The SOU Mental Health Counseling Program is nationally accredited under the 2001 Standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) as a Mental Health Counseling program until October 31, 2012.
We are currently under review as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program using the 2009 Standards. This year-long process involves an in-depth self-study of our program and changes to curriculum, procedures, and program assessment processes. In the fall of 2012, an on-site evaluation team of counselor-education professionals will provide feedback about our strengths and weaknesses in implementing the national standards. Their culminating report will provide important guidance as we strive to improve our program to better prepare the counselors of the future; they will also inform the CACREP Board of Directors as to decisions concerning our future accreditation.
2009 Standards on the CACREP website.
As part of Southern Oregon University, the MHC program is also accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges.