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Bastyr University
14500 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore, WA 98028-4966
Bastyr University currently offers an MA in Counseling Psychology. This degree is designed for those who want to work directly in the community, helping other people better understand themselves and others, and building more meaningful relationships. There are various employment options in which this degree could come in handy, from private practice to doctoral studies. The university is committed to sustainability and eco-produce, which means they have a strong focus on teaching you how to be greener and cleaner, and the influence of natural products on health (physical and mental) and overall well-being. Indeed, there is even a herb garden on campus. [full profile]
Master's in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Master's in Nutrition & Clinical Psychology Master's Campus
Graduate Certificate in Family Studies Certificate Campus
Central Washington University
400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7501
At Central Washington University, you can choose from a number of different graduate programs in psychology. These are Applied Behavior Analysis, Mental Health Counseling, General Experimental Psychology and School Psychology. This demonstrates the variety of courses that are available and the range of employment opportunities that could come upon completion of your degree. The learning opportunities at Central Washington University are both face to face and online, allowing for a greater variety of students to attend. The focus of the university is to advance society as a whole. Additionally, the university focuses on creating global partnerships by working together with various other universities across the globe. [full profile]
Master's in General Experimental Psychology & Mental Health Counseling Programs & School Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science (Masters of Science) - Clinical and Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Eastern Washington University
526 5th Street, Cheney, WA 99004-2496
The Eastern Washington University offers a number of educational tracks for those interested in psychology. Their first option is the undergraduate program, leading to a BA in psychology, or a BS in applied developmental psychology. They also offer graduate programs in a range of different psychological disciplines, including experimental, clinical and school psychology, as well as school counseling and mental health counseling. As such, the courses prepare those who wish to work in the field of psychology in a variety of different employment areas, including schools, communities and mental health settings. They also offer various masters programs in the field. [full profile]
Master in Clinical Psychology (MS) Master's Campus
Masters in Mental Health Counseling (MS) Master's Campus
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
Northwest University
5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
The Northwest University is a great university to choose if you want to achieve a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. This program is designed for those who wish to work directly in the community, helping others to achieve greater mental health. Social justice and multiculturalism are at the forefront of this degree. To complete it, you will have to do either an internship or a thesis. The course consists of lectures, research and discussions, all designed to help you achieve the requirements of the degree itself. Naturally, full guidance will be provided by the college professors in order to help you on your learning journey. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Science in Forensic Psychology Master's Online
Masters of Science in General Psychology Master's Online
Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave W, Seattle, WA 98119-1997
Seattle Pacific University is a great place to go if you wish to obtain an MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. This degree will help to prepare you for a career in business, be that on a HR level, a recruitment and selection company or even as an organizational counselor. It is all about understanding behavior in the workplace and how this can affect productivity. To complete the degree, you will have to complete a Master's project, which will require you to actually work within an organizational psychology setting. Seattle Pacific University is all about engaging communities, and thereby changing the world. [full profile]
Masters in Industrial/Organizational Psychology Master's Campus
Doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
MS in Psychology Master's Online
Seattle University
900 Broadway, Seattle, WA 98122-4340
Seattle University's College of Arts and Sciences offers a different take on training in the Master of Arts Psychology program by basing their lessons on the existential-phenomenological-therapeutic approach to psychology. This is based on a strong foundation of phenomenology as well as the tradition of scriptural interpretation as it stands in psycho therapeutic practices. Students are required to enter into a nine month period of practicum, which aids in preparing them for future professional success in clinics, hospitals, or private practices. This program aids students in preparing themselves to obtain licensing in the state of Washington as a counselor in the mental health field. It can also lead to further studies in a doctoral program, is completed over a time span of two years and includes 72 credits. [full profile]
Master of Arts in Psychology Master's Campus
MS in Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development Psychology Master's Online
MS in Psychology - Industrial-Organizational Psychology Master's Online
Washington State University
French Administration Building, Pullman, WA 99164-5910
Washington State University's Department of Psychology offers both Clinical and Experimental Psychology programs for graduates wishing to achieve a Doctoral Degree in the subject. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Degree is designed to be completed in four years along with an extra 12 months of internship experience. The Experimental Psychology Doctoral Degree can be completed in around four to five years depending on the level of study the student has when they enter the program. Clinical Psychology covers a wide range of areas including Adult Psychopathology and Health Psychology whilst Experimental Psychology concentrates on Cognition, Biological, Social, Health and much more. [full profile]
PhD Clinical Psychology PhD/Doctorate Campus
Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology Master's Online
Master of Arts in Industrial Organizational Psychology Master's Online
Master of Arts in Sport-Exercise Psychology Master's Online
Master of Science Human Services Master's Online
Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology PhD/Doctorate Online
Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling PhD/Doctorate Online
Western Washington University
516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225-9008
Western Washington University offers a Department of Psychology full of advanced opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students looking to obtain a basic understanding of the human mind as well as specialized fields of study relating to the psychology world. WWU provides graduate studies with a core education in experimental psychology, school counseling, mental health counseling, and statistical analysis in psychology, which can lead to thriving positions in academic and counseling positions within the community. Some students may wish to continue their education even after graduating from a Master's degree in the hopes of gaining further qualification in their prospective jobs. [full profile]
M.Ed. in Psychology Master's Campus
Master of Science in Psychology Master's Campus
Masters of Art in Industrial Organizational Psychology (MA) Master's Online

