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The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Program (CACREP) is the independent agency that accredits graduate programs in addiction counseling; career counseling; clinical mental health counseling; marriage, couple, and family counseling; school counseling; and student affairs and college counseling.

As an independent agency that is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, CACREP ensures the quality and reputation of counseling programs in higher education. CACREP accredited programs reflect the highest standards in counselor education. Only a handful of Texas Master’s programs in counseling have met these standards.

In January 2011, the UTB School Counseling and the Community Counseling tracks became accredited by CACREP. Only 13 universities in Texas are accredited from almost 70 programs. UTB faculty’s application for CACREP accreditation reflects their commitment to transcend institutional accreditation and provide students with an academic experience commensurate with the best counselor education programs in the nation.

As a fully CACREP accredited program, the UTB Counseling Program prepares qualified counselors who can work with diverse populations and settings. The program promotes the development and application of counseling and research skills applicable to the role of the school and professional counselor. It also focuses on personal growth, the development of ethical behavior and professionalism, and a commitment to provide the best possible education in counseling services to graduate students.

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