November 1, 2018
The University’s master of science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMCH) has earned prestigious accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). National accreditation is an assurance that the program meets standards for professional preparation. The program’s CACREP accreditation is voluntary and extends through October 2024.
“Employment opportunities in mental health community counseling are expanding,” says Cheryl Neale-McFall, associate professor and graduate coordinator for counselor education. The field is expected to grow 23% in the next 10 years. Overwhelming demand for WCU’s program drew 88 applications for the 20 student slots available this fall for the 60-credit program.
Rebekah Rogerson initially chose WCU’s CMCH program because of the location and cohort-style accreditation and says, “Having the opportunity to sit down with the faculty and finding out that the program was CACREP accredited made my decision easy.
“I am getting to the halfway point of my first semester in the CMHC program and could not be more thrilled with my decision to attend West Chester University. The faculty have been incredibly knowledgeable and versatile, willing to work with students to start figuring out which steps we would like to take going forth in the program and once we graduate. It certainly is not an easy experience, but undoubtedly a rewarding one.”
“Practitioners are working with younger children all the time, looking toward preventive, as opposed to reactive, measures,” notes Neale-McFall. “We’re also creating more electives as we assess trends in clinical mental health counseling.”
Evening classes in the CMCH program are held at WCU’s Graduate Center at 1160 McDermott Drive, West Chester 19380.