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Competency-Based Standards for Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling

The Council for Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling (MCFC) competency-based standards refers to the organization that accredits MCFC educational master’s degree programs and the standards used to determine whether a program meets accreditation requirements. This entry provides an overview of CACREP MCFC accreditation and explains CACREP accreditation within a larger context.

A Brief History of CACREP

Accrediting bodies exist to accredit educational programs, business organizations, and even individual service providers; they serve the main purpose of quality control. Internationally, the government agency that regulates education may oversee or even administer accrediting standards. In the United States, accrediting bodies are often connected to professional associations, but they may also be independently established; they typically base accreditation standards on a ...

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