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College of Education

Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MAEd)

Seattle University's Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program graduates diverse, ethical, reflective, clinically skilled and multiculturally competent counselors for the profession. Preparing students to work in various mental health settings, this master's of arts degree program includes an internship at a mental health counseling agency such as youth service bureaus, mental health centers and correctional facilities. Housed in the College of Education, this established, highly regarded graduate counseling program is designed for the working student that values ethics, diversity and social justice.

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

Program Features


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.

Program Mission

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.


US News Best Job

Substance Abuse Counselors rank #1 as the best social service job!

Find the US News rankings here.

Best in Seattle

Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling programs were named top value programs in Washington (and the best in the Seattle metro area) by Top Counseling Schools, a site for counseling students and professionals.

Read more here.

Upcoming Information Sessions

  • Monday, November 20, 2017
  • 5:00 - 6:00pm PST online session via Zoom
  • RSVP for this session here (session link provided upon registration)
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017
  • 5:30 - 6:30pm PST
  • On Campus, Lemieux Library 122 (Boeing Room)
  • Thursday, January 11, 2018
  • 6:00 - 7:00pm PST
  • On Campus, Student Center 210
  • Thursday, January 18, 2018
  • 2:00 - 3:00pm PST online session via Zoom
  • RSVP information coming soon