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CACREP gives our program an automatic platform for reputability and integrity. Confirming our accreditation with CACREP is often the first inquisition of perspective students. We are proud to maintain and surpass these standards that call our program, faculty, and students forward in the field of counseling. A faculty member at Regis University
I am currently a teacher and have to listen to the issues/problem/questions and then refer them to a counselor. The only time I really know the outcome is if I'm updated because I have to be or if a student thanks me for moving them to the right person. I am really looking forward to being on the other side of the coin. I also look forward to the teaching aspect from the counseling side. It is nice that times have changed for school counselors and we are afforded more opportunities to do this. Student at Loyola College in Maryland
This is open to any student or group of students enrolled in a CACREP-accredited master’s or doctoral program. It can be used to fund dissertation research relating to CACREP. Students can apply for up to $500 in research funding any time by submitting their proposal according to the announcement.
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CACREP also maintains a list of programs who were once accredited, but are no longer accredited, because they have been denied, withdrawn, program has been closed, or has been re-accredited under a new program area title based on updated Standards.
Because CACREP programs are converting from Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling to Clinical Mental Health Counseling, the start date in the Directory may not represent when the program first received CACREP accreditation. Please click on the program "Details" button and read the history entry at the bottom of the screen.
Please note that not all programs in a department may be accredited.
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All CACREP doctoral programs are accredited under the program title COUNSELOR EDUCATION AND SUPERVISION. Within that, many specialty areas are possible, depending on the program. Please contact the program directly to find out what is offered.
Counselor licensure and certification regulations vary widely by state. Prospective students should check with the appropriate state credentialing body to identify specific requirements. Graduation from a CACREP accredited program does not guarantee eligibility for licensure or certification in all states; however, graduates of CACREP accredited programs generally meet most states’ educational eligibility requirements for seeking a practice credential. In addition, CACREP graduates are immediately eligible to obtain national certification from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) upon passing the National Counselor Examination.
The expiration date represents the date that a program’s accreditation will end if the program does not seek continued accreditation from CACREP. For some programs, this date reflects the conclusion of a full eight-year accreditation cycle, which is the maximum length of accredited status provided by CACREP. Most programs will seek to become re-accredited prior to the end of this cycle.
For other programs, the CACREP expiration date may reflect the end date given when a program is accredited for a two-year period. Programs accredited for the two-year period usually continue the accredited status for an additional 6 years by submitting an Interim Report to CACREP to address minor issues in the program that were noted during the last full accreditation review period. It is important to note that many programs begin an eight-year review cycle by receiving accreditation for a two-year period.
To determine in a program is on the 2-year or 8-year status, please click on program details to the right.
CACREP accreditation is voluntarily sought by education programs offering entry-level master’s degrees in counseling and/or doctoral degrees in counselor education and supervision. Programs that have completed the accreditation review process, whether for the first time as an initial accreditation review or as a re-accreditation review, can receive one of three basic decisions. These decisions then become the accreditation status of the program. The three categories of decisions are the following:
Accredited for an eight-year period: This status is granted to programs that, in the professional judgment of the CACREP Board of Directors, meet all standards in a satisfactory manner.
Accredited for a two-year period: This status is granted to programs that substantially meet the requirements for accredited status, but which need to address relatively minor standards-related deficiencies. The CACREP Board of Directors confers two-year accreditation to a program when there is a belief that the program can correct the deficiencies within the two-year period. Within the two-year period, the program is required to submit an Interim Report providing the requested information. Acceptance of the Interim Report will lead to accreditation for the remainder of the eight-year period accreditation period.
Denial of accreditation: The CACREP Board of Directors denies a decision to accredit when there is consensus among Board members that the program is not in substantial compliance with the standards.
In addition to making decisions in the above three listed categories, the CACREP Board may be requested to take action on requests made by programs currently accredited. These actions may occur in the following categories:
Voluntary Withdrawal of Accreditation Status – CACREP Accreditation Process Policy #1 allows programs to withdraw from any accreditation status at any time during the review process or during an accreditation cycle. Programs that choose to voluntarily withdraw must notify CACREP in writing of this decision. It should be noted that withdrawal is a voluntary action taken by the program.
Conversion – Programs currently accredited by CACREP as Community Counseling (CC) programs are eligible to convert their accreditation to Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) under CACREP Accreditation Maintenance Policy #8 – Converting a CACREP-accredited Community Counseling Program to a CACREP-accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. In accordance to the CACREP policy, the accreditation cycle end date is the original end date for the Community Counseling program. A full review of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program will occur when the program applies for re-accreditation towards the end of the current accreditation cycle.
Dual Accreditation as CMHC/CLRC – Programs that are accredited as Rehabilitation Counseling programs by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) can apply to have their programs evaluated by CACREP and CORE against both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) standards and the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (CLRC) Standards.
Amy Milson, Chair, Clemson University
Sylvia Nassar-McMillan, North Carolina State University
Verl Pope, Southeast MIssouri State University
Derick Williams, The University of the Virginia
Although Counselor Education Programs outside of the US are welcomed to apply for accreditation under the CACREP Standards, they were really created to train counselors to work in the Unites States. CACREP also runs a program called the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP) that provides an approval process for international programs. This is not the same as CACREP accreditation, but it is a quality review process that involves standards.
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