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ACA: The American Counseling Association is the world's largest association for counseling. It was developed to provide support systems for professionals with similar needs. Increasing acceptance of the counseling profession has lead to the establishment of more jobs, better wages, and greater recognition of our value to society. Membership provides access to professional identity, development, and support.
ACA has 56 chartered branches in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America. There are 19 chartered divisions within the American Counseling Association. These divisions provide leadership, resources and information unique to specialized areas and/or principles of counseling.
CACREP: The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the accrediting body of the American Counseling Association (ACA), was incorporated in 1981. Its purpose is to work with institutions offering graduate-level programs in this field so that they might achieve accreditation status. CACREP offers professional recognition, access to Licensure and certification, and portability of credits.
NBCC: The National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), an independent, not-for-profit organization, was incorporated in 1982 to establish and monitor a national certification system, to identify for professionals and the public those counselors who have voluntarily sought and obtained certification and to maintain a register of those counselors.
***Graduates of the Counselor Education Program at SUNY Plattsburgh are eligible to sit for the National Counselor Exam (NCE). Passage of the NCE is a requirement for recognition as a National Certified of Counselor (NCE). Counselor certification is overseen by NBCC.
If you would like more information about counselor education at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact:
Dr. Julia Davis, Chairperson
Office: Ward Hall 106A
Phone: (518) 564-4179