Quality of Master’s Education: A Concern for Counseling Psychology?

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In this article, the authors discuss the historical context and controversies regarding licensure and accreditation for master's and doctoral programs in counseling psychology. They propose recommendations on integrating master’s programs with doctoral training programs to better service students’ needs and to remain competitive with other mental health disciplines.

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  • Review the controversies associated with accreditation at the master's and doctoral levels for counseling psychology. 
  • Describe the goals and benefits of the Master's in Psychology Accreditation Council and the Master's in Counseling Accreditation Council (MPAC and MCAC).
  • Recognize the role of advocacy with state licensing boards in effecting change.
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Margo A. Jackson, PhD, is an associate professor, Graduate School of Education, Division of Psychological and Educational Services, Fordham University, New York.

Michael J. Scheel, PhD, is an associate professor, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Neb.


Division 17This Continuing Education program is in partnership with the Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology).

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