MAC mission statement:

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Program (MAC) prepares clinicians in the theoretical foundations and skills necessary for advanced positions in the professions of counseling and marriage and family therapy.  Built on a philosophy of therapeutic service, intellectual hunger, fundamental respect, social justice, and a focus on the person of the therapist, the MAC program strives to embody spirit, empathic care, intellect, and wisdom.  Along with providing students with opportunities to acquire and increase excellence in the areas of diagnosis, assessment, and therapy, the MAC program strives to be personally and professionally transformative, liberating, and enriching.

Objective #1:  To identify and elicit natural therapeutic tendencies and skills in students by using strengths-based teaching approaches, including:

  • An emphasis on the MAC program serving as a personally and professionally transformative, liberating, and enriching growth experience (from MAC Mission Statement)
  • An emphasis on the person of the therapist
  • A focus on strengthening identified areas/skills that might not be developing naturally
  • A focus on the relational context of learning and practicing.  The program will promote mentorship between students, faculty, and alumni

Objective #2:  To promote professional and social justice-oriented behavior through consistent discussion and modeling, including:

  • In the Benedictine tradition, co-creating with students, alumni, and community members a culture of deep fundamental respect, social justice, and empathic care in all MAC classes (from MAC Mission Statement)
  • Recognizing and encouraging non-participation in (avoidance of) demeaning or labeling conversations regarding others (peers, clients, intimates, authorities) whether related to social membership contexts, social justice situations, or diagnostic categories (i.e., DSM labels)
  • Promoting behavior that is in compliance with and guided by professional codes of ethics (i.e., ACA and AAMFT) and by current legal precedent (i.e., WACs and RCWs) in the social and professional behavior of all MAC students, alumni, and faculty
  • Teaching, modeling, endorsing, and encouraging behavior that is well above and beyond that baseline level of behavior

Objective #3:  To prepare highly competent counselors, therapists, and diagnosticians through contextual experiential learning and professional development, including:

  • Preparing clinicians in the theoretical foundations and skills necessary for advanced positions (from MAC Mission Statement)
  • Continuing to be attentive and responsive to populations served by the MAC program (i.e., couples and families; military and state positions; clinical and educational settings, chemical dependency and addiction recovery situations, and underserved populations)
  • Demonstrating the ability to assess client functioning and recovery using both: 1) systemic evaluation and 2) assessment and DSM-oriented diagnosis and treatment
  • Striving to cultivate contextual and critical thinkers (in both MFT and MHC tracks)
  • Advocating for the MAC program faculty’s preferential tendency to systemic thinking (contextual, relational, attuned, reflective, responsive, and scientifically-minded)
  • At the same time, exercising full acceptance of, excellence in training in, and Benedictine hospitality for all other counseling orientations and modalities (including group therapy, individual counseling, chemical dependency, vocational rehabilitation, school counseling, and mental health counseling) – all within an individualized developmental model of learning
  • Keeping abreast of current developments in the field, particularly in evidence-based theory/research
  • Assessing and increasing competence in the areas of both: 1) ability to assess systemic functioning in occupational, familial, social, and educational systems, and 2) competent facility in systemic analysis and/or DSM diagnosis with consideration of context