AUGUSTA, GA – The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, has granted accreditation to the M.Ed. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the M.Ed. in School Counseling programs in the Georgia Regents University College of Education.
CACREP sets the standards for the education of professional counselors. Accreditation is recognition that a program substantially meets the national standards set forth by the accrediting body.
“This is a significant accomplishment and a testament to the hard work and commitment of our Counselor Education faculty, graduate assistants and staff,” said Dr. Michelle L. Bryan, Chair of the Department of Counselor Education, Leadership, and Research. “In order to earn this mark of distinction, each of these programs had to meet over 44 rigorous program and curricula standards.”
Any program that seeks CACREP accreditation must complete a rigorous self-study, application and review. Once completed, an external peer review team conducts a site visit where they closely scrutinize the program and the processes being used by the educational institution to prepare future counselors.
Starting in 2018, the Georgia Licensure Board will require that all applicants for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor be graduates of a CACREP-accredited program – or one that meets its stringent standards. Only nine other public universities in Georgia offers any CACREP accredited graduate programs, and only two others offer CACREP accredited clinical mental health graduate programs.
CACREP grants accredited status to graduate-level programs in the professional counseling field, including: addiction counseling; career counseling; clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couple and family counseling; school counseling, student affairs and college counseling; and counselor education and supervision.
Visit the GRU College of Education’s Department of Counselor Education, Leadership, and Research at http://www.gru.edu/coe/elcse. Visit the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs at www.cacrep.org.
The mission of the College of Education is to educate and prepare prospective professionals to be knowledgeable, highly effective, and ethical practitioners who transform learners into thinking, productive citizens.
Georgia Regents University is one of four public comprehensive research universities in the state with nearly 10,000 students enrolled in its nine colleges and schools, which include the Medical College of Georgia – the nation’s 13th-oldest medical school – the nationally-ranked Hull College of Business and Georgia’s only College of Dental Medicine. The clinical enterprise associated with the university includes the 478-bed Georgia Regents Medical Center and the 154-bed Children’s Hospital of Georgia. GRU is a unit of the University System of Georgia and an equal opportunity institution. Visit http://www.gru.edu.