Once again, counselors lead the way with telemental health training. In May 2015, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) released new standards for 2016. CACREP accredits master’s and doctoral degree programs in counseling and its specialties that are offered by colleges and universities.The 2016 CACREP document outlines eight “common core areas” that represents “the foundational knowledge required of all entry level counselor education graduates.”
The 2016 revision of the CACREP standards has been eagerly anticipated by the counseling field due to their influence in setting the bar for the professional development of counselors throughout the world. For instance, the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) has announced that beginning January 1, 2022, applicants for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential must be graduates of a CACREP-accredited program.
This new NBCC educational requirement will not affect the professional counselors who are currently certified, nor those who obtain certification prior to December 31, 2021. Read the full CACREP announcement from NBCC.
To be in compliance with these new accreditation standards, counselor education programs must document where each the identified standard is covered in their curricula. Click here to read CACREP’s 2016 Standards and conduct a search on the term “technology” to easily identify which areas of counseling are to soon require technology-related expertise by counselors in training.