Student Membership with CCA has many great benefits, including:
- Our mentoring program, to be mentored by a counselor already in the field
- Opportunities for leadership roles with our divisions, committees, and chapters—a great resume booster!
- Access to job and internship postings specifically looking for counselors
- Discounted rates to our workshops and conferences
- Opportunities to present a poster at our annual conference to receive feedback and encouragement from seasoned counselors
- Discounted student membership rate for one year post graduation
Three schools in Connecticut are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Learn more about what CACREP accreditation means for you at cacrep.org.
CACREP Accredited Programs
The Counselor Education Department at Fairfield University offers two graduate degree programs accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs:
The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (60-credit hours)
The MA in School Counseling (minimum of 48-credit hours)
The Counselor Education Department also offers two Advanced Certificate Training Programs:
Advanced Training Certificate in Spirituality and Religion in Counseling (18-credit hours)
Advanced Training Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling (18 credit-hours)
Sixth Year Professional Diploma
This program can be designed to help counselors who graduated many years ago (with 36-48 credits) to pursue the State of Connecticut Licensure (LPC) requirements. At least 30 credits beyond the master’s degree is required for the sixth year diploma. Please note that the Sixth Year Certification does not hold CACREP Accreditation.
The counselor education program includes a 48-credit School Counseling option and a 60-credit Clinical Mental Health Counseling program option, each leading to the Master of Science (M.S.) degree.
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 54-60 credits
Master of Arts in School Counseling, 54-60 credits
All programs are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and the Connecticut Board of Higher Education.
Central CT State University
The State of Connecticut’s Department of Public Health regulates Counselor licensure (LPC).
Below are links to commonly asked questions regarding the licensure process. The licensure application contains all of the necessary requirements to obtain licensure. For more details click on the link below.
Student Malpractice Insurance is available through the American Counseling Association and the American Mental Health Counselor Association at reduced rates to members.