Residential Learning Model (Seattle)

Offered exclusively at our campus in Seattle, Washington, Saybrook University’s M.A. in Psychology: Counseling specialization program integrates three core elements: experiential education, applied behavioral science, and systems theory.

This program offers a laboratory setting for studying human behavior that begins with self-examination and delves into the depths of how people relate to each other. Students have numerous opportunities during a series of educational conferences (ECs) to apply their acquired knowledge, practice their skills, experiment with change and resistance, and shape events and interactions.

Experiential Education

The key aspects of experiential education in these programs are cohort learning and a modular format of class delivery. The cohort learning model is supported by a low faculty-to-student ratio of 1:15 in the first year and 1:8 in the second year.

Our modular coursework takes students out of known contexts and relationships and immerses them in an enriching and transformational education experience. This intense format provides an environment that fosters community growth and development, helps build trust, and encourages an adult learning experience without outside distractions.

Applied Behavioral Science (ABS)

The premise of ABS is that dynamic leadership training starts with the self. The goals of this consciousness-raising process are to contribute to the health of any human community and to promote healthy systems in every context through responsible interventions.

In the Learning Community, students practice “the art and science of getting things done through and with others” that is the heart of applied behavioral science.

Systems Theory

A system maintains its existence, and functions as a whole, through the interaction of its parts. A key component of systems theory is the belief that you cannot understand a particular system by analyzing individual components, but only by engaging with the system as a whole. In our educational programs, students learn to analyze and improve a system and its processes, whether that applies to an individual client, a group, or an organization.

Educational Conference Requirements

Our educational conference classes are scheduled for a sequence of five days, Wednesday through Sunday. Students must attend all educational conferences each year as part of their degree studies.

Consult the academic calendar for your desired program to obtain specific dates and locations. Please note:

  • While we make every effort to adhere to publicized schedules, all costs, dates, accommodations, and times are subject to change.
  • Seattle students in the M.A. in Psychology: Counseling specialization must also attend all mini-conferences during their first year.

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