The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

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Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
HeadquartersAlexandria, Virginia, United States
Dr. Amy Milsom[1]

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) is a CHEA-recognized accreditor of counseling programs in the United States.[2][3][4]


The Council was established in 1981 in order to set standards for counselor training.[5][6] The first national conference was held from 7 to 10 October 1988 in St. Louis.[7] The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the American Personnel and Guidance Association (a precursor to the American Counselor Association) discussed cooperative accreditation efforts for counseling programs. This ultimately led to CACREP's establishment.[8][9]

CACREP serves as one of the four major entities of the counseling profession in the United States; the other three entities are the American Counseling Association the National Board of Certified Counselors and the American Mental Health Counselors Association.[10]


CACREP accredits both master's and doctoral degree counseling programs. Current types of programs that can be accredited are:

Master's degree programs

  • Addiction Counseling
  • Career Counseling
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling
  • College Counseling and Student Affairs
  • Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
  • Rehabilitation Counseling
  • School Counseling

Doctoral degree programs

  • Counselor Education and Supervision

Accreditation can no longer be sought for the following programs:

  • Community Counseling
  • College Counseling
  • Gerontological Counseling
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Affairs and College Counseling [11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Board Members". CACREP. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
  2. ^ "CACREP Recognition". CACREP. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  3. ^ "Council For Higher Education Accreditation Summary of Recognition Status of the Council For Accreditiation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)" (PDF). CHEA. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  4. ^ "Programmatic Accrediting Organizations". CHEA. Archived from the original on 23 September 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  5. ^ "Accreditation Information". Minnesota State University Mankato Counseling Department. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  6. ^ David Capuzzi & Douglas R. Gross. "Introduction to the Counseling Profession: Sixth Edition". Taylor & Francis. Retrieved 11 September 2014.
  7. ^ "ACES, charting the future : ACES first national conference, October 7-10, 1988, in St. Louis". OCLC 19525950.
  8. ^ "About CACREP". CACREP. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  9. ^ Carol Bobby (2013). "The Evolution of Specialties in the CACREP Standards: CACREP's Role in Unifying the Profession". Journal of Counseling & Development. 91: 35–43. doi:10.1002/j.1556-6676.2013.00068.x.
  10. ^ Joel F. Diambra; Melinda M. Gibbons; Jeff L. Cochran; Shawn Spurgeon; Whitney L. Jarnagin & Porche’ Wynn. "The Symbiotic Relationships of the Counseling Profession's Accrediting Body, American Counseling Association, Flagship Journal and National Certification Agency" (PDF). National Board of Certified Counselors. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  11. ^ "For Students". CACREP. Retrieved 10 September 2014.