University of the Cumberlands is proud to announce that its School of Counseling programs earned national accreditation from the Council of Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the highest standard of excellence for counseling programs.
“This is yet another national accreditation for the University,” said Dr. Barbara Kennedy, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “We are very proud of this accomplishment because it verifies the quality of our program, faculty and administration. In my view, CACREP is akin to accountability and is considered the professional seal of approval for counseling. In that, students can be assured of a rigorous program that is recognized for academic excellence.”
UC’s three online graduate-level counseling programs – Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision – received CACREP accreditation. UC is now the only online CACREP accredited school in Addiction Counseling, one of only a handful of online CACREP programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and one of only four CACREP accredited doctoral programs.
“This is a big deal,” said Dr. Martin Wesley, Dean of School of Counseling at Cumberlands. “CACREP accreditation is the highest standard possible for a counseling program. Students graduating from our accredited programs can pursue state licensing as a professional counselor, which opens up an array of job opportunities.”
Cumberlands offers the first completely online graduate counseling program that is synchronistic, allowing students to interact in real-time webinars with professors. The program combines the flexibility of online classes with the intimacy and benefits of a traditional classroom. The program is also one of the most affordable in the nation.
CACREP accreditation also strengthens the position of those pursuing doctoral degrees through UC. “Graduates of our doctoral programs are going to be in very high demand,” said Wesley. “This accreditation provides our graduates with the opportunity to teach in respected universities here in the United States and around the world.”
Accreditation of the UC School of Counseling is the culmination of over two years of work by faculty and staff.
“When Dr. Wesley asked several doctoral students to help with accreditation, I wish you could have captured my face when I saw all the papers; I had no clue of the work it took to get the self-study done,” said Dr. Jennifer Werries, a recent graduate of the School of Counseling. “It is a monumental accomplishment to get done so quickly.”
Learn more about UC’s online counseling programs at gradweb.ucumberlands.edu