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Accreditation Status

The master's degree programs in Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling at University of Detroit Mercy are accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the national accrediting body for graduate programs in Counseling.  In 2017, the University of Detroit Mercy's Counseling programs were reaccredited with full, 8-year reaccreditation, the highest mark awarded by the accrediting body.    

Counseling Program Outcomes

A maximum of 56 students are enrolled in the University of Detroit Mercy Counseling program with approximately twelve graduating each year.  The Counseling Program accepts a maximum of 22 students each year.  Approximately 95% of enrolled students who complete two full semesters are retained in the program and graduate within the expected time period of three years.  Our graduates consistently achieve high pass rates on licensure and state certification examinations and typically achieve employment as a counselor within 3 months of graduation.  The target employment outcome goal for graduates of UDM's Master's programs in Counseling is six months post-graduation.   

2016-2017 Outcomes

From August, 2016 to May, 2017, thirteen (13) Counseling students graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy. While all thirteen students were awarded Master’s degrees, in terms of specialty areas, five (5) graduated from the School Counseling program, four (4) graduated from the Community Counseling program, and four (4) graduated from the Addiction Counseling program.

State licensure (LLPC; LPC) is the primary credential pursued by both Community and Addiction Counseling graduates. The Counseling program at the University of Detroit Mercy meets the academic requirements for limited licensure so that graduates are prepared to pursue limited licensure (LLPC) following graduation.   Because the National Counselor Examination (NCE) is not required to obtain limited licensure in Michigan (LLPC), at the time of this reporting, none of the most recent graduates had yet taken the NCE.  Graduates are encouraged to take the NCE during their first year following post-degree completion, after they have been employed with their limited license and as they are preparing to pursue full licensure.   

Eleven of the thirteen graduates participated in follow up (85%) across all three specialty areas.  Of the eleven graduates who participated in follow-up, each were employed as counselors within three months of graduation with more than half having been hired within 30 days of completion of the internship and/or by their internship organization.  In addition, each of the five School Counseling graduates who participated in follow-up passed the state examination for school counselor certification (100%). It is particularly noteworthy that all eleven (100%) of the graduates who participated in the follow up and who pursued employment in counseling, attained employment as counselors in a far shorter time than the target goal of six months post-graduation.  It should also be noted that ten of the eleven were also WARY Fellows, and as such, were provided highly specialized training, possibly making them that much more marketable. 

WARY Works to Expand the Behavioral Health Workforce!

By January, 2016, 88% of the first year WARY Fellows were employed immediately upon graduation, surpassing the project goal of 80%.  The Working with At-Risk Youth (WARY) Fellowship program provides enhanced training to Counseling students in an effort to expand the local behavioral health workforce with clinicians specializing in the treatment of youth with complex needs.  The project is part of a national initiative funded by the Health Services and Resources Administration. For more information, click on WARY Fellowship.

2015 Counseling Program Outcomes & Modification Report

Please see the 2015 comprehensive report on Counseling program outcomes and modifications resulting from the assessment data.

2015 Counseling Program Outcomes and Modifications Report

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