School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Education are Reaccredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
ATLANTA, GA (March 24, 2023) – The master's Counseling programs in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Education have been reaffirmed by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for another 4 years, ending October 31, 2027. The Council voted to reaffirm the programs’ accreditation earlier this year.
According to Dr. J. Fidel Turner, Jr., Dean and Professor of Counseling, the Department of Counselor Education’s CACREP accreditation recognizes that the programs maintain high performance, integrity, and quality.
“It is a vote of confidence in the caliber of the Counseling programs for our graduates and the communities, families and children they serve,” he said. “It ensures excellence and is evident that our Counseling programs meet and/or exceed the highest level of practice in the field—which allows us to be competitive with other Counselor Education programs across the nation and internationally.”
About the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
Since 1981, CACREP has served as the premier accrediting organization of the Counseling profession. CACREP’s mission is to promote the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners which is accomplished, in part, through the development of preparation standards. The CACREP standards were developed and have been maintained by professional counselor educators and practitioners. The standards represent the Counseling profession’s minimum knowledge and skill areas required to enter the profession. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a quality assurance provider, CACREP is a national partner in public protection. \
Congratulations to the faculty and staff of the Department of Counselor Education and the dedicated members of the CACREP Self-Study-Interim Report Writing Committee for a job well done!
Dr. Crystal Giddings, Department Chair, Associate Professor & CACREP Liaison
Dr. Leonissa Johnson, Associate Professor & Executive Director-HBCU CARES
Dr. Omar Wray, Visiting Assistant Professor of Counseling
Dr. Chassity Todd, Assistant Professor of Counseling
Ms. Denise Barnes, Staff Assistant
Dr. Daniel Teodorescu, Associate Dean for Academic Programs & Accreditation and Professor of Educational Leadership
Dr. J. Fidel Turner, Jr., Dean and Professor of Counseling
About Clark Atlanta University: Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869). Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African American tradition and focused on the future. Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement, CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson, American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (“Lift Every Voice and Sing" - The Black National Anthem"); Ralph David Abernathy, Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4; Kenya Barris, American award-winning television and movie producer; Kenny Leon, Tony Award-winning Broadway Director; Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning Television Personality and Journalist; Brandon Thompson, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion for NASCAR; Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the Recording Academy. To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu.