University’s Counseling Programs accredited by CACREP
Waynesburg University's Master of Arts in Counseling Program has recently been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
“CACREP accreditation is the most widely recognized and sought after accreditation for counseling programs,” said Waynesburg University Provost Dr. Robert J. Graham. “This is a wonderful recognition of the quality of our program and faculty and is the result of several years of hard work by the counseling faculty.”
CACREP is an independent agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit master's degree and doctoral programs in counseling. To achieve accreditation, programs voluntarily submit a self-study that is reviewed against the CACREP Standards by counselors and counselor educators to ensure that students receive a quality educational experience.
“This national accreditation is evidence of Waynesburg University's commitment to provide high-quality, state-of-the-art programs designed to meet the behavioral health needs of today's society,” said Dr. Scott Tracy, director of Waynesburg University's Graduate Programs in Counseling.
For the 2011-12 academic year, students within the University's Counseling Program achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the National Counselor Exam, which serves as the licensing exam for most states, including Pennsylvania.
Designed in accordance with the standards set forth by the American Counseling Association (ACA), Waynesburg's Counseling Program offers two specialized tracks: Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Addiction Counseling, which is one of the first CACREP approved addictions programs in Pennsylvania.
The curriculum was designed and implemented in 2004 by Dr. James Hepburn, professor of psychology in the University's Graduate and Professional Studies Program. The program quickly grew with the enrollment of many students interested in becoming licensed.
“Our focus has always been on providing a quality curriculum to our students,” said Mariner. “Dr. Hepburn was instrumental in the program achieving such great results. Dr. Tracy has followed in his footsteps and provided great leadership through the CACREP evaluation process.”
Courses are offered in eight-week accelerated sessions with year-round admission dates. Classes meet one or two nights per week, Monday through Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m., at four convenient locations: Southpointe, North Hills, Monroeville and Waynesburg.
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