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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

Open Position: CACREP President and CEO

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) welcomes applications and nominations for President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). CACREP is well-regarded as the gold standard for accreditation in the counseling and counselor education profession. Dr. Carol Bobby, CACREP’s long-standing President and CEO, retired in June 2017. The next CEO will have an opportunity to build on the organization’s sold foundation and develop a sustainable, expansive future for CACREP within a dynamic environment of national and international licensure and regulatory requirements.

CACREP has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm to help with this recruitment. Confidential inquires, nominations, and referrals should be sent via Isaacson, Miller. For more information please check out the invitation to apply and the full profile.

Rehabilitation Counseling Standards Adopted

On July 1, 2017, leaders from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) completed their merger, bringing to a close the multi-year alignment process for the two counseling accrediting bodies.

At their July 13-15 meeting, the CACREP Board of Directors adopted the newly revised Rehabilitation Counseling Standards as the eighth entry-level specialty in the 2016 CACREP Standards. Applications to accredit programs under these standards will be accepted beginning June 1, 2018. The revised 2016 Standards can be seen here.

The CACREP Board also accepted the CORE Board’s recommendation that Rehabilitation Counseling programs be given a period of 5 years from the effective date of the merger to meet the new 60 hour degree requirement. This means any student entering a CACREP-accredited Rehabilitation Counseling program after July 2022 must complete a 60 semester hour degree program. This parallels the 5 year time period that other counseling specialty areas were given to meet the 60 hour requirement adopted in the 2016 CACREP Standards.

As part of the merger agreement and in recognition of the important historical and developmental role that CORE Standards have played within the counseling profession, the CACREP Board of Directors also formally adopted all previous sets of Rehabilitation Counseling Standards published and used by CORE.

The 2016 CACREP Standards and policy document can be found at Resources for Applying for CACREP Accreditation.

CACREP would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the Rehabilitation Counseling programs, faculty, and students who are now a part of CACREP.

Board Openings Beginning 2018

CACREP will be selecting three new Board members for five year terms beginning July 1, 2018.  A Counselor Educator, a Practitioner, and a Public Member position will be filled.  The application deadline for Practitioner and Public Member has been extended to October 31, 2017. The deadline for a Counselor Educator remains October 13, 2017. For more details see:

CACREP Board Counselor Educator Member Position Opening 2018 Applicants for the Counselor Educator position must be employed full time and their primary work role is as a faculty member in a counselor education academic setting.

CACREP Board Practitioner Member Position Opening 2018 Applicants for the Practitioner position must have their primary employment be in a counseling setting outside of an academic  teaching position.

CACREP Board Public Member Position Opening 2018 Applicants for the public member position must not be a current or former member of the counseling profession.

CACREP Response Letter to JCD Articles

The CACREP Board developed a formal response with regard to the recent articles published in the July 2016 (vol. 94, #3) edition of the Journal of Counseling & Development. This letter was developed and written during the CACREP Board meeting last week following an in depth discussion.

The CACREP Board believes that dialog on difficult social issues is an important professional responsibility; however, in these articles a number of institutions that offer CACREP programs were publically listed and CACREP’s accreditation process was called into question with no formal request for clarifying information from CACREP.  The CACREP Board felt a response on behalf of all CACREP programs and the process that they have completed was necessary.