|Action||Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs|
|Comment Period||Ends 7/1/2015|
As a licensed professional counselor in Maryland, I was required at the time of obtaining my license to meet standards that exceeded CACREP. Now CACREP wants you to believe that their standards are better, and that their educational programs exceed those such as Harvard and Johns Hopkins University (my alma mater), or counseling psychology programs. However, CACREP has not shown that programs accredited by them are better. The claim that their accreditation program is a higher standard has not been adequately examined, nor have the responses which can refute that claim been fully heard.
Since the CACREP only standard was adopted by the U.S. Veterans Administration, veterans who seek mental health benefits cannot be seen by up to 70% of the licensed counselors in the country. Is that what we want for non-veterans as well?