Fairfield University’s Counseling Programs Receive CACREP National Accreditation
The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and School Counseling program within Fairfield University’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) have received an eight-year accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Professions (CACREP).
CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities in the United States and throughout the world.
The Counselor Education Department has been preparing for this recent and extensive CACREP review for nearly three years. “CACREP has accredited our programs since 1986, when we were the first Counselor Education programs in Connecticut to receive this accreditation,” said Diana Hulse, Ed.D, NCC, LPC, professor and chair of the Counselor Education Department, Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. “Since then, we have maintained CACREP accreditation which, among other benefits, affirms that our programs conform to general expectations for the counseling field, that our educational activities are satisfactory and meet the needs of those wishing to enter the counseling profession and that our department is committed to self-evaluation and program improvement.”
CACREP promotes the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners through the development of preparation standards, the encouragement of excellence in program development and the accreditation of professional preparation programs. As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse and complex society.
“The CACREP site team confirmed to us that they saw the strength and excellence of our programs,” Hulse continued. “We vow to continue making our programs excellent, relevant and strong as we move forward in the next eight years.”
“National accreditation indicates we meet the highest standards of the profession and is a seal of approval by our peers,” said Robert Hannafin, PhD, dean of Fairfield’s Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. “This recognition is a reflection of the stellar work of our faculty, staff and community partners, and is a tribute to our students and alumni. We are very proud of all of them.”