Interpretation of Standard 3.A
The CACREP staff has fielded a lot of questions regarding Standard 3.A, which states the following:
Students are covered by individual professional counseling liability insurance policies while enrolled in practicum and internship.
The CACREP Board has interpreted this Standard to mean that, barring state regulations contrary to such requirements, students must have their own separate policy, usually available at low cost through students’ membership in counseling organizations.
Change in Glossary Definition
A revised definition of Professional Counseling Organizations was adopted at the January meeting. The new definition is,
organizations whose primary mission is to advocate for and to provide development, support, and/or recognition for professional counselors across the counselor education specialties. For use within the CACREP Standards, it is expected that, at a minimum, programs will provide documentation regarding memberships and active participation in the American Counseling Association (ACA) and its divisions and/or branches and other major counseling organizations such as Chi Sigma Iota (CSI), the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC), the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) and the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE).
New Assistant Director Joins CACREP
Jamie Pak joined the CACREP staff on February 3 as the newest Assistant Director. Jamie received her M.A. in Counseling from Colorado Christian University in December 2016. She relocated back to the DC area and worked as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor until coming to CACREP. She is looking forward to getting to know her programs.
New Board Members
CACREP will welcome three new Board members on July 1, 2018.
Amy Milsom joins us as a Counselor Educator. Amy teaches at Clemson University and has been an active CACREP Team Visitor and Standards Revision Committee Member.
Barbara Morcos joins us a Practitioner Member. Barbra is a School Counselor in New Jersey and teaches as an adjunct at Kean University.
Karl Gauby was elected as a Public Member. Karl holds both a Ph.D. and J.D., and works in Regulatory Affairs for another specialized accreditor.
Faculty RFP Announced
CACREP is soliciting research proposals from counselor educators and researchers that examine the impact and/or utility of CACREP accreditation. 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 June 4, 2018.)
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As an outgrowth of the strong relationship between CSI and CACREP, the two organizations have co-sponsored the CSI and CACREP Leadership Essay Contest for the past four years. The purpose of the Leadership Essay Contest is to enhance the counseling profession through recognizing excellence in our field.Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International (CSI) and CACREP have a strong history of mutual support and cooperation. The Society’s membership and leadership have specifically included in the CSI Bylaws a requirement that counselor education programs must be CACREP-accredited to be approved to charter a new CSI chapter or reactivate a chapter. In the CACREP Directory of Programs, the CSI logo is displayed on the “Detail” page of CACREP-accredited counselor education programs that have an active CSI chapter.
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