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Doctoral program reaccredited

The doctoral program in counseling psychology at New Mexico State University has been reaccredited by the American Psychological Association for the maximum period of seven years.

Michael Waldo, head of the counseling and educational psychology department in NMSU's College of Education, said accreditation is based on national standards of excellence.

An APA team conducted a site visit at NMSU last spring, Waldo said. In a letter announcing reaccreditation, the APA praised the program's integration of theory, research and practice; training methods; faculty mentors; and integration of diversity issues into the curriculum.

The doctoral program has been directed by associate professor Peggy Kaczmarek for 10 years. In 1995 it initially recieved a three-year accreditation. Now, accreditation has been extended for seven years, "the highest number of years the association awards programs," Kaczmarek said.

Twenty-five NMSU students currently are seeking doctor of philosophy degrees in counseling psychology. Graduates typically work as counselors in private practice, at hospitals and university counseling centers, and as professors and researchers, Waldo said.

To get certain internships and jobs, students must be from accredited programs, Kaczmarek said.

Accreditation of the NMSU program is "a powerful statement about the quality of the program resulting from the hard work of Dr. Kaczmarek, the department's faculty and students, and the university as a whole, including the library and the NMSU Counseling Center," Waldo said.