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Saturday, March 7 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Restorative Justice in Accreditation: An Alternative for Accrediting Programs in Master’s Level Counseling Programs

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Current literature (e.g., Jackson & Scheel, 2012) has called for paradigm shifts on multiple ecological levels to incorporate restorative justice into psychology training at the master’s level. Specifically, training programs that currently train master’s level practitioners must begin to metabolize the spirit of restorative justice through various ways of shifting curricula, program philosophies, and learning outcome goals to support counseling and psychology training for master’s-level clinicians in becoming more inclusive of collaboration, multiple perspectives, and navigating intersecting identities. Further, the psychology literature also calls for a change in how accrediting bodies that accredit master’s-level programs begin to place sociocultural and justice issues at the center of their standards in order to accredit programs that have these issues as a central part of their program. This proposed paper presentation addresses the above calls from the psychology literature by introducing as well as discussing the progress of the Master’s in Counseling Accreditation Committee (MCAC), the counseling accrediting arm of MPCAC (Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) since its introduction to AWP members at the AWP conference in 2011. MCAC’s Standards of Accreditation directly exemplify the AWP 2015 theme of Restorative Justice and the areas of personal and collective accountability, bolstering feminism in academia, and global reconciliation through collaboration. The presentation has two attendee-centered goals: (a) introducing and discussing the progress of MCAC as an alternative accreditation process at the master’s level; and (b) addressing how MCAC’s master’s level accreditation standards exemplify feminism through program philosophy, evaluation of master’s level training, and principles of doing social justice work. The authors, both current site visitors for MCAC and former members of the MCAC board, will be able to answer attendee questions about the accreditation process and help individuals to understand the value of program accreditation at the master’s level using alternative formats.

Saturday March 7, 2015 3:45pm - 5:00pm