How to Find a Counseling Program in Washington

As you evaluate the various counseling degree programs that are available in Washington, make sure you consider how well each program would work for you. The program that you attend should match your financial, scheduling, and personal needs, while also preparing you well for whatever the next step is.

Counseling Degree Pathways in Washington

Colleges and universities offer both undergraduate and graduate counseling degrees. Undergraduate programs can be pursued after high school, while graduate ones can be pursued after earning a bachelor's degree. The various counseling degree options are:

  • Associate Degrees – prepares students for low-level work through a two-year program
  • Bachelors Degrees – prepares students for non-licensed work through a four-year program
  • Master's Degrees – prepares students for licensure as a professional counselor
  • Doctorate Degrees – prepares students for highly advanced research (Ph.D.) or clinical (Psy.D.) work over the course of three to six years
  • Certificate Programs – allows students to specialize through a shorter six to twelve-month program

Choose a Counseling Specialty

Some counselors in Washington provide general services to a broad client base. Other counselors work with a specific client base, providing more specialized services. Either path is a viable option for your counseling career.

If you wish to specialize, completing a specialization track is an excellent way to gain advanced training in your chosen counseling niche. Specialization tracks are available for:

  • Clinical mental health counseling
  • School counseling
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Child, couple, and family therapy
  • Art therapy

Check School Accreditation

Almost all colleges and universities that offer counseling degrees in Washington are accredited. You should still confirm that any program you apply for is accredited by a recognized body, however. Only accredited programs are guaranteed to meet academic standards.

The main accrediting organizations for counseling programs are the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Online vs. Traditional Counseling Programs in Washington

You can choose to attend an online or traditional counseling program, as both modes are available from Washington schools. Online programs usually cost less, and they can have a more flexible class schedule. Traditional programs have plenty of opportunities for in-person discussion, though, and also might afford better access to opportunities and resources.

If you have limited financial resources and/or non-school responsibilities, an online program may be the better choice for you. If you have the ability to attend a traditional program, you may have a different experience attending in-person classes.

Becoming Licensed as a Counselor in Washington

To become a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in Washington, you must complete a master's degree, an internship that takes place during your master's degree, and 3,000 supervised hours that are done after your degree. You also have to pass an exam and pay a small application fee.

Your counseling license will then have to be renewed biannually. The renewal process requires a fee, and also 36 continuing education hours. At least six of the hours must be related to law and/or ethics.

List of Counseling Degree Programs in Washington

Are you searching for a counseling degree program in Washington? Browse our comprehensive list of schools offering counseling programs, both online and on-campus, and follow the links to learn more about what each program has to offer.

Bellingham, WA

516 High Street
Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
(360) 650-3000

Cheney, WA

Ellensburg, WA

Master's Programs
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 963-1111

Seattle, WA

Spokane, WA

E 502 Boone Ave
Spokane, WA 99258-0001
(800) 986-9585

300 W Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99251
(509) 777-1000

Tacoma, WA

Master's Programs
1500 N. Warner Street
Tacoma, WA 98416
(253) 879-3100

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