September 17, 2008
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Jennifer Tanner
Communications Specialist

VSU's Counseling Center Receives Re-accreditation

VALDOSTA - Earlier this September, Valdosta State University's counseling center became one of only four centers in the University System of Georgia to receive full accreditation from the International Association of Counseling Services.

The IACS was established since 1972 in order to inform the public about counseling services that are competent and reliable. The organization gave its approval based on evidence of continuing professional development as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance.

The counseling center provides therapy to students experiencing personal or psychological tribulations that necessitate professional attention, teaches learning skills that will contribute to their short and long-term goals, and fosters a campus environment that contributes to healthy growth and development of students.

In order to be eligible for accreditation, a counseling service must excel in individual and group counseling and therapy services to students experiencing ongoing or situational psychological or behavioral problems. They must also have crisis intervention and emergency coverage, programs focused on developmental needs to students relating to academics, and consult members of the university to maintain a balanced community for students. Research and evaluation of services along with training, professional development and a full staff are also pertinent.

Counseling Center Director Dr. Vic Morgan said he feels a great sense of pride and accomplishment to be named one of only four centers in the University System of Georgia to receive full accreditation.

"The accreditation is important to us because it enhances our credibility, status, and reputation on campus and in the University community," Morgan said. "It helps us to advocate for additional staff, resources, and facilities, as well as, improving our relationship with the administration while communicating our needs and accomplishments."

Call the counseling center at (229) 333-5940 for more information.