Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); it makes the university the first
CACREP-accredited art therapy program in the nation.
With the addition of this accreditation, all of the programs in the university’s Psychology and Counseling Department have received CACREP approval; the Master of Arts in School Counseling and the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling had already received the accreditation. The coordinator of the university’s art therapy programs, Marie Wilson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS, LPC, and professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling, said that the university was thrilled to learn the news.
“It was a very rigorous application,
so receiving this ensures the quality of our program,” Wilson said.
"Accreditation also gives graduates the portability to move to
just about any state in the nation and
work as a licensed professional counselor as well as an art therapist.”
Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, CACREP is a specialized accrediting body. It is the official organization that accredits graduate programs that prepare counseling professionals: counselors, counseling supervisors and counselor educators. The organization's accreditation ensures that the program has met a rigorous set of institutional, administration, faculty and curriculum standards that will significantly enhance the opportunities for professional development for graduates by providing recognition by counseling licensing bodies on the national level.
Graduate-Level Art Therapy
Caldwell University remains the first and only institution in New Jersey to offer graduate-level training in art therapy and one of the few programs in the region that prepare students to be dually-credentialed as both a counselor and as an art therapist. The program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, meets educational requirements for registration and practice as an art therapist and is approved by the New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee. It also meets educational requirements for students to become a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey.
Graduates of the program work as mental health counselors/art therapists with all age groups in hospitals, psychiatric and rehabilitation facilities, wellness centers, forensic institutions, schools, crisis centers, senior communities, hospice care, private practice and other clinical and community settings. Caldwell University also offers a postgraduate master’s in art therapy and an undergraduate double major in psychology and art with an art therapy concentration.
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