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AU’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling earns accreditation from CACREP

Published on May 01, 2024
Ashland Theological Seminary

ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary is pleased to announce that its Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree has been accredited through March 31, 2030, by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The two-year, peer-reviewed accreditation process included a complete self-study of the program and the institution. The self-assessment CACREP requires of programs is focused on planning, goal setting and measurement against self-designed goals and objectives of the program, as well as the professional standards. The ultimate purpose is to improve the educational effectiveness of the program, according to the CACREP website.

“The faculty and staff of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program have worked together diligently to not only provide a strong degree, but also transform the lives of their students and the future clients,” stated Yvonne Glass, Ph.D., executive dean of Ashland Theological Seminary. “CACREP programs provide the academic excellence that prepares qualified students to be professionals. I know how well our graduates are prepared for the field of counseling, and now, others will continue to know.”

As one of eight master’s degree programs administered by the Ashland Theological Seminary, the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is offered from within a Christian worldview and strives to develop exceptional counselors with the necessary knowledge and skills to provide compassionate care to people from diverse backgrounds.

Ashland students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program have achieved an 89.6% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination. Alumni have gone to successful careers in community mental health, college counseling, trauma, addiction, private practice, hospitals and schools.

CACREP provides leadership and promotes excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. It serves to advance the counseling profession through quality and excellence in counselor education.

Ashland University is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.