Lynn University’s Counseling Center gets full IACS accreditation

It is the only private university in Florida to be accredited by the IACS

Published Aug. 15, 2012

The Lynn University Counseling Center has been accredited by the International Association of Counseling Services, Inc. (IACS), an Alexandria, Va.-based organization of United States, Canadian and Australian counseling agencies.

Lynn’s 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.

The center, serving a population of more than 2,000 students, is directed by Nicole Ovedia, LCSW. It provides a variety of mental health and substance abuse programs and services dealing with emotional, psychological, psychiatric, behavioral and social issues to promote positive mental health.

“This is an enormous accomplishment and I am happy to be part of a group of professionals who raise the bar regarding the standard of care we provide,” said Ovedia. “Our center has worked hard for this achievement.”

Lynn is among the 189 university and college counseling centers that have received accreditation from the IACS and is the only private institution accredited in Florida. Other IACS-accredited universities in Florida are University of Florida, University of North Florida, Florida International University, University of Central Florida, Florida A&M University, Florida State University, University of South Florida and Florida Gulf Coast University.

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 an international organization with centers in Australia and Canada, as well.