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Everything you need to know about applying for a MACP with a Concentration in Trauma & Abuse

The Seattle School’s MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Trauma & Abuse prepares you to become a counselor or therapist with specialization in leading-edge, whole-person engagement of trauma and abuse.

The purpose of the application process is to help us get a sense of your psycho-socio-emotional capacity for intensive engagement with trauma and abuse and to discern how this specialization aligns with your clinical formation and vocational calling.

Application Process

Prospective MACP Students

Due to size constraints for the MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Trauma & Abuse, in order to be considered for this program, please complete your full graduate degree application along with the additional essay prompt below by April 14, 2021.

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

Begin your application by completing the online application form for graduate admission. Visit the Graduate Admissions page for full details on the application process.

Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents


In addition to all required supporting documents for graduate admission, please submit an additional essay to apply for enrollment in the Concentration. The purpose of this essay is to create an opportunity for us to experience you, learn more about your vocational aims, and discern the resonance between the goals of the Concentration and your own. Please respond to the prompts below in a single essay that is 400-800 words in length. The essay needs to be typed and double-spaced.


  • What draws you to working with trauma and abuse? Where does this intersect with your own experience?
  • How do you hope this specialization will support your vocational calling?
  • How have you engaged your own trauma and abuse? What avenues have you taken to care for it?
  • Describe your experiences of engaging yourself and others in a group context. Where did you thrive? Where did you struggle?
  • How does theology and your spirituality influence your theory of change?

Once complete, please ensure that your name is in the header of the document, save it as a .pdf file with the title “Last Name, First Name—Essay—CTA,” and submit by email to

Step 3: Application Review and Enrollment

The Admissions Review Committee will review your application for the MA in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Trauma & Abuse. Please note that it is possible to be accepted into the MACP but denied entrance into the Concentration in Trauma & Abuse or placed on a waitlist for future enrollment.

Pending admission into the Concentration in Trauma & Abuse, your Admissions Counselor will provide you with a subsequent enrollment form. You must enroll within the given deadline in order to secure your seat in the cohort.

Current MACP Students

Application Eligibility

In order to apply for the Concentration in Trauma & Abuse, you must meet the following requirements:

Application Process

Current students must request a degree change through the registrar in order to add the Concentration in Trauma & Abuse to their MA in Counseling Psychology degree. Students can read more about this process in our Academic Catalogue. Please note, due to the limited cohort size for the MACP with a Concentration in Trauma & Abuse, a degree change is only possible if a seat becomes available.

Non-Discrimination Policy

We are committed to diversity in every sphere of faith and life. We receive applications without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, military status, or denomination.