CACEP accreditation

The MA in Counselling Psychology program (project and thesis options) has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counsellor Education Programs (CACEP). 

The CACEP is a body empowered by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) to review and grant "accredited status" to counsellor education programs in Canada. The Council has outlined the required course content, practicum, and supervision experiences that counsellor education programs must provide to students in order to meet the standards of a professionally trained counsellor, as approved by the CCPA.

What does this mean for the program?

CACEP Accreditation has revised the counselling program in two respects:

  • Duration: a minimum of two years (24 months or six terms) to complete the coursework.
  • Content: once completed, your degree will conform to the required standards for CACEP Accreditation.

Who gets accredited?

Counselling programs get accredited, not individual students.

What about certification with CCPA or registration with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)?

Graduates of our program have always been eligible and qualified for certification with CCPA or registration with BCACC. Accreditation will continue to provide students with the ability to obtain both qualifications.

For details, review the CCPA Accreditation Manual.