The approval, granted at the Board’s meeting Nov. 6-7, comes after a “thorough review process,” according to B.H. Carroll Senior Fellow Dr. Scott Floyd, who directs the Carroll’s counseling program.
“This is a significant achievement for B.H. Carroll’s counseling program. It allows us to recruit and train students from the state of Arkansas. Approval from Arkansas affirms the high standards of training within the counseling program,” Floyd said.
Those standards are also evident, he said, in the high percentage of B.H. Carroll graduates who pass the National Counselor Exam following the completion of their degrees. That number stands at 95%.
Arkansas, like Texas, requires counseling students to pass the national licensure exam after graduation if they intend to pursue counseling in a public setting outside of a Christian ministry. Once passed, the counselor is designated as a Licensed Associate Counselor in Arkansas. Another 3,000 hours of counseling are required before the intern receives full licensure in the state.
In addition to licensing counselors in the state, the ABEC also regulates the licensure of marriage and family therapists.