UNI's school and clinical mental health counseling programs reaccredited

Posted on Friday, July 31st, 2015

Annette Lynch, interim director and professor, School of Applied Human Sciences, 319-273-2358,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two graduate counseling programs in the University of Northern Iowa's School of Applied Human Sciences (SAHS) were recently reaccredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The two programs – school counseling and clinical mental health counseling – were reaccredited for eight years.

Both programs have been accredited by CACREP since 1990, and the clinical mental health counseling program was the first accredited program in the nation.

"With the assistance of the faculty and graduate assistants, and the leadership and support of Dean Brenda Bass, former director of the SAHS Howard Barnes and the current interim director of SAHS Annette Lynch, we were granted eight years of accreditation, which is the maximum amount of time awarded to nationally accredited programs," said Roberto Swazo, associate professor, division chair and CACREP liaison of counseling programs at UNI. "Being a CACREP program signifies national quality and credibility in the eyes of national, regional and state licensure and certification boards."

The school's self-study process took two years. The council looked at more than 300 standards that needed to be addressed. These standards, which included a newly adopted focus on assessing and documenting student learning outcomes, will help UNI counseling students understand not only what they are learning, but also why.

For more information about UNI's counseling programs, visit For more information about the reaccreditation of the counseling programs, contact Swazo at 319-273-2675 or