CALDWELL, N.J. – On July 31, the Caldwell University Mental Health Counseling/Art Therapy graduate program celebrated the receiving of accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. This makes Caldwell University the site of the first CACREP-accredited art therapy program in the nation.
“It was a very rigorous application, so receiving this ensures the quality of our program,” said Marie Wilson, Ph.D., ATR-BC, ATCS, ACS, LPC, coordinator of the university’s art therapy programs and professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling. Accreditation also provides graduates “portability to move to just about any state in the nation and work as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) as well as an art therapist.”
This was the final program to receive CACREP approval in all of the programs offered by the university’s Psychology and Counseling Department. The Master of Arts in School Counseling and the Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling had previously received the accreditation.
Caldwell remains the first and only institution in New Jersey to offer graduate-level training in art therapy and one of the few programs in the region that prepares students to be dually credentialed as both a counselor and an art therapist. The program is approved by the American Art Therapy Association, meets educational requirements for registration and practice as an art therapist and is approved by the New Jersey Professional Counselor Examiners Committee. It also meets educational requirements to become a licensed professional counselor in New Jersey.