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Feb. 15, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU Counseling Center earns IACS accreditation

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The Slippery Rock University Student Counseling Center has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services Inc., an Alexandria, Va.-based accrediting organization.

The IACS serves as the accrediting agency for U.S., Canadian and Australian counseling agencies.

The five-year accreditation is the first earned by SRU, said Carol Holland, associate professor and director of the center.

“We knew we wanted accreditation, so we set about making sure we would meet all of the IACS standards. We prepared the required self-study and our five-year evaluation, then last September a field visitor came to campus and met with staff, students and others on campus to evaluate our program. We are very pleased to have earned this accreditation,” she said.

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 students, the agency reported.

Approval by IACS is also dependent on evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance, Holland said

The SRU center offers individual counseling, assessment, crisis intervention and emergency services, referral services, educational and outreach activities as well as consultation services.

“It is a university counseling center serving university students,” Holland said.

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.

IACS accreditation is open to universities and four-year colleges that offer counseling services.

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.