Originally Posted by saribou13
I don't mean to be rude at all when I say this... but only 40% of all counseling masters programs are actually CACREP accredited. Many of the schools that are on the CACREP list, I've not even heard of previously. A lot of the better schools aren't on there. In this way, I think that perhaps CACREP lends validity to programs at lesser known schools, to ensure that they are in fact up to licensure standards, and follow a certain protocol. Also, I am hoping to afterwards go on to get my PhD in Counseling Psychology, so hopefully all of this will become a moot point later on. I'm not worried about it.
Thats interesting....well eitherway, I don't believe I mentioned a specific %age of programs being accredited so no offense taken, but this is information that is good to know in general. In terms of lending validity to lesser known schools, this may be the case for schools that are trying to meet their state's licensing standards, but for other individuals who may be looking to make their living at the matsters level(or those looking to progress to doctoral level counselor ed programs) I figured giving a general guideline of things to be mindful of would be helpful, as it sounded like you were looking for information regarding what impact or benefit accreditation may afford. If your planning on transitioning to counseling psych, still look to find out what impact your master's program will have on your ability to transfer credits, bypass preqs, etc....other than that, good luck!