Programs Denied a Site Visit Upon Application for Initial Accreditation

The following applicant program was denied a site visit upon application for initial accreditation. Consistent with Section 602.26(d) of the criteria for recognition of the Commission on Accreditation's (CoA) accrediting activities by the U.S. Secretary of Education, the following statement summarizes the reasons for the CoA's decision. The program will remain on this list for one (1) calendar year after the effective date of the denial and also appear in the 2014 listing of Accredited Internship and Postdoctoral Programs for Training in Psychology published in the American Psychologist.

Community Services Institute, Inc.
1695 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Application Received: April 2, 2012
Denial of a Site Visit
Effective Dec. 17, 2013

CoA statement regarding decision to deny a site visit to the internship program at Community Services Institute, Inc. in Springfield, MA and Boston, MA:

During its meeting of November 14, 2013, an appeal panel of the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) upheld the CoA's decision of April 4-7, 2013 to deny a site visit to the internship program at the Community Services Institute, Inc. The program was deemed to be not fully consistent with the Guidelines and Principles of Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology (G&P). In particular, the CoA in reviewing the program's self-study did not believe that it was consistent with several requirements in the following areas: Domain B: Program Philosophy, Objectives, and Curriculum Plan; Domain C: Program Resources; Domain D: Cultural and Individual Differences and Diversity; Domain F: Program Self-Assessment and Quality Enhancement; and the impact of these issues across the domains of the G&P.