Everything you need to know about applying for an MACP 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.

Deadlines & Review Process

Applications will open April 12 and must be completed by May 6.*

In Fall 2019 we will be enrolling two cohorts of 28 students—one for current MACP students seeking to add a concentration and one for incoming MACP applicants.

*Applications received after May 6 will be considered as seats are available.

Application Process

Step 1: Complete the Online Application

The online application form gives us more context about who you are and what you’re hoping to gain. It also connects you with our Office of Enrollment, who will work closely with you as you move through the process. It takes about 15-20 minutes and must be completed in one sitting. There is no fee to apply.

Step 2: Gather Supporting Documents

The purpose of this essay is to create an opportunity for us to experience you, learn more about your clinical work, and discern your resonance with the goals and outcomes of the MACP Concentration in Trauma and Abuse. Please write a singular essay responding to the prompts below that is a total of 400-800 words in length. The essay needs to be typed and double-spaced.


Once complete, please ensure that your name is in the header of the document, save as a .pdf file with the title “Your Name – Essay — CTA”, and submit by email to admissions@theseattleschool.edu.

Step 3: Group Interview

We place a high value on gaining a holistic experience of our applicants. Our interviews are conducted in small groups (7 applicants each) facilitated by a faculty or instructional staff member. They will focus on dialogue, group dynamics, and capacity for regulation.

You will receive an invitation to sign up for an interview following the submission of your application.

Group Interview Schedule

Step 4: Review, Notification, and Enrollment

Once steps 1-3 have been completed, your applications will be considered by our Admissions Review Committee. You will be notified by June 7.

If accepted, you must declare this concentration with the Registrar by June 25 to secure your seat.

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.