Montreat College announced this week that its Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) program has received accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

“This is a significant validation of the quality of Montreat College’s CMHC program,” said Dr. Greg Kerr, vice president and dean of the college. “And I want to express my appreciation to the faculty who led this effort, especially Dr. Brad Faircloth, Dr. John-Nelson Pope, Dr. Noreal Armstrong and Dr. Penny Hamblin.”

Montreat College’s CMHC program is a master’s program that prepares candidates to become competent counselor practitioners who are life-long learners, critical thinkers, agents of social justice in their communities and spokespersons for transformation, reconciliation and renewal in their spheres of influence, all within the conceptual framework of the counselor as advocate, leader and collaborator. The CMHC degree program is offered at Montreat College’s campuses in Asheville, Charlotte and Morganton.

CACREP is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). The vision of CACREP is to provide leadership and to promote excellence in professional preparation through the accreditation of counseling and related educational programs. As an accrediting body, CACREP is committed to the development of standards and procedures that reflect the needs of a dynamic, diverse and complex society.