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Press Release: Pace University Mental Health Counseling Programs Earn Professional Seal of Approval


Press Release: Pace University Mental Health Counseling Programs Earn Professional Seal of Approval

Masters and Ph.D. programs granted prestigious accreditation

PLEASANTVILLE, Oct. 11 – Pace University’s Psychology Department in Pleasantville has earned accreditation of its M.S. and Ph.D. Mental Health Counseling programs from The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), following a rigorous external review and self-assessment. The American Counseling Association (ACA) has endorsed CACREP as the accrediting body for professional counselors.

With this accreditation, graduates of the programs now have significant benefits in employment and professional advancement. At least three federal agencies, including the Veterans’ Administration, now require that mental health counselors be graduates of CACREP-accredited institutions.

The University’s master’s program is the first in Westchester County and sixth in New York City and its surrounding areas to receive CACREP accreditation in mental health counseling. Pace’s Ph.D. in mental health counseling was the first doctoral degree of its kind in New York State when it launched in 2013 and is the only program in the New York metropolitan area and the third in New York State to receive CACREP accreditation. Only 25 institutions in New York State offer a master or doctoral mental health counseling program with CACREP accreditation. Both programs are housed in Pace’s Dyson College of Arts and Sciences.

“The CACREP accreditation is a well-deserved recognition of the high quality of Dyson College’s master’s and doctoral mental health counseling programs,” said Nira Herrmann, Ph.D., dean of the Dyson College. “It underscores the commitment our faculty have to deliver a superior education to our students, as well as their commitment and contribution to the body of knowledge and research in the mental health counseling field. The benefits of the accreditation are numerous, especially as it relates to students seeking practicum/internship sites and graduates applying for employment opportunities.”

The CACREP process requires submission of a self-study evaluation, including program materials, course syllabi, admission interview processes, program handbooks, practicum/internship manuals, website verification of standards, and concise goals and mission statements. An on-site review is conducted by expert counseling peers and includes meetings with all constituents of the process, resulting in a formal report outlining the strengths and growth areas of the programs.

Pace’s application for accredited status indicates its institutional commitment to the excellence of its counseling programs. As indicated on the CACREP website, “accredited status indicates to the public at large that a program is fulfilling its commitment to educational quality.”

Visit the Pace website to learn about the doctoral or master’s programs. Doctoral | Masters.

About Dyson College

Pace University’s liberal arts college, Dyson College offers more than 50 programs, spanning the arts and humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and pre-professional programs (including pre-medicine, pre-veterinary, and pre-law), as well as numerous courses that fulfill core curriculum requirements. The College offers access to numerous opportunities for internships, cooperative education and other hands-on learning experiences that complement in-class learning in preparing graduates for career and graduate/professional education choices.

About Pace University

Since 1906, Pace has educated thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in Lower Manhattan and Westchester County, NY, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, College of Health Professions, School of Education, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. A 2017 study by the Equality of Opportunity Project ranks Pace University first in New York – and second in the nation – for Economic Mobility based on students who enter college at the bottom fifth of the income distribution and end up in the top fifth.