rounded clinical mental health counselors (CMHC), professional school counselors (PSC), and marriage, couple, & family counselors (MCFC) for the realities of day-to-day practice within a diverse world.

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.

Some classes meet in person on Saturdays. Please speak with an advisor for current schedules.

City University of Seattle's 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.

CACREP Accredited Tracks*

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State
  • Professional School Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for the School Counselor K-12 credential in Washington State
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in Washington State

*Tracks are contingent on applications and enrollments into the respective specialty areas that substantiate a cohort model of learning.

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 link to the American Counseling Association's licensure requirements by state.

MAC Mission Statement

At the City University of Seattle MAC Program, our mission is to advance anti-racist counselor education, forging intentional pathways steeped in liberation ideology across our Clinical Mental Health and Professional School Counseling programs. Aligned with the esteemed standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP), we are committed to molding the next generation of counselors into change agents, social justice advocates, and perpetual learners.

Our dedication extends to empowering students as proactive community partners and leaders, emphasizing a strengths-based wellness approach within the ever-evolving global landscape. Through rigorous training, we prepare graduates to be licensed mental health counselors and/or certified professional school counselors, positioning them to effect positive change in a diverse and dynamic society.

At the City University of Seattle MAC Program, we are catalysts for societal transformation, cultivating professionals who embody excellence, equity, and compassion. Our mission is to shape individuals who, armed with knowledge and empathy, contribute to a more just and inclusive world.

MAC Program Objectives (POs) and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

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

  • PO1: To prepare counselors to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas: (1) professional orientation and ethical practice; (2) social and cultural diversity and social justice; (3) human growth and development; (4) career development; (5) helping relationships including counseling, prevention, education, consultation, and advocacy; (6) group work; (7) testing, assessment, and diagnosis; and (8) research and program evaluation.
    • KPI 1: Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice - Demonstrates understanding and applies professional ethical standards including clear and appropriate relationships with clients, colleagues, and the community.
    • KPI 2: 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.
    • KPI 3: 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.
    • KPI 4: Career Development - Demonstrates knowledge and working application of career development in counseling practice.
    • KPI 5: Counseling and Helping Relationships - Establishes and maintains effective counseling relationships, and employs theoretically grounded counseling techniques.
    • KPI 6: 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.
    • KPI 7: 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.
    • KPI 8: Research and Program Evaluation - Locates resources and critically evaluates research related to core areas of counseling to incorporate into clinical practice.
  • PO2: To prepare counselors to be multicultural and social justice competent leaders who tailor their approach to align with clients' cultural worldview, practice advocacy, value diversity, and promote social justice.
    • KPI 9: Social Justice - Demonstrates systemic understanding of the role of counselors in promoting social justice for the well-being of the greater community.
  • PO3: To prepare counselors with knowledge, skills, and experience to provide quality service in relevant mental health settings that lead to a more just and humane world.
    • KPI 10: 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.
    • KPI 11: Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling - Applies family systems theory to client(s) presenting problems and diagnoses, including co-occurring disorders, with appropriate theoretical-based treatment planning and interventions for projected outcomes.
    • KPI 12: Professional School Counseling - Demonstrates understanding and application of collaborative work with school and community resources to implement a K-12 comprehensive counseling program.

Specialty Areas

  • 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.

Fall 2023 Application Schedule:

Application Deadline February 1st
Application Review February 10th-21st
In-Person Interviews February 27th
Virtual Interviews March 1st-10th
Final Reviews March 10th-15th
Acceptance Notifications Sent Week of March 20th

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