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The counseling program/concentrations in the Graduate School of Counseling and Psychology (GSCP) do not currently have CACREP accreditation. This means that current students and graduates will/have graduated with a non -CACREP  accredited degree. At this time all students are still eligible to engage in licensure processes in all states across the US, despite not having a CACREP-accredited degree.
 
There are numerous requirements that a program much address in order to achieve accreditation - from curriculum, to administrative procedures, to faculty and staff. The Counseling Program continues to refine their operations in order to apply for CACREP accreditation in the future. The Naropa community and the public will be informed as soon as a more stable timeline for this process is finalized. Please check back here for updates.
 
Prospective students are directed to the Graduate Admissions office if they have remaining questions about undertaking studies in the GSCP at this time. You can contact admissions here: http://www.naropa.edu/admissions/masters/index.php  
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) (www.chea.org). 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) (www.cacrep.org). CACREP is a leading body that accredits masters and doctoral counseling degree programs in the U.S. and internationally. Importantly, CACREP does not accredit individuals.
 
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. 

The Council of Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP; kay-krep) is currently the largest accreditation body of counseling-related programs in the United States. CACREP accredits masters and doctoral degree programs in a number of specialty counseling areas*:

  • Addictions Counseling;
  • Career Counseling;
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling;
  • Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling;
  • School Counseling,
  • Student Affairs and College Counseling.

The GSCP Counseling Program - with it's six concentrations - is applying for accreditation within the Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty area.

For more information on who CACREP is and what they do see: http://www.cacrep.org/for-students/
In relation to CACREP's curricular standards, programs must show they provide learning experiences in relation to a number of Common Core (referred to simply as "Core") and Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) standards.

The Core standards are named “Core” as they are required of all the specialty programs* CACREP accredits. Each of these specialty areas has a second set of area-relevant standards that programs must meet in order to gain accreditation. The GSCP is seeking accreditation in CMHC, and thus must also meet the CMHC standards in addition to Core standards.

 
Core standards include eight content areas:
 
  1.  Professional Orientation and Ethical Practice
  2. Social and Cultural Diversity
  3. Human Growth and Development
  4. Career Development
  5. Helping Relationships
  6. Group Work
  7. Assessment
  8. Research and Program Evaluation
CMHC standards are broken down under three sections:
  • Foundations
  • Contextual Dimensions
  • Practice

You can download the full 2016 CACREP Standards on the GSCP Licensure, Accreditation & Professional Development homepage, or from www.cacrep.org (left hand side of page).

CACREP states:

Each State Board has different processes and requirements for obtaining a counseling license. Although graduation from a CACREP program does not guarantee you will be eligible for licensure, most states recognize what a CACREP degree contains. You will need to take the state’s licensure exam and complete the necessary number of post-graduate supervised hours in order to be fully licensed.”

Importantly, CACREP accreditation “does not guarantee licensure in any state”. Not only are there hours and examinations to pass, some US states require additional educational requirements that fall outside of CACREP content areas and may fall outside of courses offered by the various concentrations in the GSCP.

Students are directed to the GSCP Licensure and Credentialing guidebook for more on this, and to CACREP for their general statement around licensure. http://www.cacrep.org/for-students/getting-licensed-after-you-graduate/
As a student, you can actively support the CACREP accreditation process (both the upcoming initial application and ongoing accreditation) by actively taking part in the professional counseling community (in no particular order):
 
  1. Join the Colorado Counseling Association (CCA) (student membership rates available): http://www.coloradocounselingassociation.org/page-759778 
  2. Join the American Counseling Association (ACA) (student membership rates available): https://www.counseling.org/membership/join-reinstate-today! 
  3. Join the leadership team or be a participant in the GSCP Counselor Development Group (forming Fall 2015) - look out for announcements in your student email.
  4. Complete one of the surveys below (Professional Development Links - Student & Alumni Surveys)

For Alumni - the number one way you can support the GSCP with it's development in this area is to respond to any alumni survey's that come your way. What you are doing in the world remains important to us!