The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is based on the belief that effective counselors have:
- a sense of personal identity and an understanding of the process of identity formation that guides their work and governs their professional ethics
- a commitment to social justice and working with diverse populations
- a thorough grounding in basic counseling skills compatible with any theoretical orientation
- knowledge of a variety of classical and contemporary counseling theories and ability to integrate these into their own evolving theoretical foundation
- managed the stresses of a demanding profession by developing effective coping skills
- developed a professional and personal support system to nourish and sustain them
- Small class sizes
- Accessible faculty
- Evening courses for flexible scheduling and ideal learning conditions
- Faculty who are leaders in the field and nationally recognized for their research.
- Accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
The faculty's commitment to excellence is grounded in the program's mission and reflected in its accreditation. The Community Counseling Program is fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the leading accrediting body for graduate counseling programs.
As a premier program in the Pacific Northwest, the mission of Seattle University's graduate counseling program is to prepare diverse, ethical, reflective, clinically skilled, and multiculturally competent counselors to become leaders and advocates who confront injustice and provide quality service in diverse communities.