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Press Release for Monday, August 4, 2014

UNF Counseling Center Granted International IACS Accreditation

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida Counseling Center has been reaccredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS), Inc., a Virginia-based organization of the United States, Canadian and Australian counseling agencies.

The UNF Counseling Center was evaluated by IACS against high standards of counseling practice and was found to offer competent and reliable professional services to its clientele. Approval by IACS is also dependent upon evidence of continuing professional development, as well as demonstration of excellence of counseling performance.

“IACS accreditation is the standard which all university counseling centers measure themselves by and highlights the importance of good mental health to the whole community,” said Dr. Andrew King, UNF Counseling Center director.

First accredited in 1981, the UNF Counseling Center provides mental health services to the university community, including assessment and referral, individual, group counseling and crisis intervention to currently enrolled students, as well as consultation and outreach services to faculty, staff, parents and students.

IACS was established in 1972 to encourage and aid counseling agencies to meet high professional standards through peer evaluation and to inform the public about counseling services that are competent and reliable.

IACS is a voluntary evaluative process involving a written self study and the adherence to established standards of practice. These standards are articulated by the IACS Board of Accreditation, the members of which are directors of counseling services located throughout the United States and internationally. IACS is the only accreditation association that accredits counseling services on university and college campuses.

UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.