Fall 2019 CACREP Connection

Council for Accreditation and Counseling

CEO’s Report


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Greetings CACREP Community,

I trust that the new academic year is settling into a routine for you. I wish you well in achieving the goals you’ve set for yourselves this year and strength and wisdom in navigating challenges that come your way.

I want to take this opportunity to share some quick highlights of wha’s been going on at CACREP this year:

  • The number of accredited programs continues to grow which means the number of site visits have grown in tandem (averaging 30 per semester). We are in need of more volunteers willing to be trained to go out on site visits;
  • Through an accreditation processes strategic visioning meeting the Board and Staff are engaged in focused planning around 1) Systems and Processes for Accreditation, 2) Work and Structures for Board and Staff, and 3) Leadership and Scope;
  • The Standards Revision Committee 2023 has been appointed and will begin their work this Fall;
  • IRCEP will celebrate its 10th Anniversary at the ACES Presidential Reception held at the ACES national conference this October in Seattle;
  • With the 2016 Standards requirement for all programs to be at 60 credits. CACREP is presenting at an ACES Webinar on October 25th entitled The Journey to 60: School Counselor Education Programs Transitioning. While the focus is on school counselor education programs, the principles and strategies shared by the faculty who made the transition will be applicable to programs in any of the specializations transitioning to the 60 credit requirement; and
  • We first occupied our current offices 10 years ago when we were a staff of four. We are now a staff of nine and will be moving to new offices early in the next calendar year which will include space for a training room to allow for the possibility of diverse professional development opportunities.

If you want to hear more details or have questions, CACREP will at the two counselor educators conferences this Fall: ACES in Seattle, WA October 10-13 and NCRE in Arlington, VA October 31-November 2. I look forward to seeing you at these conferences


M. Sylvia Fernandez, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS, NCSC

President and CEO

Fall 2019

read_more IN THIS ISSUE…

CEO’s Report

Events at ACES

New Guiding Statement for Bridge Programs

New Assistant Directors Join CACREP Staff

The 2023 Standards Revision Committee

Plymouth State University Conducts Interdisciplinary Trauma Exercise


The CACREP Board met in Alexandria, VA July 11-13 to make accreditation decisions.


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Events at ACES

  • CACREP Table Talk/Standards Revision Session
    Thursday, October 10, 12:00-1:20 PM PT, ACES Conference Seattle, WA
  • IRCEP 10th Anniversary Celebration
    Friday, October 11 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM PT Presidential Reception, Grand Ballroom, ACES Conference Seattle, WA
  • Supporting Quality Counsellor Education Globally (Roundtable)hursday, October 10, 2:30 -3:20 PM PT, ACES Conference Seattle, WA
  • International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs: The First 10 Years and What’s NextSunday, October 13, 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM PT, ACES Conference Seattle, WA

To see more information on all CACREP sessions at the 2019 ACES Conference click here.


New Guiding Statement for Bridge Programs

CACREP has developed a new Guiding Statement for programs who allow undergraduate students to take counseling courses prior to completing the bachelor’s degree. Read the Guiding Statement here.

New Assistant Directors Join CACREP Staff

photo of India Kea photo of Shanell Massenburg

In early Summer, CACREP hired two new Assistant Directors.

India Kea is a Washington, DC native with a background in Business Management and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. When she is not cuddling with her dog, Lady, you can find her working on her latest photography project, checking out a new restaurant or napping in a comforter cocoon.

Shanell Massenburg joined CACREP as an Assistant Director of Accreditation in June 2019. During her short tenure with CACREP, she has had opportunities to learn new information, meet exciting new people, and work with an exceptional team. Before joining CACREP, Shanell worked as an administrator in financial aid at a local university. While working in the exciting world of numbers, she earned her masters degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs. Outside of work, she loves to travel, spend time with family, shop, and read a good book.

The 2023 Standards Revision Committee has been chosen

The 2023 Standards Revision Committee will begin work at their first meeting in September 2023. Find out who they are here.


Plymouth State University Conducts Interdisciplinary Trauma Exercise

photo of Emily Benton works to provide comfort to an injured Standardized Patient

CACREP is a member of the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative, which promotes interdisciplinary training in the health professions. The following is an example of a training event that brought together several departments at Plymouth State University. To read more about the exercise click here.