Training in what matters most
Respected throughout the Puget Sound region, the MAP program brings together research and reflection from the fields of clinical psychology, philosophy and the humanities. Instruction draws extensively on the study of qualitative research, first person narratives, and phenomenological analysis in seeking to understand the lived experiences of others.
Students learn to work with common clinical diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. More than this, they learn how to be fully present with others through experiences of suffering and distress, how to facilitate a process of meaning-making and healing, and how to work skillfully across social and cultural barriers and differences.
The program’s extensive internship placement prepares students for success as psychotherapists in community settings, private practice, hospitals, and clinics. By drawing upon the insights of a number of disciplines and by laying a solid foundation for a therapeutic practice, the program prepares students to enter the counseling profession whether as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington or through pursuing doctoral or other graduate studies.