CACREP Accreditation

What is CACREP? (from

CACREP is a specialized accreditor for counseling programs. The agency accredits counseling programs in a variety of specialization areas at the masters and doctoral levels in the United States and throughout the world. CACREP is recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)


Choosing a Graduate Program

There are many factors to consider when choosing a masters-level counseling program to attend.  Attending a CACREP accredited program makes your choice a little easier because you can be assured that the program has met the standards of quality established by the profession. CACREP accreditation is currently the best route to pursue licensure in many states. Although graduation from a CACREP program does not guarantee you will be eligible for licensure, most states recognize what a CACREPdegree contains. You will need to take the state’s licensure exam and complete the necessary number of post-graduate supervised hours in order to be fully licensed.

Southern University is currently accredited for:
Rehabilitation Counseling (48 hour program)

Rehabilitation Counseling programs prepares graduates to work collaboratively with individuals with disabilities, their support systems, and their environments to achieve their personal, social, psychological, and vocational goals. Graduates are prepared to maximize levels of independence, integration and participation of all individuals with disabilities through the use of counseling, technology, advocacy, support, and the development and application of services that eliminate barriers to their clients’ development. Rehabilitation counselors may work in a variety of settings including rehabilitation facilities, hospitals, universities, schools, and/or government agencies. Our current accreditation is valid through October 31, 2019 and we are currently in the process of transitioning to a 60 hour program in Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling. Submission of the self-study document will be before July 31, 2018.


Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (60 hour program)

Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling programs prepare graduates to help persons with cognitive, physical, sensory, psychiatric, and other disabilities work through a variety of mental health issues and provide treatment of mental disorders, including co-occurring disorders. They are knowledgeable in the principles and practices of clinical counseling including assessment, diagnosis, treatment, referral, and prevention. Clinical rehabilitation counselors may work in a variety of settings including private practice, community-based mental health facilities, substance treatment facilities, schools, hospitals and/or other treatment centers.





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