Academic Experience

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The Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment degree program combines rigorous academics with hands-on clinical experience to prepare students to deliver effective mental health services to children and teens.

A Curriculum With an Emphasis on Evidence-Based Practice

Program courses are designed to give you a theoretical foundation in child psychology and prepare you to diagnose and treat mental health disorders in children and adolescents.

By the end of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Diagnose psychosocial difficulties and disorders in children and youth
  • Select, tailor and deliver interventions based on evidence-based practices
  • Assess and analyze prevention and intervention needs for specific therapeutic or educational contexts
  • Implement strategies for successful professional interactions (e.g., mindfulness, effective listening and effective verbal and written communication)
  • Understand and be able to apply ethical principles in the delivery of interventions for children and youth

Pathway to Licensure as a LMHC

For those seeking to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Washington, the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment degree is designed to equip graduates with the foundational competencies to meet licensing requirements. For more information, see the Preparation for Licensure section. 

Program Format

Our 46-credit program can be completed in five quarters on a full-time schedule (summer quarter through summer quarter) or a little over two years attending part time. Most courses meet in the late afternoons, evenings or on weekends on the UW campus in Seattle. 

The program includes a significant practicum component. Most practicum assignments begin in mid-to-late September and last about one calendar year. Part-time students do their practicum in their second year. 

Students spend an average of 16 hours (two full workdays) a week on their practicum work. The student and the practicum site supervisor collaborate to arrange the schedule.

Certificate in Evidence-Based Practices in Children’s Behavioral Health

If you are an experienced mental health professional who wants to enhance your skills in using evidence-based practices with children, teens and families, you might want to consider enrolling in our new Certificate in Evidence-Based Practices in Children’s Behavioral Health. This five-course program focuses on four evidence-based practices: Helping the Noncompliant Child, Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and Mood Disorders, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Multisystemic Family Therapy.