School of Psychology & Counseling

Online Licensure - Track Master's Program Gains CACREP Accreditation

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Now CACREP Accredited

Regent University School of Psychology & Counseling is pleased to announce that the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has extended the school’s existing accreditation of the professional counseling programs offered at Regent to include the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program. This means the first graduates of the program, anticipated later this year, will be graduates of a CACREP program.

Launched in 2009, the CMHC program is an innovative, online counseling program modeled after our existing masters-level counseling program and designed to help students satisfy the licensure requirements for professional counseling and school counseling. The program includes three intensive residencies where students are closely guided by faculty in the development of their counseling skills, and the remainder of the coursework is delivered online. Now in its third year, the program currently enrolls 110 students from 26 different states, the District of Columbia, Spain, Bermuda, and Singapore.

The school’s Dean, Dr. William Hathaway, notes “this recognition by CACREP signals the careful development of our newest program wherein we closely aligned our curricular requirements with the professional standards required by CACREP. Combined with the online delivery of the program, deliberate and detailed face-to-face residencies, and our unique approach to Christian integration, we are now the only school to offer face-to-face and on-line masters  training and an on-line Ph.D., all recognized by CACREP, and I congratulate the faculty for their significant work to reach this important milestone for our students.”

Other online programs offered by the school include a Doctoral Program in Counselor Education & Supervision (also CACREP accredited) and a Master’s Program in Human Services Counseling. Programs offered on the Virginia Beach Campus include a Master of Arts in Counseling (CACREP accredited) and an APA accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program admits students in cohorts beginning each Fall. For more information about this program, please contact the Office of Admissions at 800-681-5906 or

Full CACREP Accreditation Statement

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Regent University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The accreditation runs through March 31, 2016. (Note: The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The Regent University Counseling Department intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines).

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