CACREPCouncil for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
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The program is a 55-unit Master of Science in Counseling degree program that holds national accreditation through CACREP and state accreditation with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC), the body that credentials school counselors in the state of California.
Shifts in curriculum standards, such as the integration of addiction topics in the 2009 CACREP Standards, likely influence the need for counselor educator continuing education.
A master's degree or doctoral degree in counseling from a mental health counseling program or clinical mental health counseling program accredited by CACREP.
My hope is actually that, as states come to some way of finding agreement on what the standards should be for portability, we might reduce the opportunity cost a little bit, because it is a pretty substantial cost for people to come through a 60-credit program, an entry-level program in CACREP terms, and then have to go out and do substantial, very low pay, and, in some cases, unpaid internships.
Because CACREP accreditation provides direct benefits to students and indirect benefits in the form of professionally active teachers, accreditation status would be an important consideration for students applying to a master's program in counseling.
These findings raise four concerns for counselor educators and supervisors in CACREP accredited programs.
Consistent with CACREP and the ACA (2005) Code of Ethics, most writers on counseling recognize the need for licensed counselors, given their role as practitioners in the mental health field, to diagnose mental disorders (Braun & Cox, 2005; Cosgrove, 2005; Seligman, 1999; Swanson, 2010).
The second module outlines the requirements for practicum and internship students as designated by the CACREP (2009) Standards (i.
CACREP accreditation is the standard-setter for our profession.
Using a spreadsheet format, it lists competencies correlated to performance guidelines and CACREP standards relating to concepts like human development, counseling settings, and specialties like addictions, as well as aspects such as ethics, counselor education and supervision, assessment, research and evaluation, child and adolescent counseling, and multiculturalism.
CACREP accredits 448 master's and 49 doctoral counseling programs (CACREP Directory, 2006).
Career counseling and development have not been perceived as among the most important topics within the CACREP core, and this continues to be true.