Seattle University Offers Opportunities to Join Rapidly Expanding Fields

Programs rooted in social justice and care for the whole person

Employment of relationship therapists, clinical social workers, mental health counselors, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners is projected to grow 23% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations overall, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Explore the many options offered at Seattle University and find the path that meets your own passion.

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Become a counseling advocate with a commitment to social justice

We 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. Our program holds the distinction of being the first school counseling program in Seattle to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

 

 

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Become a counseling advocate with a commitment to social justice

Our new Online Clinical Mental Health program brings the same curriculum of our established in-person program online. We 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.

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Training compassionate, systemic therapists

We prepare you to become a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT). Under the guidance of approved clinicians, you learn to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health and relationship concerns. You engage in self-of-the-therapist exploration to better understand yourself as a care provider. Graduates report being prepared to clinically heal and empower individuals and relationships from intersecting social locations (e.g., ethnicities, gender identities, faith traditions).

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Solid clinical training, rich, rigorous foundation for therapeutic practice

We bring 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.

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Preparing Scientific, Compassionate Nurses to Provide High-Quality, Evidence-Based Health Care

We prepare you for advanced nursing practice and leadership in transforming health care systems that serve individuals with mental health and substance-related problems and their families. Our program’s distinctive approach focuses on the integration of mental health and addictions treatment in community, primary care, hospital and outpatient settings. 

 

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Gain the skills necessary to help K-12 youth address issues they are facing today

We prepare professional school counselors to be ethical, reflective, and multiculturally competent leaders and change agents to work in K-12 schools, both public and private. Our program holds the distinction of being the first school counseling program in Seattle to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). 

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Positively impact a child’s life, inside and outside the classroom

Our graduates are knowledgeable, ethical, and reflective educational professionals who lead and advocate for social justice. The School Psychology program prepares school psychologists to collaborate with professional colleagues, families, and the larger community to serve and advocate for students. Our NASP approved program develops school psychologists who embody and act upon a commitment to social justice, particularly among disenfranchised students and families.

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Social justice-focused and community-based social work

Develop values, skills and knowledge in advanced clinical social work practice, including assessment of vulnerabilities, strengths and resilience in individuals, families and groups in social, cultural and historical contexts; evidence-based and culturally responsive interventions to restore and enhance functioning; advocacy for economic and social justice and human rights; and social justice focused, critical and professional use of self for service and social change.

Program Comparison

See how our different programs match your goals and needs.

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Start Term / Priority Deadline / Delivery
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Fall / Feb. 1 / In-person

Online Clinical Mental Health

Fall / Apr. 1 / Online

Couples and Family Therapy

Fall / Jan. 15 / In-person

Psychology

Fall / Jan. 15 / In-person

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Summer / Dec. 1 / In-person

School Counseling

Fall / Feb. 1 / In-person

School Psychology

Summer or Fall / Feb. 1 / In-person

Winter or Spring / Oct. 20 / In-person

Social Work

Advanced Standing: Summer / Jan. 20 / In-person

Two-year MSW: Fall / Jan. 20 / In-person

Program Duration / Credit Hours / Costs
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

3 years (if full-time) / 90 credits / $663 per credit

Online Clinical Mental Health

3 years (if full-time) / 90 credit hours / $663 per credit hour

Couples and Family Therapy

2 years (if full-time) / 56 credits / $663 per credit

Psychology

2 years, full-time / 72 credits / $765 per credit

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

3 years (11 quarters full-time, RN to DNP Entry) / 105 credits / $852 per credit

4 years (15 quarters full-time, APNI to DNP Entry) / 162 credits / $852 per credit

School Counseling

3 years / 90 credits / $663 per credit

 

School Psychology

Post-Bachelor's Degree: 3 years (11 quarters, if full-time) / 90 credits / $663 per credit

Post-Master’s Degree: 3 years (11 quarters, if full-time) / 60 credits / $663 per credit

Social Work

Advanced Standing / 10 months / 39 credits (requires BSW or BASW from accredited program) / $729 per credit

Two-year MSW / 2 years / 66 credits / $729 per credit

Practicum / Internship Requirements
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

100 practicum hours, on-site

600 internship hours, on-site

Online Clinical Mental Health

100 practicum hours, on-site (your location)

600 internship hours, on-site (your location)

Couples and Family Therapy

400 clinical hours

 

Psychology

600-hour internship

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

APNI to DNP: 1,600 clinical/internship hours

RN to DNP: 1,000 clinical/internship hours

School Counseling

100 practicum hours, on-site

600 internship hours, on-site

School Psychology

Three field-based practicums

1,200 internship hours

Social Work

Advanced Standing: 720 practicum hours

Two-year MSW: 1,168 practicum hours

Types of Degree and licensure/certification
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Education (MAEd)

Prepares graduates for licensure in the State of Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Washington State Substance Use Disorder Certification preparation. Rules for licensing in other states are established on a state-by-state basis.

Online Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Master of Education (MAEd)

Prepares graduates for licensure in the State of Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Washington State Substance Use Disorder Certification preparation. Rules for licensing in other states are established on a state-by-state basis.

Couples and Family Therapy

Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy (MACFT)

Graduates are prepared to begin clinical practice as Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Associates (LMFTA) while working toward the full LMFT license

Psychology

Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP)

Prepares graduates for licensure in the State of Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). Rules for licensing in other states are established on a state by state basis.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Psychiatric Mental Health

Graduates are eligible to sit for the Family PMHNP examination from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)

School Counseling

Master of Education (MAEd)

Residency level Educational Staff Associate (ESA) Certification in K-12 settings, public and private. Also prepares graduates for licensure in the State of Washington as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and preparation for Washington State Substance Use Disorder Certification. Rules for licensing in other states are established on a state-by-state basis.

School Psychology

Educational Specialist Degree (EdS); degree falls between master’s and doctoral degrees 

Washington state certification (ESA Certification). National certification (National Certificate in School Psychology).

Social Work

Master of Social Work (MSW)

Sub-specialization opportunities available in addiction counseling, medical/health, trauma informed practice.

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