Accreditation refers to the setting of
minimal standards that an individual, program, or institution must meet in
order to be deemed as proficient in a particular field.
As an educational
institution Naropa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
(HLC) (www.naropa.edu/about-naropa/accreditation) and is
a member of the regional association, the North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools (NCACS)
Naropa was first accredited by the HLC in 1986 and gained its last successful
accreditation in 2010.
The GSCP's Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, which includes all specialist counseling concentrations offered by the GSCP, is
in a multi-year process of becoming accredited with the Council of
Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; kay-krep)
CACREP is a leading body that accredits masters and doctoral counseling degree
programs in the U.S. and internationally. Importantly, CACREP does not
CACREP states: “In order to become
accredited, a counselor education program must fulfill certain requirements or
standards with regard to institutional settings, program mission and
objectives, program content, practicum experiences, student selection and
advising, faculty qualifications and workload, program governance,
instructional support, and self-evaluation. In order to be certified,
counselors must meet certain levels of education and training in counseling,
they must follow the code of ethics, and they are held accountable to show
competent and ethical performance in practice.” (www.cacrep.org)
Licensure applications, along with
applications for many other credentials across U.S. states, ask if applicants
graduated from a CACREP-accredited program. Where applicants have not
graduated from a CACREP-accredited program they are required to show that their
completed coursework is equivalent to the CACREP coursework requirements. In
Colorado, for example, this process entails completing the Colorado Education
Equivalency Review application (www.cce-global.org/prof/apps). Other U.S.
states have similar processes.
Students and Alumni are directed to the ACA State Licensure Requirements document available on the MyNaropa GSCP Credentialing page that outlines other U.S. state requirements in relation to CACREP-accredited degrees.