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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 2/3/04
      HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University’s master’s degree track in marriage and family therapy has been accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), according to John Crain, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
      “We are very proud of the quality of our academic programs as evidenced by the stamp of approval that comes with accreditation such as this,” said Crain. “Southeastern’s counseling faculty are to be commended for their excellent program design.”
      The accreditation, said Brian Canfield, head of the Department of Human Development, “is particularly exciting because Louisiana has implemented licensing for marriage and family therapists.” CACREP accreditation, he said,  means that graduates of Southeastern’s program will meet all academic standards for state licensure as marriage and family counselors. They will be able to obtain the license after completing a two-year, post-degree supervised internship. 
      Canfield said Southeastern’s program was designed around a model curriculum from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and is one of only two such accredited graduate programs at Louisiana state-supported universities.
      Southeastern began offering graduate courses in the marriage and family program track last spring and will confer its first degrees in May, Canfield said.
      Southeastern also offers graduate program tracks in school, community and student affairs counseling, all of which are accredited by CACREP.