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CACREP/CORE Affiliation FAQs

1) Does every CORE-accredited program have to become accredited under the new Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling standards?

No, only programs that wish to pursue CLRC accreditation should submit the appropriate paperwork to do so.

2) Will CORE continue to accredit 48 credit hour rehabilitation counseling programs?

Yes, CORE will continue to maintain the rehabilitation counseling accreditation for programs that wish to maintain their current accreditation status.

3) Will students who graduate from a CORE accredited 48 credit hour rehabilitation counseling program, be able to get licensed as counselors in their state?

The affiliation agreement between CORE and CACREP does not change counselor licensure laws. A graduate’s eligibility to become licensed in a particular state is no different today than it was in June before the agreement. CORE and CACREP encourage all counselors to exercise due diligence and stay current on the counselor licensure laws in any state for which they may be interested in seeking licensure.

4) Will the CORE CACREP affiliation agreement change the requirements for rehabilitation counselors for the state agency?

No, definitions for qualified personnel are determined by federal and state legislation and are not affected by the affiliation agreement.

5) Will graduates of the CLRC program be eligible to sit for the CRC exam?  Likewise, will they be eligible to sit for the NCE?

CRCC is currently in the process of reviewing the CLRC standards and will make a determination when the review is completed regarding the eligibility of graduates to sit for the CRC examination.   Graduates, however, will be eligible to sit for the NCE examination, since the CLCR program will hold dual accreditation as a CACREP Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

6) Will CORE accredited programs be able to maintain CLRC and regular rehabilitation counseling program standards?

Programs that apply for conversion to become accredited as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program through the CACREP-CORE affiliation agreement will maintain their traditional Rehabilitation Counseling accreditation through the accreditation cycle.

7) Have CORE and CACREP merged?

No, the two organizations have entered into an affiliation agreement as described in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).   The affiliation allows both organizations to maintain their independent corporate statuses, while they work toward unification of their accreditation activities.

8) Are CORE-accredited programs required to inform both CORE and CACREP of their intent to pursue the conversion process to CLRC?

Programs must submit a letter of intent to CORE no later than December 2, 2013.  There is no need to contact CACREP at this time, since CORE will be handling the first steps of conversion.

9) Can I have a 48 credit hour rehabilitation counseling program and a 60 credit hour Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program at my university?

Yes, programs pursuing CLRC accreditation for their 60 credit hour degree programs may also have a 48 credit hour Rehabilitation Counseling  (RC) program; however, when two programs are offered, the programs  must be clearly differented in terms  of the areas of practice for which they are preparing students.  The 48 hour RC program will  prepare its graduates for  traditional vocational rehabitation practice and the 60 hour CLRC program will prepare graduates for clinical rehabilitation counseling practice and state licensure.

10) If a student recently graduated from an accredited Rehabilitation Counseling program, will that student be grandfathered in as a clinical rehabilitation counselor?

No, accreditation organizations do not have the authority to retroactively grandfather programs that were not accredited under the Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling accreditation standards at the time of the student’s graduation.

11) What if a program cannot meet the February 28th 2014 deadline for submitting application to be reviewed under the conversion process?

Programs will have 3 opportunities to submit their program for the conversion process. The two dates after February 28, 2014 are September 30th 2014 for the January 2015 decision and February 28th 2015 for the July 2015 decision.

12) What if a program is not eligible for the conversion process, but wants to work towards becoming accredited as a CLRC program?

CORE and CACREP are working on phase 2 of the process whereby programs may submit a self-study and undergo an accreditation process that consists of a dual site visit. The requirements for phase 2 will be released sometime in late spring 2014.

13) Will the CORE CACREP affiliation agreement impact the ability of a rehabilitation counselor who graduated from a CORE accredited 48 hour degree program to work for the VA and TRICARE?

No, these graduates are not currently eligible to practice mental health counseling for the VA or TRICARE and the affiliation agreement does not change the situation. However, these graduates are still eligible to practice for the VA VR&E. These eligibility requirements have not been impacted by this decision.

14) Why did CORE and CACREP enter into an affiliation agreement?

Following the VA and TRICARE decisions, both the CACREP and CORE boards began monitoring the needs of programs they accredit, particularly those that are preparing students for rehabilitation and mental health practice. Both the CORE and CACREP boards directed leadership in spring 2013 to work toward developing a relationship between the two organizations that would protect and benefit students in rehabilitation counseling programs who were legitimately preparing counselors to work as independent mental health counseling practitioners.  CORE and CACREP are both committed to educating individuals about the importance of including all appropriately prepared counselors to be recognized in counselor licensure laws, regardless of area of specialization.

15) Where do I submit my application and self-study to be reviewed under the conversion process for Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling?

You will submit your application and self-study to the CORE office. The application will be reviewed by both CORE and CACREP according to the procedures outlined in the conversion policy.

16)  What are the fees for undergoing a conversion review?

The conversion fee is $1500.   This fee should be made payable to CORE and remitted when the application for conversion is submitted to the CORE office.  CORE and CACREP have agreed to split all fees equally between the two agencies.

17)  Do programs planning to apply for review under the conversion process have to have the word “clinical” in their title?

It is recommended that titles be used to clearly convey the clinical focus of the program.  Since programs seeking to convert are applying for the dual accreditation as both a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, it is recommended that a dual title be considered that will allow both the public and the federal agencies who may require the program accreditation to be under CACREP’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling Standards.  Such a title might look like “Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling.”

18)  If an institution already offers a CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program either in a different department (or college) or the same department, can the CORE-accredited Rehabilitation Counseling program apply for conversion and become dually accredited as a Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling program and a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program?

Yes.   CACREP and CORE recognize that this may affect the current infrastructure of where the programs are housed in the future and that it may create some institutional support issues; however, it is possible for two programs within the same or different departments to both hold CACREP accreditation as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, as long as both programs can demonstrate meeting the CACREP standards.

19) Will faculty who have taught in CORE accredited programs meet CACREP’s core faculty requirements in terms of professional identity?

Faculty in currently accredited Rehabilitation Counseling programs will be eligible under CACREP’s grandparenting provision for to be considered core faculty in CACREP accredited programs if they 1) hold a doctoral degree from a counselor education program or a closely related profession, 2) are employed full-time within the program, 3) can demonstrate relevant preparation and experience in rehabilitation counseling, and 4) engage in activities relevant to the counseling profession, including holding appropriate memberships and certifications pertinent to rehabilitation counseling.   In addition, graduates of doctoral level rehabilitation counselor education programs who graduate prior to January 1, 2018 will be eligible to serve as core faculty in CACREP accredited programs for life, including programs dually accredited by CORE and CACREP.