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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is designed to prepare students to serve their communities as licensed Mental Health Counselors in the State of Washington as well as in other capacities. The professors draw from their academic studies and professional experiences to provide students with the background they will need to be successful in the field of clinical mental health counseling. Students learn through lecture, discussion, and research, and then put their new knowledge to work in their internship or thesis, all guided by their professors. Instructors seek to equip students to serve individuals from different backgrounds with widely different needs. The program has a unique multicultural focus with an emphasis on social justice. Additionally, the program places a strong emphasis on integrating the curriculum with Christian worldview.
- A baccalaureate degree of arts or science (or an equivalent degree) from a regionally accredited college of university is required to qualify for admission to the program. A major in counseling, psychology, social science, or a closely related field is preferred, but not required.
- Grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
- Complete application online
- Current resume or curriculum vita
- Three references
- Participate in an individual interview and group interview
- In addition to program-specific admission requirements, international students must meet the criteria stated in the international student admissions requirements section if this catalog.
- Letter of Interest
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- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Research Methods and Program Evaluation
- Crisis Counseling and Abuse
- Group Counseling
- Biological Bases of Behavior: Psychopharmacology
- Psychotherapeutic Systems
- Psychopathology and Diagnosis
- Multicultural Issues in Counseling
- Theology and Counseling
- Counseling Skills
- Practicum: Field Experience
- Human Sexuality and Relationships
- Career Counseling
- Assessment and Appraisal
- Advanced Counseling Theories and Practice
- Human Growth and Development
- Substance Abuse Counseling and Interventions
- Internship I
- Internship II
- Internship Continuation
(Law and Ethics)
- Professional Orientation and Law and Ethics
- Professional Orientation and California Law and Ethics
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.
Applicants to the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling choose between Online and On Campus program delivery models. Both versions of the CMHC program are identical in terms of their programmatic requirements and learning outcomes. The program is designed to prepare students for state licensure as professional counselors.
The CMHC online program is a 36-month, 9-semester, year-round online program with three required on-campus residency experiences (one in the first semester, one in the first summer, and one in the second summer of the program The program enrolls students in fall and spring. It takes 3 years of full-time enrollment to complete the CMHC online program across three annual terms (fall, spring, and summer semesters). Enrolling in the program part-time will extend the program to 48 or more months as every course is not offered every semester.
The CMHC on campus program is a two year program that meets twice a week and on occasional weekends.
- Tuition fee: $805 per credit
- Annual Tuition fee: $48,300 (2021 - 22)
Credits: 60 semester
Academic Award Master of Arts
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program students will achieve competence in the following areas:
Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice
- Develop comprehensive understanding of the identity of the professional counselor including history, roles, advocacy, credentialing, and ethical practice in a variety of private, inter-organizational, and interdisciplinary settings.
Socio-Cultural Diversity and Social Justice
- Demonstrate culturally competent socially aware counseling skills through the integration of scholarly research, application of multicultural counseling theories, and the examination of the concepts of social justice and privilege.
- Integrate knowledge of biological, cognitive, emotional, personality, and social development across the lifespan into the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of mental health issues.
Counseling Theories, Skills and Helping Relationships
- Incorporate knowledge of counseling skills, case conceptualization, suicide prevention, and treatment planning into counseling practice in both in-person and technology assisted settings for general populations and those in crisis.
- Integrate theories and research of career development, assessment, and planning into the practice of career guidance for diverse people groups in wide range of vocational fields.
- Apply group counseling theory in the creation, recruitment, and facilitation of culturally relevant groups.
- Utilize differential diagnostic processes and systems.
Assessment and Testing
- Apply basic statistical concepts, principles of test design and selection, interpretation of psychological reports, and demonstrate ability to select appropriate assessments relevant to education, employment, and personal situations.
Research and Program Evaluation
- Evaluate counseling interventions and counselor education programs and develop outcome measures by utilizing knowledge of the principles of statistics, research methods and design, and current models of evidence-based practices.
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Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs. Northwest University is a Christian...
Why study at Northwest University
- Over 70 programs: NU gives students of all callings the opportunity to discover and cultivate their gifts, offering over 70 majors and programs to choose from.
- Small Class Size: At NU, the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, allowing for the kind of personalized education you may not find elsewhere.
- Location: NU’s campus is located nearby the corporate headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Amazon, and Costco, as well as many innovative tech startup. This close proximity contributes to a robust job economy for NU graduates, as well as rich internship opportunities.
- Internships: Internships are the best way for students to gain real-world experience. That’s why over 70% of students hold internships at NU. Often, this leads to full-time job offers from some of the best companies in the area.
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