PSU Achieves Prestigious Counseling Certification

February 1st, 2007 by Adam

PSU now offers some of the finest counselor training available in New England after a rigorous approval process from the counseling profession’s national accrediting body. The Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has accredited Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies’ M.Ed.programs in School Counseling and Mental Health Counseling.

Under the direction of Dr. Virginia Barry and Dr. Dennise Maslakowski, PSU’s College of Graduate Studies began working toward the CACREP certification several years ago. The certification process included hundreds of hours of work in preparing the self-study documents and detailing compliance with the CACREP standards. Those standards include:

• institutional support including library, faculty support, technical and financial support
• program objectives and the curriculum
• clinical instruction
• faculty expertise and staffing levels
• program evaluation and improvement documentation

The CACREP board approved PSU as an accredited program in January, after reviewing program documents and an on-campus inspection.

“The real winners are the consumers in the state of New Hampshire who will have access to better prepared school counselors and mental health counselors,” said Gary Goodnough, professor and program chair of Counselor Education in the College of Graduate Studies. “This is the first and only CACREP accredited programs in the state of N.H., which puts our students at the top of the field in the state. Also, our students can take the National Certification Exam prior to graduation. Students from non-accredited programs must be two years post degree to sit for the exam.”

“PSU is very proud to achieve CACREP accreditation,” said Dr. Dennise Maslakowski. “This accreditation sets our graduates apart from other programs as graduates of a nationally recognized program. We are very proud of our counselor education faculty and their role in helping the institution obtain this national distinction of excellence.”

As part of the CACREP accreditation, PSU is now eligible to offer a student chapter of the Counseling Honor Society Chi Sigma Iota.

For more information, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603)535-2775