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Project Director/PI: Tammy Jorgensen-Smith, PhD

Assistant Director/Co-PI: Christina Dillahunt-Aspillaga, PhD

Investigator: Chih Chin Chou, PhD

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RMHC Accreditation

The Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of South Florida is fully accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by programs and institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. According to CORE, the value and function of accreditation includes: 1) a measure of educational quality, 2) assurance that education programs are evaluated against nationally accepted standards and that program graduates are competent for entry into the workplace or for advanced practice, and 3) assurance to prospective employers that graduates come from a program where the content and quality satisfy established standards. CORE monitors each accredited program throughout the period of accreditation to verify that it continues to meet and exceed quality standards. Specifically, CORE accreditation promotes: 1) effective delivery of rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities; 2) development of graduates who have the skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary to provide rehabilitation counseling services to individuals with a wide range of disabilities; and 3) development of qualified personnel that meet the personnel needs of both public and private rehabilitation agencies. CORE accredited programs initiate program self-improvement by collecting outcome-oriented data from graduates, current students, and employers in both the public and private sectors (CORE, 2012).