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NSU CACREP Acredidation in Counseling Programs

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The students of Nova Southeastern University's Center for Psychological Studies program in Mental Health Counseling are deeply dismayed by the recent awareness that our program is not CACREP accredited. We feel as if we have been lied to by administration telling us that our program was aligned and to our surprise that term does not exist. We were additionally lied to by keeping silent and when confronted disregarding the possibilities that we can run into in the future with our degrees that are not accredited. We are additionally upset that NSU itself has less than a handful of staff who hold a Mental Health Counseling (MHC) degree, 0 of them have an NSU MHC degree and all of them have either a PsyD or PhD. This tells us that NSU does not hire staff of their own from this program leading us to believe that this program is not honorable. We understand that NSU is considering fixing part of this issue; however, for those of us who have only 1-3 years left in the program (not considering those who just graduated this month) are concerned that we will graduate before the process of accreditation is finished. We are intelligent people who have completed our research and are aware that the process takes from 12-24 months to complete. Additionally, if NSU is still in the process when we graduate we have exactly 1 year for NSU to become accredited for our degrees to be considered CACREP accredited. NSU's reputation is in jeopardy for new students enrolling in this program in the future as well as possible current students disenrolling. I urge you to please give us a direct answer with what process you will taking to begin CACREP accreditation and what date if this is your true intention. We thank you for your time.

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