The SUNY New Paltz Counselor Education Program is pleased to announce that it submitted its application for CACREP Accreditation on February 28, 2018. The application process–which involves engaging in an extensive self-assessment and gathering documentation, was completed under the leadership of the Counselor Education Program director, Professor Melanie Hill.
CACREP (Council Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) is the foremost national accreditor for counselor education programs. The agency accredits counselor education programs in a variety of specialization areas in the United States and throughout the world, including Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. Securing CACREP Accreditation ensures that our students will have top-quality education, training, and easier portability of licensure across states.
Applying for accreditation is a lengthy process, so the program likely won’t hear a decision from CACREP for 12-18 months. Even without CACREP Accreditation, the SUNY New Paltz Counselor Education Program’s graduate degrees in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling are included in New York State’s Inventory of Registered Programs, making students who graduate from them eligible for either New York mental health counseling licensure (LMHC) or school counselor certification.