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The Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine (MHCBM) Program at Boston University School of Medicine has educated and trained hundreds of mental health counselors with a core academic and clinical curriculum that has aligned with professional standards recommended by the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) and American Counseling Association (ACA) since its inception in 2001. In August 2014, the MHCBM Program was notified by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) that the program was granted accreditation through October 2022.  Our program was among a select few in the United States that received an eight-year accreditation after the first attempt, and is only one of nine programs in New England accredited for clinical mental health counseling.

Benefits for students who graduate from a CACREP-accredited program include the following:

  • Several states now require graduation from a CACREP-accredited program for licensure
  • Certifications and licenses are more portable and reciprocal across states
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recognizes only licensed counselors who graduated from a CACREP-accredited program as approved providers
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) will soon require graduation from a CACREP-accredited program in order for eligibility for national certification
  • American Counseling Association (ACA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) both identify CACREP as the sole accrediting body for counselor education

All programs accredited by CACREP have demonstrated that their content and quality have been evaluated and meet standards set forth by the mental health counseling profession.  Specific to curricular experiences, the MHCBM Program requires the completion of coursework across the eight core CACREP areas:

  • Professional orientation and ethical practice
  • Social and cultural diversity
  • Human growth and development
  • Career development
  • Helping relationships
  • Group work
  • Assessment
  • Research and program evaluation

The program also provides education and training in knowledge and skills/practices across the six CACREP domains unique to clinical mental health counseling:

  •  Foundations
  •  Counseling, prevention, and intervention
  •  Diversity and advocacy
  •  Assessment
  •  Research and evaluation
  •  Diagnosis