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February 1, 2018

Avila’s Master of Science in Counseling Psychology Program Receives Accreditation

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(February 1, 2018) KANSAS CITY, MO – Avila University has been granted accreditation from The Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) in Latham, New York through 2022. Avila is one of only two universities accredited in the state of Missouri.

“This mark of excellence provides quality assurance to students that their curriculum in counseling psychology has met national training standards,” said Dominick Scalise, Ph.D., assistant professor in Avila’s department of psychology. “We are very pleased to have attained this very important benchmark.”

There are numerous benefits of having MPCAC accreditation. For the public, accreditation protects the welfare of society by ensuring competent mental health professionals. For students and their parents, it provides assurance that the quality of the program has been evaluated and has met accepted standards established by the profession. For employers, accreditation indicates that the curriculum covers essential skills and knowledge needed for today’s mental health jobs. For graduates, accreditation ensures relevancy of the curriculum and training and enhances licensure and employment opportunities. For the profession, it advances the field by promoting standards of practice and advocating rigorous preparation. For faculty and administrators, accreditation ensures ongoing self-evaluation and continuous improvement and provides an effective system for accountability. For the school or program, accreditation shows that the program is serious about maintaining high standards of education and training.

Avila University, a Catholic University founded and inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, provides undergraduate and graduate education in the liberal arts and professional studies, preparing lifelong learners who make meaningful contributions to the global community.

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