BEGINNING YOUR SEARCH
There are many ways to go about searching for graduate counseling programs, some of which may be more fruitful than others. Many times people learn about counseling programs from friends, family, or acquaintances who may have attended a particular program themselves or know of someone who is enrolled in/graduated from the program. Or an undergraduate professor may have recommended a counseling program for you look into. Some students may select programs based on what is located close by and what graduates from the program say about their experiences. Learning about programs this way may be helpful in terms of gathering information from others’ personal experiences and perceptions. However, you shouldn’t limit yourself to these human resources (excuse the pun).
Where Do I Start?
A logical approach to search for graduate counseling programs would be to obtain and examine a comprehensive list of programs that exist and pare it down from there. A couple of places to begin:
- • CACREP’s Directory of Accredited Programs: http://www.cacrep.org/ directory/. This interactive directory introduces you to accredited counseling programs by state, specialty area, and other characteristics that we will address in this chapter.
- • State counseling licensure board websites. Some state boards have a list of programs they approve. This may not be available in all states, but it’s a good starting point if you are thinking about becoming a licensed professional counselor after graduation.