Thursday February 18, 2010

CACREP Approved

The University of Dayton's community counseling and school counseling programs are now accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) approved accreditation for the community and school counseling programs in the University of Dayton's School of Education and Allied Professions.

In 2009, the University of Dayton's department of counselor education and human services voluntarily submitted a self-study of its curriculum and methods. Council officials visited campus last fall for an assessment that included interviews with faculty, students and alumni.

"We have always had strong programs," said Alan Demmitt, chair of the counselor education and human services department. "However, it is nice to receive the recognition, not just because of the hard work of the faculty and staff, but the students as well. Our graduates can feel proud of the quality of their education."

The accrediting council is an independent agency that evaluates masters and doctoral programs to promote professional competency among counselors and related practitioners. Accreditation means a counseling program meets the national standards established by the council and ensures a quality education for students.

The University of Dayton's department of counselor education and human services is dedicated to developing human service practitioners who serve as facilitators of individual and community growth. In the context of the University's Catholic, Marianist tradition and the School of Education's philosophy, the department develops counseling professionals to serve in a variety of educational and social agency settings.

For more information, contact Meagan Pant, assistant director of media relations, at 937-229-3256 or mpant1@udayton.edu.