The PSU Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program has received dual accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). Students in the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling Program complete 90 credits of rehabilitation counseling and mental health counseling coursework. The program is accredited through October 31, 2023. This master of science program is one of the first of its kind across the United States to achieve successful completion of the joint accreditation process.
“This is really good news,” Graduate School of Education Dean Randy Hitz said. “Our graduates will be eligible for hiring in key federal programs, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and TRICARE, the health care program for service members and their families, which have recently stipulated CACREP accreditation as an employment criterion.”
CORE has worked to match their curriculum standards equally to those of CACREP and has entered into a new relationship as a corporate affiliate. This gives PSU’s Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling graduates the opportunity to apply for federal jobs and includes graduates who have completed the program up to 18 months prior to this decision.
“The PSU Clinical Rehabilitation program trains counselors who specialize in chronic illness and disability,” said Tina Anctil, Counselor Education Department chair and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program coordinator. “Clinical rehabilitation counselors address the psychosocial, mental health, and career needs to help clients with disabilities achieve the highest quality of life possible. We are excited to receive this accreditation that reflects the high-quality training our program provides to meet the needs of our community.”
The PSU Clinical Rehabilitation program is ranked 18th in the country by US News and World Report.
GSE’s other entry-level counseling programs—Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Marital, Couple and Family Counseling—are accredited by CACREP through March 31, 2018, and School Counseling is accredited through March 31, 2024.