What is CACREP? (from cacrep.org)
CACREP is a specialized accreditor for counseling programs. The agency accredits counseling programs in a variety of specialization areas at the master's 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.
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.