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University of South Florida · College of Behavioral & Community Sciences · Rehabilitation & Mental Health Counseling

Accreditation

CACREPThe USF Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A. degree) program now joins a handful of other higher education programs across the United States in successfully completing the joint review process offered as part of the 2013 affiliation agreement between the Council on Rehabilitation  Education (CORE)  and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational  Programs (CACREP) (see merger history below). Through holding this dual accreditation, program graduates, including those who graduated up to 18 months prior to July 7th, 2016 and who completed the curricular and clinical requirements included in this review, will be eligible for hiring in key federal programs, including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and TRICARE, which have stipulated graduation from a CACREP-accredited program as an employment criterion.

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A. degree) has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs through October 31, 2023. View CACREP listing.

Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE)

COREThe Council on Rehabilitation Education has recognized the University of South Florida Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program as fully accredited through the 2017/2018 academic year. CORE is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the accrediting body for master's degree programs in Rehabilitation Counselor Education.

CORE and CACREP Merger History

On July 20, 2015,  the counseling profession’s two major accrediting organizations – the Council on Rehabilitation  Education and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational  Programs – signed a Plan of Merger Agreement.  The Plan, approved by both the CORE Board and CACREP Board at their respective summer meetings, represents several years of discussions on strengthening the counseling profession through the  establishment  of  a single unified accreditation process for counselor preparation programs. CORE and CACREP had entered into an historic  affiliation agreement in 2013 to accomplish this on behalf of all future counselors and their clients. The two organizations believe their vision for a unified counseling profession is better realized through a merger of both organizations.