National accreditation offers confidence in programming
(April 28, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.– For the first time in its history, the Counseling Center at Hobart and William Smith Colleges has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).
Given this accreditation, the HWS community can have confidence that the Counseling Center's staff, policies and services meet rigorous standards set by recognized leaders and authorities in the field of college counseling. In fact, the Center's accreditation by IACS serves a function similar to that of the Colleges' accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
The Counseling Center formally applied for accreditation in July of 2003, and a site visit occurred in January of 2004.
IACS is the primary accrediting agency for college and university counseling centers. More than 150 college and university counseling centers in the United States have IACS accreditation, as do several in Canada and Australia.
The Counseling Center provides free, confidential services for HWS students, including individual and group counseling, walk-in consultations, emergency psychological services and psycho-educational outreach programming. Also offered is psychological consultation with students and faculty, staff or parents who are concerned about a student.
The Center is led by licensed psychologist Steve Sprinkle. He holds a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Virginia. Sprinkle has a special interest in brief psychological assessment measures, and has conducted research and published scholarly articles on the Beck Depression Inventory, a widely used measure of depression.
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