Accreditation & Outcomes

Joseph R. George

Joseph R. George ‘06, M.A., LPC
Counselor, Walworth Barbour American International School, Israel

Orma Smith

Orma Smith ‘08, M.A., LPC, SCL
Consultant/Owner, Orma Smith Consulting 

Michelle Marshbanks

Michelle Marshbanks ‘16, M.A., LPC CAADC
Clinical Supervisor, Meridian Health Services

Rusmira Bektas

Rusmira Bektas ‘17, M.A., LPC
Director, Substance Use Unit, Harbor Oaks Hospital

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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.  University of Detroit Mercy's Counseling programs are fully reaccredited through 2024.

Counseling Program Outcomes

A maximum of 56 students are typically 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 Detroit Mercy's Master's programs in Counseling is six months post-graduation.   

2020-21 Outcomes

From August, 2020 to August, 2021, nine (9) Counseling students graduated from the University of Detroit Mercy with a Master of Arts degree.  Eight of the eight (100%) who pursued employment upon graduation, secured employment immediately. One (n = 1) graduate did not choose to immediately pursue employment. It should be noted that all eight of the graduates were offered employment by their internship organization.  As of September, 2021, none of the graduates had yet taken the National Counselor Exam. Of the nine students who completed the first two semesters of the Counseling program, all nine (n = 9) went on to successfully complete the Master's degree resulting in a 100% program completion rate.  


WARY and CUSP Fellowships Work to Expand the Behavioral Health Workforce!

By January, 2018, 92% 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 provided 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 was part of a national initiative funded by the Health Services and Resources Administration. For more information, click on WARY Fellowship. In 2017, the Detroit Mercy Counseling program was awarded another 4 year federal grant to implement the CUSP Fellowship program, continuing to provide enhanced training to Counseling students to specialize with the most vulnerable populations.  The CUSP Fellowship program is the second iteration of the federally funded grant program, further expanding from the WARY Fellowship to focus not only on adolescents at highest risk but individuals at greatest risk throughout the lifespan.  The CUSP Fellowship will continue through 2021.    

2016-2019 Counseling Program Outcomes & Modification Report

Please see the 2016-19 comprehensive report on Counseling program outcomes and modifications resulting from the assessment data.

2016-19 Counseling Program Outcomes and Modifications Report [PDF]