Our program offers a unique and challenging 60+ credit master’s degree in clinical rehabilitation and mental health with concentrations in working with persons with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. The program is fully accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Graduates of the program are eligible for national professional certification as Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and can receive their North Carolina state credentials for Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC). Our program is ranked #9 in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.
***CACREP Accreditation Update Fall 2021
To all current and prospective applicants for the Fall of 2022:
Please be advised that UNC’s Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (CRMH) program is currently dually accredited through CACREP in the specialty program areas of Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling through October 2023. Current applicants who enter the program full-time in Fall 2022 would typically graduate in May 2024. As it currently stands, however, the dual accreditation expires in October 2023 and incoming students would not graduate from a CACREP accredited program. Therefore, we have requested a 1-year extension of our dual accreditation for the combined CRMH program so that incoming students in Fall 2022 would still graduate from a CACREP accredited program.
We anticipate receiving a decision on this extension from CACREP in March 2022, well before the program start date. Hopefully, we will be approved for the extension, but if for some reason it is not approved, there is a chance that the scheduled timeframe for completing the degree curriculum may shift to allow incoming students to complete the degree by the October 2023 accreditation end date. The worst outcome, which we are actively trying to avoid, is that Fall 2022 incoming students may graduate from a non-accredited program. Given this current standing, we will likely not be able to admit part-time students, and may not be able to allow admission deferrals for those who are accepted to the program for Fall 2022 but need to defer for a year.
Please know we have been working hard on the extension and re-application process and should know CACREP’s decision well before the Fall semester. We want to be as transparent as possible for anyone who may be affected by the current accreditation standing, as you are making decisions about where to apply and attend graduate school.
For future applicants, please be advised that CACREP is no longer accrediting dual specialty programs. We are currently in the process of applying for re-accreditation to offer two degree options, where prospective students will apply to enter either a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program or a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. If approved, this change will be in effect for prospective students applying to enter the program in Fall 2023.
We will post any updates to this website when available. Please feel free to email email@example.com with any questions.
The Division of Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling was formerly known as Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology.