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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.

CACREP-CORE Merger Finalized

CACREP-CORE Merger Finalized (from left to right: Frank Lane, Sylvia Fernandez, Patricia Nunez, and Carol Bobby)

This weekend, leaders from both the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) completed the final paperwork to merge the two organizations, bringing to a close the multi-year alignment process for the two counseling accrediting bodies. Effective July 1, 2017, CACREP has assumed responsibility for continuing the mission and vision of CORE through its accreditation process, which has now officially includes the review of graduate level rehabilitation counselor education programs. CACREP sends a warm welcome to all of the Rehabilitation Counseling programs, faculty, and students who are now a part of CACREP.

Dr. Carol Bobby, President and CEO of CACREP, Announces Retirement

After serving for more than 30 years as the second and longest-standing President and CEO of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP), Dr. Carol Bobby will retire June 30, 2017. Dr. Bobby’s service spans from 1987 to 2017.

During Dr. Bobby’s tenure, CACREP saw a major change in the structure of the Board of Directors from an appointed to an elected board, a staff of two that grew to nine, increases in accreditation to over 750 master’s and doctoral degree counseling programs at over 340 institutions, recognition as the sole accreditor for the Counseling profession, the addition of the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP), and the addition of the CACREP Research Initiative for Graduate Students (CRIGS) Fellowship program. Especially worthy of noting is that Dr. Bobby has served as the CEO under every CACREP Board Chair since CACREP was founded and grew CACREP’s budget from less than $50,000 to over 1.5 million dollars that is self-sustaining without any subsidy money.

Under Dr. Bobby’s leadership and stewardship, CACREP has been recognized as an accreditor since 1987 first by the Council on Postsecondary Accreditation (COPA) and now by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA); completed six sets of standards revisions which serve to ensure that counselor preparation standards continue to meet the changing demands and needs of the populations counselors serve; and achieved stature and recognition as the gold standard of the Counseling profession. Dr. Bobby’s voice has been one of the constant and steady voices that promote the Counseling profession and unity within the Counseling profession through counselor preparation standards. She has been a transformative leader.

In addition to serving as President and CEO of CACREP, Dr. Bobby has served as CSI president (1992-1993), board chair of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (1996-1998), and board chair of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education (1998- 2013). In 2008, Dr. Bobby was selected to serve on the Board of the International Network of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE), a world-wide association of 200+ organizations active in developing the theory and practice of quality assurance in higher education. In 2013, Dr. Bobby was elected to serve as the INQAAHE president. She continues to serve on the INQAAHE Board of Directors as a Past President and in this role assists in the completion of projects begun during her presidency.

During her tenure with CACREP, Dr. Bobby has traveled to over 50 countries and been an invited speaker/presenter or served as a consultant on issues related to higher education quality assurance in Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Thailand, India, Singapore, Taiwan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Swaziland, Namibia, Belgium, France, Spain, the UK, Ireland, Canada, Fiji, Estonia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Italy, Puerto Rico, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Romania, and Venezuela. In December 2014, she was honored by Thailand’s national accrediting agency when she was presented with ONESQA’s Plaque of Honour award. In March 2015, she received the C. Davenport Award for Exceptional Contributions to Specialized and Professional Accreditation in the United States, an award given by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA), the body which serves as the primary membership organization for professional accrediting organizations staff members. Dr. Bobby was the founding Vice Chair and then later Board Chair of ASPA.

The Board of Directors recognizes that Dr. Bobby’s work has been instrumental in moving CACREP into a leadership position in the Counseling profession. CACREP has benefited from Dr. Bobby’s professionalism, integrity, and rich experience. Her vast knowledge of specialized program accreditation in higher education clearly has shaped CACREP to be the “gold standard” in Counseling accreditation.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Bobby on her extraordinary time at CACREP, thanking for her for all she has done for the Counseling profession, and wishing her the very best in her retirement. She will truly be missed.

