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DMU Applies for CACREP Accreditation

STERLING, VA — The Divine Mercy University School of Counseling officially submitted an application and self-study for accreditation of it’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program to the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) on October 4, 2021. The application process involves an extensive self-assessment with documentation and involved various members of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program team.

CACREP is a specialized accreditor for graduate level counseling programs. The agency accredits counseling programs at the masters and doctoral levels in the United States and throughout the world. CACREP is recognized as an accreditor by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The timeline from application to accreditation is typically a 12-18 month process with many steps  including a site visit by Counselor Educators from other programs. 

DMU’s School of Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares graduates to integrate a Catholic-Christian vision of the person in their professional work, to serve their communities as service-oriented facilitators of mental health and wellness with the necessary knowledge and skills, and to be compassionate and ethical in their work as trained professionals that honor and respect the innate dignity of every person in a global, diverse population.

The Divine Mercy University Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is not accredited by CACREP and cannot hold any promise or guarantee of becoming CACREP accredited. For updated progress on the CMHC program accreditation process, please visit the CACREP website and use ‘Find a Program and Applicant Programs’ https://www.cacrep.org/program/auto-draft-431/.


Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling. Founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences, the university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person, marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and a Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology. Divine Mercy University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award masters and doctorate degrees. For more information, visit https://divinemercy.edu.

Media contact at Divine Mercy University:
Natalia Almomani

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