The Master of Arts in Counseling program at Webster University’s Geneva campus has received professional accreditation from the Swiss Association of Counseling (SGfB). Ros Thomas, associate professor and head of psychology and counseling at Webster Geneva, said the campus was notified of its accreditation in a July 2012 letter in which the SGfB praised the “high standard” of the M.A. in Counseling program.
Geneva’s counseling program previously was accredited by the Swiss National Association of Counseling (ANSCo). ANSCo dissolved itself this summer in the interest of creating a strong national counseling association under the SGfB.
Not only has the professional association accredited the Webster Geneva program; faculty and graduates of the counseling program will be accepted as SGfB members by mentioning their Webster affiliation in their applications.
Thomas said the SGfB has proposed a national examination to be administered by Switzerland’s Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology. The proposal is currently under review. Passing the national exam would result in the title “Counselor with advanced federal diploma of professional education and training” (Höhere Fachprüfung für Beratung im psychosozialen Bereich).
“The title will recognize and distinguish counselors from social workers, psychologists, and psychotherapists,” Thomas said. “Once the examination is approved, Webster will participate in translating it into English to make it possible for our graduates and faculty to take the examination so that they may have a federal qualification in Switzerland.”