The Accreditation Council for Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) has granted accreditation to the MSED in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the MSED in School Counseling Programs at the College of Saint Rose until March 2030.
Saint Rose is the only institution in the Greater Capital Region to offer CACREP-accredited school counseling and mental health counseling programs, meaning that graduates have met high academic and professional standards and are obtain the knowledge necessary to succeed in the field.
“For students, it raises the profile of their degree and creates a common language that they have met to rigorous standards,” said Claudia Lingertat, counseling professor and chair of Saint Rose’s counseling department.
Students in the program also benefit from the fact that CACREP accreditation facilitates the process of obtaining certification in other states because states value what the accreditation says about the quality of graduates.
CACREP accreditation also opens doors for MSED graduates in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, who will now be eligible for employment with the Department of Veterans Affairs and to receive payment as independent providers under TRICARE, a program of United States Department of Defense Health Care. Military health System at the service of beneficiaries and their dependents.
Programs are designed with student needs in mind, offering evening classes, as the majority of mental health counseling students in school and clinic work full-time.
In keeping with the College’s founding values, programs value social justice and advocacy, cultural competence, and a trauma-informed approach to working with clients and students. They also have a reputation for producing outstanding professionals, with 100% of mental health and school counseling clinical students gaining employment in the field last year.
“The teachers all worked in the field,” Lingertat said. “We are always on the cutting edge of technology in our courses, and in surveys, students felt exceptionally well prepared. »