The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health and Master of Arts in School Counseling programs at Northern Kentucky University have earned accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
Both programs are housed in the NKU College of Education and Human Services’ Department of Counseling, Social Work and Leadership. Dr. Verl Pope, chair of the department, credited his professors. “This is the culmination of several years’ worth of work by our counseling faculty,” Dr. Pope said. “Under the leadership of Dr. Brett Zyromski, the faculty worked to ensure that the programs met the vigorous accreditation requirements and core values.”
To achieve and retain accreditation by the council, programs must exhibit excellence in counselor education; a fair, consistent and ethical decision-making process; and responsible leadership. Additionally, accredited programs must document that they reflect the needs of society and are open to growth, change and collaboration with the community.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is a specialized accrediting body that provides leadership and promotes excellence in professional preparation of counseling and related educational programs. Its accreditation provides recognition that the content and quality of a program has been evaluated and meets standards set by the profession.
The council’s website notes that, “The student, as a consumer, can be assured that appropriate knowledge and skill areas are included and that [an accredited] program is stable professionally and financially.”