“The Commission on the Accreditation of Programs in Applied and Clinical Sociology (CAPACS) seeks to develop, promote, and support quality sociological education and practice through the accreditation of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in sociological practice (applied sociology, clinical sociology, engaged public sociology, translational sociology, and forensic sociology). It establishes standards for such programs, accredits programs that demonstrate that they meet these standards, and monitors accredited programs to ensure that they continue to meet the standards.
CAPACS was established in 1995 as a joint initiative of the Society for Applied Sociology (SAS) and the Sociological Practice Association (SPA). Its purpose is to develop, promote, and support quality sociological education and practice through the accreditation of programs in sociological practice (applied sociology, clinical sociology, engaged public sociology, translational sociology, and forensic sociology). In addition, students must have a meaningful practice experience, such as an internship. Formerly known as the Commission on Applied and Clinical Sociology (CACS), the organization changed its name in 2010 to more accurately convey its focus and work.” (Source: https://capacs.net/about_comm.shtml)
Useful CAPACS Web Pages on the CAPACS Website
Below are useful links to relevant web pages on the CAPACS website featuring the Commission’s resources, documents, and programs.
- The Commission’s welcome letter to international programs can be accessed on CAPACS International Programs web page at: https://capacs.net/int_prog.shtml. International Programs can use the Contact CAPACS web form at: https://capacs.net/contact.shtml to directly inquire about CAPACS accreditation.
- The Commission’s informational resources, including the CAPACS accreditation slideshow, CAPACS ad, CAPACS tri-fold brochure, and CAPACS article on “Accreditation” (SAGE and ERES), can be accessed by scrolling-down the Commissioner’s Corner web page on the CAPACS website at: https://capacs.net/news/resources.shtml
- The Commission’s accreditation documents, including Application Form, Annual Report Form, Accreditation Policies and Procedures, Bachelor’s/Master’s/Doctoral level Standards and Self Study Guidelines, Review Process Manual, and Bylaws, can be accessed on the CAPACS Documents web page at: https://capacs.net/documents.shtml.
- Lists of the Commission’s undergraduate and graduate accredited programs can be accessed on the CAPACS Accredited Programs: Undergraduate web page at: https://capacs.net/accr_undergrad.shtml, and the CAPACS Accredited Programs: Graduate web page at: https://capacs.net/accr_grad.shtml, on the CAPACS website.
- Testimonials from program students and alumni can be accessed on the CAPACS website at: https://capacs.net/testimonials.shtml. Notable program accomplishments and recognitions can be accessed on the Gallery and Press web page on the CAPACS website at: https://capacs.net/gallery.shtml.
Everyone is invited to peruse all web pages on the CAPACS Website for additional information either at: https://capacs.net/index.shtml or https://sociologycommission.org/ (identical content).
FLEISCHER Michael, WINSTON Norma, « Accréditation », dans : Agnès Vandevelde-Rougale & Pascal Fugier (eds.), Dictionnaire de sociologie clinique. Toulouse, Érès, 2019, p. 37-40. URL: https://www.cairn.info/dictionnaire-de-sociologie-clinique–9782749257648-page-37.htm