The residential M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling program has received an eight-year CACREP accreditation as of January 11, 2015. CACREP is an independent accreditation agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse, and complex society.
The Department for Counselor Education and Family Studies continues to work toward submitting the M.A. 60hr Professional Counseling online program to CACREP for review. Due to the scope of this effort, we cannot speculate on a timeline for this.
Liberty University’s Department of Counselor Education and Family Studies is in the final stage of seeking CACREP accreditation for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. To meet CACREP standard I.AA.6, the outcomes from the comprehensive program assessment are documented in the executive summary for review by interested persons.
In addition, the results from the 2015 Vital Statistics Report are now available. Over the past year, 42 students graduated from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Of the 33 graduates who responded to our query, 100% of those seeking employment were able to obtain employment in their area of training or a comparable recognized occupation within 180 days of graduation. Finally, to predict our licensure pass rate, we use the results of the comprehensive exam, the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE©), a comprehensive multiple-choice examination that covers the eight core CACREP areas. Over 98% of our students passed on the first attempt, and 100% passed after a second attempt.