A Call to Action...
CACREP Advocacy Week is a specific week set aside for counseling faculty members and students 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 students. Below is a description of CACREP Advocacy Week activities. CACREP is asking faculty members, students, and graduates to demonstrate that YOUR VOICE MATTERS when it comes to licensure portability, protecting professional identity, and other current issues by participating in one or more of these activities.
Monday February 24: PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY
Write a letter to the American Counseling Association's Governing Council asking for their public support of CACREP in promoting one national standard for the educational requirements of the counseling profession at the state and federal level.
Tuesday February 25: SOCIAL NETWORK ADVOCACY
Start a conversation on a social network 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, the development of new programs and policies, recent publications, trends in higher education, and other important information.
Resource: Examples of Current Issues
Wednesday February 26: PROGRAM ADVOCACY
In the spirit of Advocacy Week, 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. This activity can be done by individuals, small groups, or even a large group made up of many stakeholder types; determine the approach that is most appropriate or seems most appealing. Then, 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 is provided below to help get the conversation started.
Resource: Advocacy Ideas for Programs
Thursday February 27: POLITICAL ADVOCACY
Write a letter to your state counseling 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.
Friday February 28: STUDENT ADVOCACY
What do today’s counseling students deserve when it comes to their professional preparation? Send your ideas to CACREP and help us develop an official Counseling Student Bill of Rights. Students can further participate by entering the “Why CACREP is important” video contest for a chance to win a $500 AMAZON GIFT CARD. The contest is now open and student video submissions will be accepted through February 28th, 2014.
Please contact the CACREP office at (703) 535-5990 or firstname.lastname@example.org with all questions related to CACREP Advocacy Week.