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Call for Nominations: Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy

Call for Nominations

The Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy is awarded on an annual basis. CACREP is calling for nominations of individuals to be considered for the 2018 award. Nominees may include but are not limited to counselor educators, students, practitioners, organization leaders, counseling licensure board members, state or federal government officials, and other relevant stakeholders that embody the spirit of the Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy.

To nominate someone for CACREP’s Martin Ritchie Award for Excellence in Advocacy, submit a completed nomination form along with all supporting materials to [email protected]. Nominations must be submitted no later than May 28, 2018. Only one nominee will be chosen to receive the 2018 award. The award decision will be made at the July CACREP Board Meeting and the recipient will be officially honored at an appropriate professional venue (e.g., Association for Counselor Education & Supervision national or regional conference).

CACREP Endorses AMHCA-NBCC-AASCB-ACES Portability Statement

In April of 2017, the American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA), the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB), and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) released a joint statement proposing a National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process.  This statement was developed through the work of a Portability Task Force created by these organizations to work towards a, “safe, clear, reasonable portability process for all current and future counselors” (www.amhca.org/portability2017).

In its July 2017 Board of Directors meeting, the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) board voted to publicly endorse this statement.  CACREP has supported previous efforts undertaken by different professional associations and has participated in efforts to help create an agreed-upon standard of education and experience leading to a national standard for professional counselor licensure.  In 2013, the CACREP Board adopted a position statement on licensure portability for professional counselors, and in 2015, the board endorsed the portability standards proposed by ACES, AMHCA, and NBCC.

The CACREP board continues to be encouraged by these efforts to promote licensure portability, and is further encouraged by the involvement of AASCB in these efforts.  For these reasons, the CACREP Board of Directors endorses the portability statement below, and is committed to helping all professional association partners continue to create pathways towards parity in licensure based on demonstrated quality in training and experience.

National Counselor Licensure Endorsement Process

Any counselor licensed at the highest level of licensure for independent practice available in his or her state may obtain licensure in any other state or territory of the United States if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. The licensee has engaged in ethical practice, with no disciplinary sanctions, for at least 5 years from the date of application for licensure endorsement.
  2. The licensee has possessed the highest level of counselor licensure for independent practice for at least 3 years from the date of application for licensure endorsement.
  3. The licensee has completed a jurisprudence or equivalent exam if required by the state regulatory body.
  4. The licensee complies with ONE of the following:
    • Meets all academic, exam, and post-graduate supervised experience standards as adopted by the state counseling licensure board.
    • Holds the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, in good standing, as issued by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC).
    • Holds a graduate-level degree from a program accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

ACTE Joins The Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations

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ACTE Joins The Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations

For immediate release – October 10, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations, a collaborative group of national organizations representing school counselors and college access professionals, is proud to welcome to its membership, the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE.) Founded in 1926, ACTE is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers. ACTE’s mission is to provide educational leadership in developing a competitive workforce, and its broad membership of CTE professionals includes school counselors and guidance and career development professionals.

“Ensuring students are aware of and have access to a wide range of postsecondary options is imperative,” said ACTE Deputy Executive Director Steve DeWitt. “The council and its members are dedicated to helping every student obtain the information and resources necessary to fulfill his or her full potential, and ACTE is proud to join this dedicated group of organizations in achieving this mission.”

ACTE joins existing council members American Counseling Association (ACA); ACT; American School Counselor Association (ASCA); College Advising Corps (CAC); The College Board; Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP); National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC); National College Access Network (NCAN); and The Southern Regional Education Board’s Go Alliance (SREB).

Together, the council’s member organizations represent almost 20 million professionals, students and families and believe in the right of every student to have access to counseling and advisement for postsecondary (career and college) preparation, access and success. The council provides a comprehensive multi-organizational, multi-institutional asset map of competencies, knowledge/skillset requirements and resources on its website, schoolcounselingcollegeaccess.org. Additionally, the council identifies other concrete priorities including advocacy, research, and communication to policymakers and administrators on behalf of counseling and advising professionals.

About the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations:
Ten national organizations representing school counselors and college access professionals comprise the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations. The goal of the Council is to support every student in the United States with college and career preparation, access and success. schoolcounselingcollegeaccess.org