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therapist and childrenThe Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment program prepares students for a rewarding career providing mental health services to children and adolescents.

Preparation for Licensure as a LMHC

Many students take our program to prepare to become a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC).

The program is designed to meet the educational requirements — though not the supervised hours requirement — for licensing in Washington state.

If you are considering getting licensed in another state, we recommend that you make sure our program meets that state’s educational requirements.

Diverse Roles and Settings

Graduates are qualified to work in a variety of settings, including schools, community settings and health care facilities, and to fill a variety of positions, including:

  • Mental health specialist
  • Social-emotional health specialist
  • Counselor
  • Mental health coordinator
  • Family advocate
  • Military and family life counselor
  • Youth and family therapist
  • Early learning policy manager
  • Preschool director
  • Early childhood program supervisor

2018 graduates have a 100% job placement rate and occupy diverse work positions, with 76% in mental health settings, 19% in policy and research settings and 5% in doctoral programs.

Career Outlook and Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that demand for mental health counselors will grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average growth for all occupations. According to PayScale, licensed mental health counselors earn a median annual wage of $47,251, with the highest 10 percent earning about $64,000.