The clinical mental health counseling master’s degree program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

The clinical mental health counseling master’s degree program at Southeastern Oklahoma State University recently received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

 

Southeastern is one of two universities in Oklahoma with CACREP accreditation and the first school in the state to earn accreditation for a Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree program.

 

The accreditation was based on the CACREP board’s extensive review of self-study documents, the visiting team’s report and Southeastern’s response to that report.

 

The eight-year accreditation period extends through October 31, 2020. Eight years is the longest period of time for which a program can receive accreditation.

 

Attaining the CMHC accreditation has many benefits for students, according to Dr. Daniel Weigel, professor of counseling at Southeastern and the chair of the University’s CACREP Accreditation Task Force.

 

“Of particular importance to our community is the fact that the CACREP accreditation has been endorsed by the Institute of Medicine as the only specialty accreditation for mental health counseling that is recognized by federal insurance programs such as TRICARE, the Department of Defense (civilian and enlisted personnel), and Veterans Affairs facilities across the nation. This will allow our graduates to serve members of the military and their families at a time when there is great need and also a dire shortage of mental health providers in parts of rural Oklahoma and north Texas," Weigel said.

 

The CMHC program at Southeastern is the only program in Oklahoma that has been approved for participation in the “NCC for Graduate Students” application option offered through the National Board for Certified Counselors. According to Weigel, this approval will enable students to begin work almost immediately upon graduation as local or national Disaster Mental Health Workers through the American Red Cross.