July 3, 2007
For immediate release
The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School re-accredited by the American Psychological Association
The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School, has been fully re-accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) through 2013. Accreditation is intended to protect the interests of students, benefit the public, and improve the quality of teaching, learning, research, and professional practice. Through its domains and standards, the accrediting body is expected to encourage institutional freedom, ongoing improvement of educational institutions and training programs, sound educational experimentation, and constructive innovation.
According to the APA, “Accreditation is both a status and a process. As a status, accreditation provides public notification that an institution or program meets standards of quality set forth by an accrediting agency. As a process, accreditation reflects the fact that in achieving recognition by the accrediting agency, the institution or program is committed to self-study and external review by one’s peers in seeking not only to meet standards but to continuously seek ways in which to enhance the quality of education and training provided.”
Chair of the Department Dr. Michael Furlong says, “APA accreditation is the premier indictor of high-quality training in applied psychology. We are one of only two departments nationally to be accredited for training in counseling, clinical, and school psychology. Our unique training program is made possible through the commitment of the faculty and staff and the incredibly talented students who come to UCSB.”
The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology adheres to a scientist-practitioner training model; therefore, heavy emphasis is placed on developing academic, research, and practitioner knowledge and skills. The organizing themes that integrate the identity of the department are (a) the values of human diversity and individual differences (b) health and development across the lifespan, and (c) ecological (e.g., family, school, societal) influences on human behavior.
[Michael Furlong is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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