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March 1, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Counseling Center earns re-accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University's Student Counseling Center has been re-accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Inc.

The Alexandria, Va.-based organization is the accrediting agency for U.S., Canadian and Australian counseling programs.

The SRU program was evaluated by IACS against its standards of counseling practice and was "found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele," according to a letter granting the re-accreditation sent to Carol Holland, director of the SRU center.

"Approval by IACS is also dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance," the letter said.

"The SRU Counseling Center provides counseling to SRU students through the developmental, social adjustment, academic preparedness and psychological challenges and opportunities they face during their decisive college years," Holland said. "We work to make sure our center is in compliance with IACS standards, and we are pleased to have earned its approval."

"We are certainly proud that the International Association of Counseling Services has examined our program and found it in compliance with their standards. It is always rewarding to have an outside agency examine your program and find it meeting, or exceeding, current standards. I congratulate the staff on its hard work and for their continuing efforts on behalf of ours students," said Constance Foley, SRU vice president for student life.

The IACS was established in 1972 to encourage and aid counseling agencies to meet high professional standards through peer evaluation and to inform the public about counseling services that are competent and reliable.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.