CACREP Site Visit Updates

Dear Students and Alumni:

The CACREP site visit review for accreditation concluded October 10th.  Three CACREP accreditation representatives spent October 7-10 meeting with and interviewing program faculty, campus administrators, graduate assistants, current students, and alumni. They visited 4 field placement site locations for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling, reviewed program records and curricula, toured campus facilities, and attended a class session. The visit concluded with an exit presentation of the findings by the team to campus administration and program faculty. The team of CACREP representatives will prepare a formal report of their findings and submit the report, with their recommendations, to the CACREP Board for review during the January or July 2013 Board meeting. After the Board meeting, the UNCP Provost will be notified in writing of the Board’s decision about our accreditation.
There are three possible decisions that may be made for each program (PSC and CMHC):
–accredited for 8 years
–accredited for 2 years, with conditions to be met within two years and then the opportunity to earn either an additional 2 or 6 years of accreditation
–accreditation denied.
The team recognized that our students and alumni are passionate and committed counseling professionals. They noted that our students are particularly skillful in developing therapeutic relationships and articulating counseling theories. They noted the commitment of the faculty to providing quality counselor education. They also shared feedback from our site supervisors about how valuable the counseling programs are to the individuals and families within our unique region.
Dr. Warren, Dr. Schwarze, Dr. Bryant, Dr. Walter, and Dr. Mauk  and I would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all of you who participated in the site visit on campus, behind the scenes, and in spirit. Notably, we would like to recognize:
  • our committed student workers and Phi Sigma officers who gave of their time generously during, and in the weeks preceding, the site visit.
  • our dear and talented alumni who drove from far and near to share their input about their experiences
  • our valuable site supervisors who took time away from their students and clients to support our programs
We will not have a definitive outcome of the visit until after the Board meeting, however we have Counseling Programs to be proud of. We represented UNC-Pembroke exceptionally well.
Angela McDonald, PhD, LPC, NCC
Program Director, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

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