Accreditation Status and Program Outcomes
The master's degree programs in Community 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 2007, the University of Detroit Mercy's Counseling programs were awarded full, 8-year accreditation, the highest mark awarded by the accrediting body. Until recently, CACREP did not have accreditation standards for Addiction Counseling, and as a result, accreditation for the University of Detroit Mercy Addiction Counseling program could not be sought. However, in 2009, accreditation standards for Addiction Counseling were finally promulgated. In addition, new standards were promulgated for Clinical Mental Health Counseling which will replace the former Community Counseling program. In 2016, the Counseling program completed the accreditation and reaccreditation process for its Addiction Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School Counseling programs.
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.
From August, 2015 to May, 2016, nine (9) Counseling students graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy. While all nine students were awarded Master’s degrees, in terms of specialty areas, three (3) graduated from the School Counseling program, two (2) 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.
Seven of the nine graduates participated in follow up (78%). The one Community Counseling graduate who participated in follow-up was hired and employed by her internship organization immediately upon graduation and has received the LLPC. Of the three Addiction Counseling graduates who participated in follow up, all three were hired immediately upon graduation---two by the organization where they had completed their internship and the third at another organization. Of the three School Counseling graduates who participated in follow-up, all three (100%) have passed the state examination for school counselor certification, one was hired immediately upon graduation by the school district where she completed her internship, one was hired immediately upon graduation by another school district, and one is currently awaiting a hiring decision for a school counselor that would begin in Fall, 2016. It is particularly noteworthy that all nine (100%) of the graduates who participated in the follow up and who pursued employment in counseling, attained employment as counselors or were awaiting a final hiring decision (one school counselor). More significantly, eight of the nine participants (89%) were hired within one week of graduation---far sooner than the target of six months post-graduation.
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, see: http://liberalarts.udmercy.edu/programs/depts/cas/wary_fellowship/index.htm
2015 Counseling Program Outcomes & Modification Report
Please see the 2015 comprehensive report on Counseling program outcomes and modifications resulting from the assessment data.