Respected throughout the Puget Sound region, Seattle University’s Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) program brings together research and reflection from across the fields of clinical psychology, philosophy, and the humanities in laying a foundation for clinical practice. Instruction emphasizes reflective and experiential work, as well as the study of rich forms of qualitative research. It includes the study of first person narratives, existential and phenomenological analyses, and a close examination of the role of relational process in therapeutic work.
Your training will help you learn to be fully present with others through experiences of suffering and distress, how to facilitate a process of meaning-making and healing in the lives of others, and how to work skillfully across barriers of social and cultural difference.
MAP’s extensive internship placement program will prepare you for success as a psychotherapist working in community settings, private practice, hospitals or clinics. Whether preparing you to enter the counseling profession as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington or providing a foundation for further graduate studies, Seattle University’s MAP program is designed to support your professional and personal development as a therapist, and to empower you to impact the lives of individuals, families and communities.
Ava Keating (MAP '23) is the recipient of this year’s Wallace Loh Award for Academic Excellence. Given to the outstanding graduating student in the College of Arts & Sciences Graduate Programs, Ava is the 3rd MAP student to receive this award. Rarely does our therapeutically oriented program in psychology encounter a student who is so successfully and simultaneously committed to the scholarly, clinical, and sociopolitical dimensions of this most difficult work. Ava’s scholarship, in the context of clinical and liberatory psychology has tremendous potential to alter the way clients, clinicians, and the public at large think about what being therapeutic means, and for whom.
"I didn't just learn how to do therapy, I learned a way of being - a way of turning towards others - that has provided an essential foundation for my career as a play therapist. Throughout the program, I was immersed in stimulating readings and vibrant class discussions that inspired a complex way of thinking about the human experience."
More than a two-year degree program, the MAP program is a community of socially-engaged individuals who stay connected beyond graduation, who support and help each other to grow personally and professionally beyond the academic years. As a MAP alumnus, your community will include peers, faculty, mentors, our advisory board and other colleagues around the region. Through dedicated mentorship programs, professional development and continuing education events, conferences and volunteer service networks, you'll have a place in this community throughout your career.
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