University of Bridgeport’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program earns national accreditation

Two women having a conversation on a couch. Photo by Christina Morillo.

The University of Bridgeport’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s program has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) through March 31, 2028.

“CACREP accreditation of UB’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program is affirmation at the national level of its educational quality,” said Manyul Im, dean of College of Arts and Sciences, which oversees the program. “It means that our program has undergone careful self-assessment of its effectiveness in training mental health professionals and peer evaluation through the CACREP national organization affirms its success. Students in the program can be assured that they are being prepared to join a community of professionals who have the best training they can receive.”

CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Unlike institutional accreditors, specialized accreditors look at degree-specific programs within institutions. Counselors must meet certain levels of education and training in counseling to be certified.

UB President Laura Skandera Trombley called CACREP the gold standard of mental health counseling specialized accreditation. “Graduating from a CACREP accredited program is necessary for licensure in many states,” she said. “There is an increasing demand for mental health counselors throughout the United States, and the CACREP accreditation stamps UB as academically and professionally excellent in this area.”

For more information on UB’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, visit www.bridgeport.edu/counseling.

For more information on CACREP, visit www.cacrep.org.