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University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA (low-residency)

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Master of Arts in Counseling: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (low-residency)
Location: AU Seattle
Credits for Degree: 90 quarter credits
Standard Mode of Instruction: Low-residency
Standard time to completion: 39 months

Program Overview

The low residency Masters of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program is based on the current Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Antioch University Seattle.The low residency CMHC program is currently under provisional review for accreditation by COUNCIL FOR ACCREDITATION OF COUNSELING RELATED EDUCATION PROGRAMS (CACREP). The curriculum meets the highest standards in counselor training and supervision with advanced competencies in multicultural counseling, evidence-based practices, and clinical competencies.

At a total of 90 graduate credits, the low residency 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 empowering diverse individuals, families, and groups. With a greater emphasis on multicultural counseling competence, global mental health, and mental liberation, the program will also equip students to address community and institutional inequities consistent with a social justice counseling orientation. These goals are accomplished through a combination of required coursework, electives, practical experience, and a supervised internship. Concentrations in Addiction Counseling, Trauma Counseling, Advanced Multicultural Counseling, Latinx Mental Health Counseling, Play Therapy, and Human Sexuality are also available.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program exceeds the educational requirements for Washington state licensure in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) and is Counseling Compact eligible program which allows for increased portability based on participating states.

Developed with the working professional in mind, the MA in CMHC is a unique low residence, 3.25-3.5 years to complete, and year-round cohort models. Foundational classes meet on Monday mornings, afternoons and evenings. Electives and clinical classes are offered at varying times throughout the week. In addition to the online course work, students will attend two four-day residencies (winter and summer quarters) per academic year.  Summer residences are held in gorgeous Seattle, Washington and winter residencies are held in beautiful California. The residential experiences will provide opportunities for intensified face-to-face training and community enrichment, and a seminar format for rich discourse and meaning making. This collective experience is consistent with an infused emphasis on multicultural discourse, resilience, civil enrichment, and social justice.


Two per year. Four day residencies are held summer and winter terms during the first two years of the program.  The summer residency is held in Seattle, Washington and the winter residency is held in California.

Current Tuition and Fees

University Tuition and Fees  

Plan of Study

Year (3.25) Last Summer Term:

Elective Courses:

Elective courses provide students with an opportunity to advance their clinical training in particular areas and to pursue interest areas with depth beyond material covered in the required courses. Elective courses are offered on a regularly scheduled rotation throughout the academic year. In addition, students are required to take one course from each of the following domains: 

  • Multicultural Counseling Series (titles vary), or
  • Historical and Socio-Cultural Perspectives in Psychology Series (titles vary)
  • Elective concentrations are also offered in Addiction Counseling, Trauma Counseling, Latinx Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Treatment courses (children, adolescents, older adults), Creative Modalities courses (music, writing, dramatic enactment, movement), Counseling & Spirituality courses (Introduction to Counseling & Spirituality, and Integrating Challenges in Psycho-Spiritual Work), and Advanced Theories courses (Psychosynthesis, Buddhist, Integral, Jungian, Existential, Cognitive, Adlerian, and Brief approaches) as well as select course work in the Couples and Family Therapy program and the Art Therapy and Drama Therapy specialties.

Internship Experience:

All students participate in an internship in a professional setting. This experience will enable you to validate and clarify the theory you acquire in the classroom as you develop your own role as a clinician. Examples of internship sites include the following:

  • Community mental health agencies
  • Career and employment agencies
  • Correctional facilities
  • Family service agencies
  • Gerontological settings
  • HMO’s/PPO’s/EAP’s
  • Military and Government agencies including the V.A.
  • Pastoral/religious/spiritual agencies
  • Rehabilitation agencies
  • Addiction treatment centers
  • Youth and Family agencies
  • Substance abuse settings
  • Private practice settings
  • College counseling centers
  • Integrative Primary Behavioral Health Clinics
  • Group homes
  • Homeless shelters
  • In-patient psychiatric hospitals
  • *Program Requirements and Course Offerings Are Subject to Change

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