The mission of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Seattle University is to prepare mental health counselors to be ethical, reflective, and multiculturally competent leaders and change agents to work in clinical mental health, hospital, agencies, and college settings. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Seattle University has a rich tradition of preparing counselors for nearly four decades.
Seattle University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is a national leader in preparing mental health counselors for the field. The program holds the distinction of being the first counseling program in Seattle to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The program received CACREP accreditation in 2011. CACREP is the leading accrediting body for master’s level counseling programs in the country. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is also ranked as the top graduate counseling program in Seattle based on program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rates, accreditation length, research productivity of faculty, and cost of tuition and fees by Top Counseling Schools, a website for counseling students and professionals.
The counseling faculty are national leaders in their respective areas of research. Counseling faculty are also involved at the state and national levels regarding clinical mental health counseling issues. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is the only program in the nation where graduates are eligible to pursue Washington State chemical dependency certification upon graduation. This distinction positions our clinical mental health counseling graduates to provide integrated care. Graduates of the program are able to provide both substance abuse and mental health counseling.
Graduates of the program leave with a deep understanding of mental health and substance abuse issues, strong clinical skills, and possess a commitment to social justice.
When you pursue our master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Seattle University, you are eligible to pursue post-master’s chemical dependency certification required to do addiction counseling—all integrated into one degree .
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program prepares students for work in various community settings, such as youth service agencies, mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals and correctional facilities.
prepared to be technologically competent, professional, ethical decision-makers, and knowledgeable of legal matters.
prepared to tailor their approach to align with clients’ cultural worldview, practice advocacy, value diversity and promote social justice.
prepared to improve client understanding, well-being, addictions, and to enhance resiliency from a multicultural and social justice framework.
prepared to help individuals make informed career decisions.
prepared with effective use of empowerment techniques for working with diverse populations.
prepared to assess individuals’ abilities, aptitudes, achievements and interests.
prepared to research and evaluate services and make research based professional judgments.
prepared with the foundation to effectively work in a clinical mental health agency and with chemical dependency issues.
prepared to understand the role of a clinical mental health agency within the larger community.
prepared with knowledge and skills to provide quality service in clinical mental health settings that lead to a more just and humane world
“SU’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has provided me with a dynamic educational experience. I am grateful for the engaged and caring faculty that have prepared me to help people live healthier and happier.”Riley Cornett, Clinical Mental Health Counseling alumnus