University’s Counseling Center earns re-accreditation

Shippensburg University’s Counseling Center has earned re-accreditation for eight years from the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).

Shippensburg is one of 198 schools nationally and internationally to be accredited by IACS. It is also one of six schools accredited in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

IACS is the only nationally and internationally recognized organization that accredits university counseling centers. It was founded in 1971 and it currently accredits counseling centers in the United States, Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico and Grenada.

“Accreditation is valuable for two basic reasons: It is a public standard that fosters public confidence and the feedback provided by site visitors assists the Counseling Center to refine its delivery of services,” said Dr. Phillip Henry, director of University Counseling Center and chair of the Department of Counseling Services.

According to Henry, “Accreditation is a seal of approval that not only attests to the Counseling Center’s level of dedication to professional excellence but holds the Counseling Center accountable for making the changes necessary to maintain the approval.”

The IACS website says, accreditation is a “voluntary evaluative process involving a written self-study and the adherence to established standards of practice.”