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.

 Program Features


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 .

Associate professor of counseling, Dr. Mary Amanda Graham and Department Chair, Dr. Manivong J. Ratts.

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.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling program objectives are:

“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

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