Rehabilitation Counseling Standards Adopted

On July 1, 2017, leaders from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) completed their merger, bringing to a close the multi-year alignment process for the two counseling accrediting bodies.

At their July 13-15 meeting, the CACREP Board of Directors adopted the newly revised Rehabilitation Counseling Standards as the eighth entry-level specialty in the 2016 CACREP Standards. Applications to accredit programs under these standards will be accepted beginning June 1, 2018. The revised 2016 Standards can be seen here.

The CACREP Board also accepted the CORE Board’s recommendation that Rehabilitation Counseling programs be given a period of 5 years from the effective date of the merger to meet the new 60 hour degree requirement. This means any student entering a CACREP-accredited Rehabilitation Counseling program after July 2022 must complete a 60 semester hour degree program. This parallels the 5 year time period that other counseling specialty areas were given to meet the 60 hour requirement adopted in the 2016 CACREP Standards.

As part of the merger agreement and in recognition of the important historical and developmental role that CORE Standards have played within the counseling profession, the CACREP Board of Directors also formally adopted all previous sets of Rehabilitation Counseling Standards published and used by CORE.

The 2016 CACREP Standards and policy document can be found at Resources for Applying for CACREP Accreditation.

CACREP would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the Rehabilitation Counseling programs, faculty, and students who are now a part of CACREP.