Counseling Program Receives Approval

Taylor.jpgThe clinical counseling graduate degree program at Central Methodist University has received approval from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) to be modified from a multi-site program to a digital delivery program. The change will allow CMU to continue offering the program without reverting back to in-person classes.

Central was one of the first programs considered for the new format by CACREP, as part of the organization’s invitation-only digital delivery pilot program. CMU officials began requesting the official change about a year and a half ago, but have just received approval this week.

“Our faculty and instructors have been doing a phenomenal job in adapting to changes related to digital delivery to make this a smooth transition for our program,” said Dr. Jessica Taylor, program director for clinical counseling. “I am so grateful for our students’ patience as we’ve moved through this process. I am excited for the opportunities this will provide our program in meeting the need for mental health counseling services across the state.”

The approval means that CMU will be staying with its current digital delivery format for synchronous classes, namely via Zoom. With Digital Synchronous Learning, students participate in digital learning activities simultaneously in real time, and receive real-time feedback from instructors, despite being in different physical locations. Previously, students enrolled in the program participated in in-person learning at one of four statewide centers, in Columbia, Park Hills, Sedalia, and St. Louis.

With the digital delivery format approved for continued use, students from anywhere in the state will be able to apply for the program and have access to Central’s quality, CACREP-accredited counseling program. The program’s Clinical Counseling Centers will also continue to provide a virtual counseling option for its students interested in a virtual practicum.

“I am pleased that CMU is at the forefront of higher education in finding ways to provide quality synchronous graduate-level counseling to students in all parts of the state of Missouri,” said Dr. Rita Gulstad, CMU Provost. “Congratulations to the faculty for their insight and dedication to the citizens of Missouri and the profession.”

For more information on CMU’s Master of Science in Clinical Counseling (MSCC), visit the degree web page.

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