August 25, 2016 – It was recently brought to the attention of Bryan College that an article published recently by the college might have contained misleading or unintentionally inaccurate statements. We apologize for the inconvenience of the inaccuracies contained within the original publication. The official news release published by Richmont Graduate University may be read on Richmont’s website. More information about CACREP can be found at www.cacrep.org. Below are clarifications to the statements made within Bryan College’s original article.
· The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) is a graduate-level counseling program accrediting agency. The Richmont Graduate University Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate program is the specific program that received CACREP accreditation. The Psychology program at Bryan College was not part of the accreditation review and is not included in the CACREP accreditation status.
· The Marriage and Family Therapy and any additional programs offered by Richmont Graduate University are separate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, and were not included in the CACREP review process. The Marriage and Family Therapy and School Counseling programs are not included in the CACREP accreditation.
· The article indicated that the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program prepares students to meet professional standards set by the psychology profession. CACREP Standards are representative of the counseling profession, not the psychology profession.
· The article misstated CACREP’s retroactive recognition policy. The terms of the policy for retroactive recognition of program graduates applies to graduates of Richmont Graduate University’s CACREP accredited version of Clinical Mental Health Counseling program going back 18 months from accreditation; specifically to January 7, 2015.
· The article mistakenly stated that graduates will earn a “CACREP-certified degree.” Accreditation and certification are different processes overseen by different agencies. Certification generally applies to individuals, whereas accreditation applies to academic programs. CACREP accreditation does not provide or include certification of any kind to graduates.
Written by Britney Wyatt, director of marketing