Caldwell University Art Therapy Program is First in Nation to Receive CACREP Accreditation; School Remains Only One in New Jersey to Offer Graduate-Level Art Therapy
by Carolyne Volpe Curley / Carolyne@WestEssexNOW.com
CALDWELL, NJ - Caldwell University has received accreditation for its Mental Health Counseling / Art Therapy graduate program. The endorsement has come from the Council for
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,
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
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.
President Dr. Nancy H. Blattner
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Caldwell, NJ 07006
Caldwell University is a private, Catholic coed four-year university with a strong liberal arts core curriculum that enhances critical thinking and analytical reasoning. Caldwell offers 25 undergraduate and 30 graduate programs, including doctoral, master’s, certificate and certification programs, as well as online and distance learning options that prepare students for today's global marketplace. The university has 15 NCAA Division II athletic teams and numerous clubs, fraternities, sororities and activities on a beautiful 70-acre campus located in the suburbs of Caldwell, New Jersey. Caldwell was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell. Its core values of respect, integrity, community and excellence influence academic and campus life.