Psychology Education In Washington

The Washington State Department of Health regulates the psychology industry in the Evergreen State. They have set some stringent regulations in place for those who want to get to work in this particular field. Meeting all these regulations is a lot of work, but it is well worth it. Indeed, the Washington State Employment Security Department reports that the industry is set to grow by around 1.6% each year, which means you should not have any difficulty in finding work with a good salary and interesting benefits.

The goal of psychologists is to make sure people are able to achieve greater mental health and well being. This means they must diagnose and assess patients and come up with treatment plans that are most likely to help them. To be able to do this, psychologists must be educated, gain experience and pass certain examinations.

Educational Requirements to Become a Licensed Psychologist in Washington

If you want to become a psychologist in the state of Washington, you must be educated to doctorate degree level. The program must be regionally accredited. To be accepted into a doctoral program, you will first need to complete a four year bachelor's degree program, which must be followed by a two year master's degree. After that, you have to choose between getting a Ph.D. or a Psy.D. degree. It will take you between three and seven years to finish a doctoral degree.

The only exception to the doctoral rule is for school psychologists. A school psychologist must complete a master's degree with a school psychology specialization. However, many aspiring school psychologists still choose to complete a doctoral degree as well.

It is recommended that you select a doctoral program that includes an internship or residency, as this will count towards your supervised work experience.

Supervised Professional Experience for Psychologists in Washington

During your doctoral degree study, you can start earning hours towards your supervised professional experience. Up to 1,500 hours of this may be completed during your study. However, you also have to complete at least 1,800 hours after your graduation. You must also make sure that you are supervised by a licensed and Board approved psychologist.

Washington Psychologist Licensure Examinations

Finally, you must pass the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) examination. This exam is nationally recognized and is administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). It consists of 225 multiple choice questions that cover the eight core areas of psychology:

• Biological Bases of Behavior
• Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior
• Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior
• Growth and Lifespan Development
• Assessment and Diagnosis
• Treatment, Intervention, Prevention and Supervision
• Research Methods and Statistics
• Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues

To pass, you must answer at least 70% of the questions correctly. You have 3 hours and 20 minutes to do so. The current cost of the examination is $600, although this is subject to change.

The Career of a Psychologist in Washington

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported that there were about 2,170 psychologists employed in the state of Washington as of May 2014. These have been subdivided into two categories. As such:

• Clinical, counseling and school psychologists earned an average of $70,080 per year, which was an increase of 2.4% compared to the previous count. This category had grown by 5.1%.
• All other psychologists earned an average of $95,290 per year, an increase of 5.8% since the last count. This category had grown by 7.6%.

An average salary means that half of all psychologists earn less than that amount, and the other half earn more. Various factors come into play when determining salary. The first is whom you are working for and the second is how long you have been working. The most important factor, however, is whether you have completed a Ph.D. or a Psy.D., which is why it is so important to make the right choice between those two when you enroll for your doctoral degree.

With the Ph.D., you will get to work in research, looking into new psychological theories and treatment and assessment methods. Alternatively, you could get to work as a lecturer. The Ph.D. takes longer to complete than the Psy.D., because it requires an original research thesis that influences the field of psychology.

With a Psy.D., on the other hand, you will work directly with patients. You will most likely be employed in a clinical setting, where you will provide treatment to help people achieve better mental health and well being. This degree takes less time to complete because it requires a less intensive thesis or dissertation.

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