Skip to main content

Academic Experience

therapist and child

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. 

Note: The program has not sought accreditation from any national accrediting body. It may seek accreditation in the future once the American Psychological Association establishes accreditation standards. Although the program is not accredited at this time, it is designed to meet the requirements for licensure in the state of Washington. 

Program Format

Our 48-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. Courses meet during the afternoon and evening on the UW campus in Seattle. In the first summer, some weekend classes are required. 

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.