The UNO Department of Counseling has much to cheer about – 2014 marks the 20th Anniversary of the Department being fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). CACREP accreditation is among the highest commendations that an academic program can receive in the counseling field.
“Accreditation is valuable because it provides a national endorsement that the program has been rigorously evaluated and certifies that the program prepares students with the necessary knowledge and skills to serve as professional counselors as set by the field of counselor education,” said Dean Nancy Edick. CACREP is an independent agency and the accrediting arm of the American Counseling Association.
The UNO Counseling Master’s program is the only one in Nebraska that offers CACREP accredited programs in both Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling. Since 1993, the Department has undergone three CACREP re-accreditation cycles and is currently preparing for its 2016 re-accreditation.
“Meeting CACREP’s high accreditation standards gives further evidence of the caliber of the Department’s program, students, and faculty. We are proud to have faculty from UNO’s counseling program recognized for their work in guiding our students as they acquire knowledge and skills to practice effectively and ethically, develop as critical and innovative thinkers, and become leaders in the counseling profession,” said Dr. Paul Barnes, Department Chair. The Department plans to celebrate this achievement with a series of events this coming February, including a College of Education Maverick Men’s Basketball tailgate and game.
The CACREP accreditation adds to the Department’s a long history of excellence. In 1960, the University was the only site in Nebraska to train school teachers to become counselors as part of the National Defense Counseling and Guidance Training Institute. Because of this work, UNO established a formal Counseling Department in the fall of 1965. The Department will celebrate its 50th Anniversary in the fall of 2015.
The degree program offers courses in formats to meet the needs of traditional and nontraditional students. Weekend courses, distance education and on-line courses are offered. On average, 48 students graduate per year and begin serving the needs of the community. To learn more about the Department, our programs, and how CACREP accreditation benefits students and alumni please visit the Counseling webpage, call (402) 554-2727 or stop by the Counseling suite in Roskens Hall, room 101.