Accreditation: CACREP

The curriculum is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of counseling concepts identified as central by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP) and certification standards for the State of Wisconsin. Students will develop skills in assessing personal issues related to client problems; collecting and analyzing information in determining appropriate counseling interventions; employing appropriate facilitative techniques; and preparing documents such as counseling-related reports, treatment plans, and education programs.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater offers three emphases within the Counseling Program: Clinical Mental Health (transitioning from Community), Higher Education and School. The Higher Education and School Counseling programs are accredited by CACREP through March 31, 2016 (the department will be seeking reaccreditation for these programs after that time). The Community Counseling Program is accredited through June 30, 2016; this emphasis is no longer available for enrollment. The Community Counseling Program is accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs. The CACREP 2009 Standards combine the Community Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Emphasis (60 credits). The UWW Counseling Program is actively preparing for accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP Guidelines. The department is in the self-study process currently (2013-2014) and will seek accreditation for three emphases per CACREP guidelines.

For more information about CACREP and the standards, visit

Reasons to attend a CACREP accredited program (offered on CACREP website)

  • Be assured of the quality of your academic program.
  • Research shows CACREP graduates perform better on the National Counselor Examination for Licensure and Certification (NCE).
  • Streamlines the licensure application process.
  • CACREP programs have been reviewed against professionally approved standards


CACREP Standards

The program objectives are based on the eight core counseling standards and program specific standards (e.g, School, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Student Affairs Practice in Higher Education Programs) found in the 2009 CACREP Standards. The CACREP core standards and the program specific standards serve as the foundation for what is taught within the program. Furthermore, students are evaluated on each of these standards throughout the course of the program. This evaluation process is outlined in the student assessment policies section of this handbook. A PDF of the specific standards can be found here.


Eight Core Counseling Standards:

Professional Identity & Ethical Practice studies that provide an understanding of all of the aspects of professional functioning
Social and Cultural Diversity studies that provide an understanding of the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society.
Human Growth & Development studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels and in multicultural contexts.
Career Development studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors
Helping Relationships studies that provide an understanding of the counseling process in a multicultural society
Group Work     studies that provide both theoretical and experiential understandings of group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society.
Assessment studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society.
Research & Program Evaluation studies that provide an understanding of research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation.