Master of Arts in Counseling

Welcome

Welcome, MAC students! We are very excited that you’ve chosen to pursue your graduate studies with us at City University of Seattle. The MAC faculty is excited for the opportunity to work with you and to welcome you to our Learning Community.

Here in the MAC program, we are working hard to find innovative ways to meet your educational and training needs, with the hope that we can provide a robust and engaging learning experience for you. As an example of our striving toward innovation, in the last few years, we’ve successfully navigated the CACREP-accreditation process for our program tracks in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Couple, and Family Counseling.  We are proud to let you know that both we received an 8-year accreditation status. We are working on obtaining CACREP accreditation for the Professional School Counseling track.

Another example of our innovative spirit is the development of the MAC Learning Community. In 2016, our program was awarded a $25,000 grant from the National University System. With this award, we’ve developed the MAC Writing Support Center, and we’ve broadened our community engagement by offering trainings and workshops at different community mental health centers and cultural groups.

Finally, we have chartered a chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, which is an international honor society for counseling students and counselor educators. This group is in the early stages of development, and we are excited to welcome new qualified students who can provide leadership and energy around social justice activities and learning opportunities and professional development opportunities for MAC students.

Again, welcome to our program. I look forward to getting to know you, and I look forward to the opportunity to be a companion on your journey towards becoming a counselor. Please know that I am available if you have any questions or concerns.

About the Program

The M.A. in Counseling is for students who want to work as licensed and certified counselors in Washington State. The program trains well-rounded counselors for the realities of daily practice. It emphasizes an understanding of theory and its application to practice. Students are introduced to a broad range of both clinical issues through a breadth of course work, delivered by core and practitioner faculty. Supported practica and internships focus on the delivery of counseling services, and assist students to develop a coherent theoretical and ethical framework for practice.

The M.A. in Counseling program has four specialization tracks:

    • Addiction Counseling: For students who want to work as licensed mental health counselors (LMHC) and as a chemical dependency professional (CDP).
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling: for students who want to work as licensed mental health counselors (LMHC) in Washington State. This CACREP-accredited program trains well-rounded clinicians for the realities of daily practice. It emphasizes application of theory to practice. Students are introduced to a broad range of clinical issues through a breadth of course work, delivered by practitioner faculty. Supported internships focus on the delivery of clinical services, and assist students to  develop a coherent theoretical and ethical framework for practice.
    • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling: for students who want to work as licensed mental health counselors (LMHC) or as marriage and family therapists (LMFT) in Washington state and counsel families and couples. The CACREP-accredited program trains well-rounded clinicians for the realities of daily practice. It emphasizes application of theory to practice. Students are introduced to a broad range of clinical issues through a breadth of course work, delivered by practitioner faculty. Supported internships focus on the delivery of clinical services, and assist students to develop a coherent theoretical and ethical framework for practice.
    • Professional School Counseling: for students who want to work as licensed counselor and/or certified school counselor  in Washington State. The program trains well-rounded counselors for the realities of daily practice. It emphasizes an understanding of theory and its application to practice. Students are introduced to a broad range of professional counseling issues through a breadth of course work, delivered by core and practitioner faculty. Supported practica and internships focus on the delivery of counseling services, and assist students to develop a coherent and ethical framework for practice.

Program outcomes for the MA in Counseling can be found here.

Program Faculty

Cory Viehl, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty

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Joyce Mphande-Finn, Ed.D.

Associate Program Director

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Lee “Nate” Gardner, Ph.D.

Program Director

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Michael Theisen, M.A.

Associate Program Director

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