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University Catalog 2021-2022 
University Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA

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Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling
AU Seattle
Credits for Degree: 90 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Classroom
Standard time to completion: 51 months

Program Overview

Students in the CMHC program acquire comprehensive skills for the practice of counseling in a diverse society. The CMHC program provides a structure and set of experiences to help students develop the intellectual and relational capacities needed to understand and work with others in the professional practice of counseling. These goals are accomplished through a combination of required coursework, electives, practical experience and a supervised internship. This clinical program meets the educational requirements for Washington state licensure in Clinical Mental Health Counseling as well as the national standards of the counseling profession. The CMHC program is also professionally accredited through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Addictions Studies Concentration/Certificate

Housed within the CMHC Program and with the ability to fit entirely within the required CMHC electives sequence, the Addiction Studies courses are available to MA CMHC, CFT or CAT students, community members and alumni and have been designed to meet the Washington State Department of Health education requirements for the alternative training track to become a CDP (Chemical Dependency Professional) now available to licensed mental health counselors and licensed marriage and family therapists, as well as several other professions. This certificate/concentration is an opportunity to deepen understanding and skills for effectively treating addiction.  Students must successfully complete Survey of Addiction to take the other courses.


Multicultural Counseling Concentration

Housed within the CMHC Program and with the ability to fit entirely within the required CMHC electives sequence, the Multicultural Concentration is available to MA CMHC, CFT or CAT students the Multicultural Counseling concentration is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills related to the multicultural competencies applied in clinical and community settings. The intent of this elective concentration is to equip students with an advanced understanding of multicultural dynamics and strategies when promoting clinical change and social advocacy within diverse communities. The primary objectives are to increase students’:


  1. Awareness of their own cultural values and biases in developing empathic and culturally sensitive counseling relationships as well as their social impact on others;

  2. Understanding on how race, culture, ethnicity, oppression, and so forth may affect personality formation, vocational choices, manifestation of psychological disorders, help seeking actions, and the appropriateness or inappropriateness of counseling approaches;

  3. Skills in adapting to the cultural values of various diverse groups as well as addressing barriers that prevent minorities from accessing mental health services as well as other discriminatory practices;

  4. Confidence in applying culturally appropriate intervention strategies, especially in the context of internalized oppression/privilege within the counseling relationship in order to promote client and community resilience. 

Coordinator:  Dr. Mariaimeé Gonzalez, PhD

Prerequisites: Graduate Status and Coordinator Permission. Earned Intermediate Competency in COUN-5040 Multicultural Perspectives (3 quarter credits)

The 15 quarter credit multicultural counseling concentration incorporates courses currently available within the MA degree offerings in the School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, Couples and Family Therapy.  

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees    

Elective Courses (16 quarter credits)

  • One elective class from the Multicultural Counseling Series

  • Other elective credits

Multicultural Counseling Concentration (15 quarter credits)

Optional Concentration

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