The University of Texas at Tyler clinical mental health counseling graduate program has received national accreditation from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.
Dr. Ross Sherman, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs announced the information Tuesday.
The CACREP is a specialized accreditor for counseling degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels. According a university press release, UT Tyler's program is one of seven accredited CMHC programs in Texas, and the only one within UT System.
“This accreditation is an important development, as it will expand the professional opportunities for our graduates,” said Dr. Charles Barké, UT Tyler Department of Psychology and Counseling chair.
“With a clinical mental health counseling degree from UT Tyler, graduates will be eligible not only for state licensure, but also to work nationwide in the VA mental health system with veterans and with active duty military members and their families where there has been a shortage of mental health service providers," he said.
CACREP recognized the graduate program housed within the College of Education and Psychology after a self-study examination, full on-site peer review and final vote by the council.
“The programs and faculty in the Department of Psychology and Counseling are exceptional, and this accreditation is recognition of this fact in the mental health counseling discipline,” said Dr. Wesley Hickey, college interim dean.
The UT Tyler master of arts in clinical mental health counseling program prepares students to counsel persons experiencing psychological disturbance due to developmental, educational, career, cognitive, emotional, behavioral, cultural, relational or environmental issues.
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