The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program is founded on an incarnational theology, believing that God is most revealed in genuine human encounter. We are committed to an intentionally integrative, experiential, and formational practice of psychotherapy intent on finding meaning and healing in the context of relationship.
3 years | 66 credits
We believe the strongest tool that a therapist brings to the therapeutic relationship is a deep understanding of her or his own self and their presence in relationship with another. We are convinced that personal transformation must accompany the accumulation of knowledge and development of skill. Our program combines academic rigor across disciplines with experiential learning and personal formation, enabling students to approach theory from a place of personal awareness, integration, and relational practice. We prepare therapists to become attuned to the beauty and brokenness of their own stories in order to better meet the stories of others with compassion, hope, and awe. The Seattle School’s Counseling Psychology curriculum is committed to a holistic pedagogy that integrates mind, body, and soul. We are equipping therapists to face the professional and personal challenges of their vocation. All of our faculty members are scholars and practitioners, ensuring that theory remains
bound to practice.
The Counseling Psychology program is designed to meet the education requirements for licensure in the state of Washington, though students should be aware of the requirements of other states in which they will seek licensure in order to tailor their studies accordingly. The Counseling Psychology program equips therapists to serve in a variety of settings, including
community mental health, in-patient treatment, and private practice, with specific areas of focus such as trauma and abuse, relationships, addiction, expression, and spiritual direction. A graduate of the Counseling Psychology program:
- Is prepared for mental health licensure as they demonstrate evidence of:
- Knowledge and capacity to counsel individuals, families and groups
- Knowledge and practice of professional counseling ethical codes
- Assessment and diagnostic knowledge and skills
- Knowledge of counseling theory, developmental psychology and psychopathology
- Awareness of multicultural perspectives in individual, communal, and structural categories
- Demonstrates an increasing awareness of one’s narrative and style of relating and the capacity to receive feedback about one’s self in the service of helping others.
- Demonstrates the capacity for personal, missional and professional formation in the field of counseling.
- Demonstrates the ability to interact with the disciplines of theology, psychology, and the Biblical texts towards reconciling and transformative relationships.