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APA Accreditation for Counseling Services

Apr 6, 2012

Counseling Services at the University of the Pacific became only the second small private non-profit University in California to be accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) for the maximum of seven years.

The accreditation is for an internship program offered to psychology doctoral candidates in the field of mental health service provision.

"It is an honor for a small school to be recognized by the APA with the maximum accreditation possible," said Dr. Stacie Turks, director of Counseling Services at Pacific. "The credit for this achievement goes to our training director, Dr. Charlene Patterson, and all of the staff."

Pacific was told Wednesday that it had earned the highest accreditation. The only other small non-profit university to currently have such an honor is University of San Diego.

Just like with medical doctors, psychologists must complete an internship before earning a doctorate in the field. According to the Commission on Accreditation, "the purpose of accreditation is to publicly recognize quality in institutions and in programs of higher education. Accreditation is intended to protect the interests of students, benefit the public, and improve the quality of teaching, learning, research and professional practice".

Pacific trains three doctoral interns annually.

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