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Accreditation by the American Psychological Association
Sue C. Jacobs & Jeffrey J. Klibert
Counseling psychology training programs in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico may be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and, if they are, must indicate so in their published materials. APA accreditation is a designation that publicly indicates that the accredited program, through a voluntary self-study and an external review, meets certain expected standards of quality and engages in ongoing evaluation and enhancement. The process of accreditation protects the interests of counseling psychology students and the general public through improving the quality of teaching, learning, research, and professional practice. Only graduate programs in professional psychology (counseling, clinical, or school psychology) at the doctoral level are accredited by the APA, not master's or specialist's level programs. Doctoral programs in counselor education are also not accredited by the APA; they may instead be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The APA, which has ...