Mental Health Counseling

As a mental health counseling candidate, you will work in a variety of social service settings with adults, children, groups, and families and be inspired by their strengths and resilience in meeting unique life challenges.

The M.Ed. program purposefully integrates selected placements in social service settings with coursework focused on developing culturally sensitive counseling skills.

Upon completion of this program, which can be accomplished within two years, you will earn a Master of Education in Counseling degree and will be eligible to pursue licensure as a mental health counselor in Washington State. Explore the requirements for licensure by visiting the Washington State Department of Health. The post-master’s licensing process can take 2-5 years, depending on your work setting. Licensure through the Department of Health requires that you complete 3000 hours of counseling related work, including 1200 hours of direct counseling with individuals, couples, families or groups. In addition you must complete 100 hours of supervision by an approved supervisor and pass a national exam.

Graduates have found employment in a range of settings including community and private mental health agencies, hospitals, juvenile detention centers, employee assistance programs, community colleges and private practice.

Effective Fall 2019 the Master of Education in Counseling program will require a 15-unit program of study that is consistent with the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation standards. The University of Puget Sound is currently seeking this new accreditation. Pending approval of the accreditation process, candidates who graduate within 18 months from the time the first CACREP compliant cohort completes the program will be recognized as completing a CACREP program.

Strong Mentoring

Mentors intentionally support your growth as a counselor.

Collaborative Cohort

The MEd cohort model creates an interactive environment in which learning happens with and from colleagues.

Personalized Placements

We intentionally match personalities and counseling styles to create the best learning experiences and opportunities for your growth.