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CACREP extends accreditation of TU’s graduate Counseling program

The Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) recently extended its accreditation for Thomas University’s Master of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling through 2023.

“This is the longest extension offered by CACREP, and we see this extension as their acknowledgement of our program quality and rigorous academic standards,” said Dr. Pauline Patrick, Chair of the TU Division of Counseling and Psychology.

CACREP initially accredited TU’s program in the summer of 2017 for two years. TU’s program was previously accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE), which merged with CACREP in July 2017. To obtain CACREP accreditation, the faculty in TU’s program and TU administrators were required to completed an in-depth self-study demonstrating how TU follows CACREP standards and policies. TU is the only program in Georgia and one of only 13 in the country with the dual accreditation in both areas of Counseling. Now CACREP has extended accreditation through 2023.

“TU has one of the few dually accredited CACREP programs in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling,” said Dr. Cristina Jones, Program Director for the M.S. Degree in Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. “By offering our program totally online, we can reach students all over the country.”

According to the CACREP website, CACREP accreditation means that a program has met or exceeded national standards, ensures that graduates meet requirements for credentialing and are ready for professional practice, and that the program focuses on professional counseling.

TU originally began a master’s degree program in Rehabilitation Counseling in 2006 and a master’s degree program in Community Counseling in 2008. The two degrees were combined in 2013. With the merged degree and the CACREP accreditation, a graduate is prepared to become a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and/or a Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

TU’s master’s degree in Counseling has been recognized by the website Best Counseling Degrees as one of top online counseling degrees in the country, by the website Best Masters Programs on its list of “Best Online Master’s in Counseling Programs,” and by Best Online Colleges as one of the best online programs.

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