MAC program students doing trust exercise
October 21, 2015

MAC program attains national accreditation

National accreditation for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Saint Martin’s University was approved in September 2015 by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC).

“We are currently one of only a handful of counseling programs in Washington that has achieved national accreditation and the only counseling program in the western United States that is accredited by the MPCAC,” says Godfrey Ellis, Ph.D., director of the MAC program. The accreditation applies to both tracks of the MAC master’s degree program, which are the mental health counseling track and the marriage and family therapy track.

Ellis adds accreditation offers many benefits for prospective and current students. “It ensures that the program the students are entering is a quality program that has been vetted at the national level. They can be assured that the education they are getting in the MAC program is considered of high quality, not just by local faculty or alumni but by national leaders in the counseling psychology field.”

The MAC program's national accreditation extends through September 2020.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent, four-year, coeducational university located on a wooded campus of more than 300 acres in Lacey, Washing­ton. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedic­tine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 25 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes more than 1,100 undergraduate students and 340 graduate students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its Lacey campus, and 350 more students to its extended campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College. 

For additional information:
Godfrey Ellis, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor, Education and Counseling Psychology
College of Education and Psychology
360-438-4560; gellis@stmartin.edu

Meg Nugent Dwyer
Media Relations Manager
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6126; mdwyer@stmartin.edu