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Originally published: 2014-03-24 09:17:42
Last modified: 2014-03-24 09:18:27

ASU counseling programs receive accreditation

The clinical mental health and school counseling programs in Appalachian State University's Reich College of Education have been reaccredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. 

The master's degree programs are housed in the Department of Human Development and Psychological Counseling.  

The accreditation is for an eight-year period. It is based on a review of the department's self-study documents and a report from a site team visit. 

Appalachian's clinical mental health counseling program prepares counselors and other helping professionals to work in a wide variety of human service agencies, including mental health centers, social service agencies, employment and rehabilitation centers, business and industry employee assistance programs. The school counseling program is designed to meet state licensure requirements and to prepare counselors for elementary, middle and secondary schools.

The counseling programs each admit about 18 new students each year. 

Both programs require a minimum of 60 semester hours to graduate. To maintain CACREP accreditation, programs must maintain a maximum ratio of 10 students for each faculty member.