The Avila University Master of Science program in Counseling Psychology received accreditation through 2028 from the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC), a leading authority on counseling and psychological practices that promote the public good.
“Avila’s master’s program in counseling psychology continues to demonstrate and teach culturally and ethically sensitive practices, qualities that the MPCAC assesses and judges programs upon,” said Heather Noble, Ph.D., Director of the MS-Counseling Psychology program and assistant professor of psychology. “Through cutting-edge training and education endorsed by the MPCAC, we are ensuring that Avila students continue to be well prepared to become licensed providers of mental health services.”
Through a rigorous accreditation process, the MPCAC judges programs via detailed self-study, site visits and detailed reporting. These clearly defined standards and competencies provide an added value to academic programs, which benefit from the peer review feedback obtained through the process.
Avila’s program is especially suited for MPCAC accreditation due to the latter organization’s emphasis on culturally responsible education in the service of the public good. The 10-year accreditation period means that program graduates will continue to be sought after thanks to their training for the delivery of mental health services in a variety of settings.
“With a 40-year history, the graduate counseling psychology program at Avila has a legacy of successful alumni who exit having met licensing board standards for professional counselors in Missouri and Kansas,” Noble said. “Through classroom discussions, modeling techniques, on-site practicum and internship programs, we ready our students for engaging face to face, in-person contact with clients.”