CACREP Advocacy Week
CACREP Advocacy Week is a time set aside for counseling program faculty, students, and graduates to make their voices heard through engaging in advocacy efforts on behalf of their counseling programs and profession. CACREP advocates on behalf of its programs on a daily basis; yet, the voices that can truly make a difference in advocacy efforts come from you— counselors, counselor educators, and counseling students. Below is a description of CACREP Advocacy Week 2016 activities. CACREP invites faculty members, students, and graduates to TRANSFORM YOUR PROFESSION by participating in one or more of these activities to help strengthen, unify, and expand the counseling profession.
Monday February 22: TRANSFORMATIONAL ADVOCACY
Kicking off CACREP Advocacy Week, Chi Sigma Iota members will provide a presentation about Transformational Advocacy. Award recipients from the 2015-2016 Leadership Essay Contest co-sponsored by CSI and CACREP will share their insights on this topic. Counselor educators and supervisors can watch an instructional video on Transformational Advocacy to share with their classes and supervisees. After watching the video and reviewing recommended strategies from the CSI Advocacy webpage, counselors-in-training and professional counselors will be encouraged to engage in Transformational Advocacy on behalf of CACREP and the counseling profession.
Resources: Chi Sigma Iota Advocacy Resources
Tuesday February 23: SOCIAL NETWORK ADVOCACY
Promote public awareness of professional counseling through sharing information via social media. Visit websites of counseling organizations and share links to news articles, resources, infographics, or important announcements. Personalize your efforts by posting about life in a CACREP-accredited program or other current issues related to graduate level counselor preparation on Facebook, Twitter, ACA Connect, and more. Get further involved by following CACREP on Facebook and Twitter and signing up for the CACREP Connection Newsletter to get updates about student and faculty research opportunities, scholarships and grants, accreditation decisions, new programs and policies, recent publications, trends in higher education, and other important information.
Wednesday February 24: POLITICAL ADVOCACY
Transform your profession through supporting unified education requirements for counselors by writing letters to key decision and policy makers. Write a letter to your state counselor licensure board, department of education, or government representatives advocating for the adoption of standardized education requirements that include graduation from a CACREP-accredited program to assist in licensure portability for counselors.
Resource: Letter Guidelines
Thursday February 25: PROGRAM ADVOCACY
CACREP encourages faculty members, students, and graduates to examine their own counseling program and spend some time advocating for issues “close to home” within the program. Identify a need within your counseling program and develop an action plan to address the need or advocate for change. A brief list of program advocacy ideas will be provided below to help get the conversation started. Advocate further by raising campus and community awareness about the counseling profession and your program through developing brochures, flyers, or posters to advertise your accredited counseling program. Distribute brochures to undergraduate students in social science majors such as psychology, human services, or social work. Hang up flyers or posters around campus to raise awareness of your counseling program and recruit prospective students. Promote your program at campus career fairs and other events, or even by giving brief presentations to undergraduate classes. Raise awareness both on your campus and in local communities by creating brochures, flyers, or posters about counseling services that may be available through your campus counseling clinic or training lab. Spread the word about who counselors are and what they can do!
Resource: Advocacy Ideas for Programs
Friday February 26: PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY
Create a video about your advocacy efforts on behalf of the counseling profession and enter it into the Advocacy Week Video Contest. CACREP Standards require graduate counseling programs to include in their curriculum, “the role and process of the professional counselor advocating on behalf of the profession.” Thus, video entries should address the question, “As a member of a CACREP-accredited program, what is your responsibility to transform the counseling profession through advocacy, and how will you do it?” The contest is open to faculty members, students, and graduates from CACREP programs and the first place prize is a $500 AMAZON GIFT CARD. The contest will open February 1st and video submissions will be accepted through February 26, 2016.
Resources: Video Contest Rules and Entry Form
PREPARING FOR ADVOCACY WEEK
As a part of Chi Sigma Iota’s Professional Advocacy Series, CACREP will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, February 3, 2016 from 2:00-3:00PM (EST) to get counselors engaged and prepared for Advocacy Week. CEUs will be provided and registration is available through CSI (http://www.csi-net.org/?page=Webinars_Scheduled). The webinar will be free for CSI members; $39 for guests.
Please contact the CACREP office at (703) 535-5990 or [email protected] with all questions related to CACREP Advocacy Week.