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TWU counseling and development program earns renewed CACREP accreditation
DENTON — The counseling and development program at Texas Woman’s University has earned renewed accreditation for its school and community counseling components from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).
“Receiving this accreditation is a seal that indicates we are willing to go above and beyond because we want to have a quality program and graduate students who become quality counselors,” said Dr. Susan Adams, assistant professor of counseling and development and CACREP coordinator for TWU’s counseling and development program.
The master’s degree program in community counseling received an eight-year accreditation, the maximum accreditation period awarded by the organization. The master’s program in the school counseling component received a two-year accreditation. According to the CACREP website, www.cacrep.org, a two-year accreditation status is given to programs that substantially meet CACREP standards, yet have minor deficiencies to address.
“There were some minor issues with our internships, plus we’re in the midst of a faculty search for a school counselor educator,” Dr. Adams said.
“I’m very pleased with the outcome,” she said. “For us to go through this lengthy process and have only one standard we didn’t quite meet — something that can easily be corrected — is wonderful.”
Faculty members in the two TWU counseling programs began preparing for the accreditation process in January 2005, examining their curriculum, faculty resources, program objectives and more, then defining how these areas met CACREP standards. A CACREP team then visited the university in September 2007 to verify the information provided in the programs’ self-study.
“The team was impressed with the amount of support from former students, supervisors at the clinical sites, and the fact that people in the community speak highly of our programs and graduates,” Dr. Adams said.
The CACREP Board of Directors met in January to make decisions on accreditation. TWU’s community counseling program is accredited through March 31, 2016. The school counseling program’s accreditation runs through March 31, 2010.
According to the CACREP website, programs accredited for a two-year period are required to submit a report before the end of that period showing how the issues cited have been addressed. “If that report is satisfactory, CACREP will review the program and could grant an additional six years of accreditation,” Dr. Adams said.
As part of their eight-year accreditation, all programs are required to submit a mid-cycle report to document any major changes in faculty or curriculum.
Dr. Adams believes the effort is worth it due to what accreditation means.
“It establishes a high standard we have voluntarily agreed to meet,” she said. “It shows our commitment to a standard of excellence.”
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