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CACREP Announces Faculty RFP for Research on Current Issues

In recent years, CACREP has supported research that examines the various impacts of accreditation and related issues through initiating RFPs on current affairs within the counseling profession. CACREP believes empirical data is needed to support the belief that accreditation makes a significant difference in terms of quality and professional identity of counseling professionals, programs, and students. Furthermore, employers and policy makers interested in adopting education requirements related to CACREP-degrees, as well as counseling program faculty and administrators seeking financial support from their institutions to seek accreditation, often request such empirical data when developing a rationale.

CACREP is soliciting research proposals from counselor educators and researchers that examine the impact and/or utility of CACREP accreditation. Research proposals should be developed in alignment with the CACREP Research Agenda (dated 2015) and attempt to address research related to one or more areas of interest explicitly identified on the current agenda. Research proposals should employ empirically-based research methods for collecting and analyzing data from which conclusions and implications for practice can be made.

Applicant researchers can be funded up to $1,500. Full details on the faculty RFP can be found in the announcement. (Deadline to apply is December 5, 2016.)

CACREP Seeks Graduate Student Researchers

The CACREP Research Initiative for Graduate Students (CRIGS) Program is open to all masters and doctoral students currently enrolled in CACREP-accredited programs. The application deadline is November 15, 2016, see details in the CRIGS 2017 Announcement.

CSI/CACREP Joint Essay Contest

For the third year, CACREP and CSI are co-sponsoring the Leadership Essay Contest. This year’s theme focuses on “Wellness Leadership in Organizations.” The two organizations have a long history of mutual support and cooperative relationships with a dual focus on enhancing the counseling profession through recognition of excellence in our field. CSI members can enter the contest in one of two categories: Entry-Level Students and Doctoral Students/Professional Counselors/Counselor Educators. The first place winner in each category will receive $500, a one-year CSI membership renewal, and publication of the essay in the CSI Exemplar, the CACREP Connection newsletter, and csi-net.org! For more information please see the announcement. Submit your essay by November 15th at 5:00 PM EST!

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.