We believe the most important learning experiences in becoming a therapist occur through a process of ongoing and deepening dialogue between students, program faculty, researchers, and clinical mentors. To facilitate this kind of dialogue, we limit the number of students admitted to the Master of Arts in Psychology program to approximately 20 per year. These students enter the program as a cohort, take many of their courses with one another, and move toward graduation together.
The program's distinctive curriculum includes the study of clinical and philosophical texts, first person narratives and case studies, extensive personal reflection and experiential exercises, opportunities for training in qualitative and phenomenological reseach, and a 9 to 12 month clinical internship. Upon completion of their two years of work in the program, our students are prepared to begin supervised clincial work as aspiring therapists. Most students go on to become Licensed Mental Health Counselors in Washington state. Some graduates continue onward to doctoral studies in clinical psychology, often with scholarly interests focused on the use of qualitative and phenomenological methods in clinical research.
Existential phenomenology embraces a rich, diverse, body of thought, grounded in the disciplines of philosophy, psychology and the humanities. It offers a substantially different model of training from most other clinical programs. The Master of Arts in Psychology program at Seattle University distinguishes itself by using these reflective traditions as a foundation for training students as psychotherapists. Existential and phenomenological ideas serve as a source of both questions and insights into basic human experiences of love, growth, suffering, healing, spirituality, and making meaning.
Professor Steen Halling, one of the program's founders, provides an overview of the Master of Arts in Psychology program.
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