An accredited, stand-alone two-year graduate program leading to eligibility to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).
*Please note: The Summer 2021 cohort for our Kenmore campus is full and is no longer accepting applications. Applications are still open for our San Diego campus cohort.
Kenmore, Washington campus
San Diego, California campus
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 24 percent in the next decade. Insurance companies increasingly are providing reimbursement of counselors as a less costly alternative to psychiatrists and psychologists. In this context, the growing demand for mental health professionals will allow a graduate of Bastyr’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program to successfully:
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences provides information for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) applicants, License Requirements, Out of State Applicants, and approved Schools with LPCC Programs.
Bastyr University’s Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology is a regionally accredited, two-year graduate program leading to eligibility to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in Washington or a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in California.
Emphasizing whole-person wellness and healing, the program embodies a fresh approach to mental health counseling that is grounded in health psychology. Beyond simply preparing students to become qualified licensed mental health practitioners, Bastyr’s counseling program fosters a deep understanding of an integrative approach to individual and societal mental health. This prepares graduates to effectively address mind, body and spirit wellness in clients.
The program’s course format accommodates traditional students and working professionals who desire nontraditional course scheduling, and facilitates intensive and meaningful learning opportunities to train exceptional clinicians.
All sections will include additional hours during the second year with an external practicum and clinic shifts at the Bastyr Clinic for Natural Health in Kenmore or the Bastyr University Clinic in San Diego
Entering students must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university with an average GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate degree. In addition, an introductory course in general psychology must have been completed with a grade of B or better within the last seven years. Students must also submit a statement of intent and two letters of recommendation.
Our most competitive applicants have experience, either paid or volunteer, in applied (face-to-face) social services. It is strongly recommended that students gain experience in the social services field prior to applying for this program.
In addition, prospective students are highly encouraged to have experience with in-person psychology courses. The on-site, cohort model of this program requires that students be familiar with and comfortable in an intense face-to-face classroom setting.
Meeting the minimum admissions requirements is not a guarantee of acceptance into the program. This Master's program has a competitive admissions process and only highly qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview.
Expected Learning Outcomes
The educational objectives of the M.A. in Counseling Psychology are focused on the education and training of our graduates. We support our graduates in becoming:
As a student pursuing the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP), you will learn to put theories and skills into practice with supervised clinical training at Bastyr Center for Natural Health (Wash.) and Bastyr University Clinic (Calif.)
This real-world experience prepares you to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) (Wash.) or licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) (Calif.), with guidance by experienced mental health professionals from Bastyr's clinical faculty.
Your rotation at the Bastyr clinic begins during the Spring term of your first year in the program. You will practice basic counseling and assessment skills as you assist clients with mental health issues.
With an average of 35,000 patient visits annually, Bastyr Center offers a valuable opportunity for you to interact with a culturally diverse client population. Through this clinical experience, you'll learn to recognize health conditions and support clients in dealing with multiple psychological disorders.
This clinical training at Bastyr Center, combined with the external work experience required of MACP students, will provide a foundation for effective clinical practice in your future career.