The mission of the MPCAC is to accredit academic programs that provide science-based education and training in the practice of counseling and psychological services at the master’s degree level, using both counseling and psychological principles and theories as they apply to specific populations and settings. Although programs may vary in the specific model of training and professional development utilized, commitment to science-based education is emphasized in the interest of providing services that are culturally responsive and that promote the public good.
MPCAC objectives are as follows:
- To promote master’s degree level preparation in the practice of scientifically-based, culturally responsive counseling and psychological services that promote the public interest of all people.
- To promote the integration of science and practice as a goal for practitioners working in the areas of counseling and psychological services.
- To encourage academic programs to conduct continuing review, evaluation, and improvement of their education and training, utilizing measurable outcome criteria.
- To encourage flexibility through experimentation and innovation in the design and implementation of training programs.
- To cooperate with other agencies and organizations in promoting education and training in the practice of master’s level counseling and psychological services.
- To provide accreditation for master’s degree training programs in counseling and psychological services which can be viewed by professional and regulatory bodies, as well as the public, as an indicator of quality preparation.