The Board of Directors has appointed Dr. Charles F. (Rick) Gressard to serve as Interim CEO & President for one year. For more information about Dr. Gressard click here. A search committee has been appointed and will be assisted by the search firm of Isaacson, Miller to immediately begin a thorough process to identify a suitable candidate to succeed Dr. Carol Bobby on July 1, 2018.

Jeffrey Parsons, Chair

CACREP 2016 Annual Report Now Available

CACREP’s 2016 Annual Report has recently been published. The report covers a variety of topics from 2016, including updates about the impending CACREP-CORE Merger as well as information about updated policies, accreditation decisions and activities, vital statistics, outreach initiatives, and much more.

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 is 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 Board Adopts New Guiding Statement on Transfer of Credits

At the January 2017 CACREP Board Meeting the following guiding statement on transfer of credits was adopted.

CACREP Publishes First Book

CACREP is excited to announce the release of its first book, A Guide to Graduate Programs in Counseling.

Written for undergraduate students and other prospective counselors, A Guide to Graduate Programs in Counseling is the first of its kind to create a comprehensive, reliable means of learning about the counseling profession, entry level preparation (i.e., master’s degrees in counseling specializations), and what to consider when searching for, applying to, and ultimately selecting a graduate program in counseling that is the “perfect fit.” The Guide offers vital information relative to accreditation and its importance in the counseling profession with regards to obtaining licensure, certification, and even employment opportunities after graduating. As a CACREP publication, this book is the official source of information about accredited counseling programs and includes information about what counseling programs seek in candidates, what  programs can offer students in terms of professional development and job placement, and guidance on personal and practical considerations for entering the counseling profession. Authored by counseling experts and featuring insights from voices in the field, A Guide to Graduate Programs in Counseling is a must-have resource for anyone interested in becoming a professional counselor.

To purchase a copy of this book please click here!

New Tools, Research Strengthen Nation’s College Advising Capacity


New resources are available to help school counselors and college access advisors assist students during the college admission process.

The Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations has launched a new website (http://schoolcounselingcollegeaccess.org/) containing tools for college advising.

The Council hopes these resources — developed by its nine member organizations — can serve as a one-stop shop for school counselors and college access advisors tasked with helping students and their families navigate the path to higher education.

“The unfortunate reality is that the professionals who work tirelessly to help students plan for postsecondary education are overwhelmed by the sheer volume of students who need support,” noted David Hawkins, executive director for educational content and policy with the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), a Council member. “In some public schools, school counselors face student-to-counselor ratios of more than 1000:1, and college access advisors working in community based organizations are similarly swamped by demand for their services.”

Also available on the site is a new research report. The study explores the extent to which school counseling graduate programs address topics and professional standards related to college access and admission. The report aims to strengthen the capacity for college advising — a key driver of access, particularly in underserved schools. Through its research examining preservice training, the Council seeks to advance the conversation about core competencies required to serve professionally in the role of school counselor or college access advisor.

Over the next year, Council members will conduct outreach and awareness activities related to the new web resource and research report. The Council will also seek input from school counselors, college advisors and counselor educators about advancing the work of professionals who assist students in the college admission process.

About the Council of National School Counseling and College Access Organizations

Nine 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. The Council currently reaches close to 20 million school counseling and college access professionals, students and families.

Since 1981, CACREP has served as the premier accrediting organization of the Counseling profession, currently accrediting over 700 graduate programs in counseling and its specialty areas at over 300 institutions in the United States and throughout the world. CACREP’s mission is to promote the professional competence of counseling and related practitioners which is accomplished, in part, through the development of preparation standards. The CACREP standards were developed and have been maintained by professional counselor educators and practitioners. The standards represent the Counseling profession’s minimum knowledge and skill areas required to enter the profession. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) as a quality assurance provider, CACREP is a national partner in public protection.

Tyler Kimbel
Vice President, Research and Advocacy & Outreach
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
(703) 535-5990

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.