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1 Keeping Up With The Counseling Profession: Current Issues on the National Level

2 David Kaplan ACA Chief Professional Officer Art Terrazas ACA Director of Government Affairs 2015 AASCB Conference

3 Overarching Issue: How do we move forward together?


5 Professionalization The social process by which any trade or occupation transforms itself into a true profession -Ashley Crossman, PhD Sociologist

6 Counseling Professionalization Benchmarks Circa 1908 - Named 1913 - First professional organization 1952 - Specialties coalesce under one association 1961 - Code of ethics

7 1971/1981 - Counselor preparation accreditation 1976 - First state licensed 1982 - Establishment of a certification body 1985 - Establishment of a national honor society

8 2009 - All 50 states and DC licensed 2010 - Consensus definition of counseling 2013 - Consensus licensure title & scope of practice 2013 - CACREP & CORE become corporate affiliates

9 Professionalization: A recent focus on counselor preparation 2010 - VA requires CACREP accreditation 2012 - TRICARE requires CACREP accreditation for independent practice

10 2012 - NJ briefly requires CACREP for licensure 2013 - CACREP requires a counselor education degree for new core faculty

11 Changes in State Laws

12 Ohio Beginning in 2018- you will need a degree from a CACREP accredited school to obtain a license in Ohio. LPCs coming in from another state will most likely have to meet additional requirements if they obtained a degree from a regionally accredited program but wish to practice in Ohio after 2018.

13 Virginia A petition was filed in 2014 with the Virginia Board of Counseling asking for a CACREP requirement to obtain licensure The petition includes a seven year grand-parenting window.

14 2014 - Virginia rule proposal to require CACREP for licensure 2018 - Ohio requires CACREP for licensure 2022 - NCC eligibility requires a CACREP degree

15 Which has lead to some consternation and panic over jobs Teaching Practicing

16 Teaching Counseling Psychologists

17 THE COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGIST VOL. 41, NO. 5, JULY 2013 Psychology & counselor education accreditation

18 Articles Quality of Master’s Education: A Concern for Counseling Psychology? Looking to the Future – The role of Master’s Programs in Counseling Psychology Integrating Master’s Education in Counseling Psychology for Quality, Viability, and Value Added Legitimizing and Reclaiming Master’s Training and Education in Counseling Psychology: An Urgent Concern

19 Contributing to the ambivalent relationship of counseling psychology to masters training… -Jackson & Scheel, p.676

20 In some situations, the master’s training programs were developed …to help fund the doctoral training program. -Palmer, p.703

21 In some cases, master’s programs help pay the bills for doctoral education…in difficult economic times, counseling psychology doctoral programs without master’s programs may be easier to cut -Jackson & Scheel, p. 687 & 688

22 To maintain CACREP accreditation when budget cuts are required, deans and other administrators…may prioritize master’s over doctoral programs since master’s training is less expensive than doctoral training. -Jackson & Scheel, p.682

23 …such developments do threaten counseling psychology programs… -Jackson & Scheel, p.682

24 The new MCAC accreditation standards may serve to promote a new direction for counseling master’s education…consistent with core values and contributions of counseling psychology -Jackson & Scheel, p. 681

25 It is questionable…whether we will be able to avert eventual professional annihilation…as a profession we are experiencing THE RECKONING -Palmer, p. 701 & 704

26 Clinician concerns Non-CACREP degree 48 credit CACREP degree Master’s degree in counseling psychology

27 Pushback

28 Alternative Counselor Education Credentialing

29 Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC)

30 MPCAC counseling programs U of Albany - mental health counseling Eastern University - clinical counseling & school counseling Felician College - counseling psychology

31 MPCAC counseling programs Lehigh University - counseling and human services U of Massachusetts - mental health counseling & school counseling

32 MPCAC counseling programs U of Missouri-Kansas City - counseling & guidance U of Wisconsin-Milwaukee - counseling

33 Advocacy Counseling psychology program coalitions Coalition of Concerned Counselors Individuals

34 How do we move forward together?


36 Federal Issues in 2015 Medicare- The fight continues TRICARE-What’s in a name? VA- Promise but a long fight still looms

37 “Grand-parenting” in three stages…

38 3 distinct groups Group 1- LPCs that have been licensed and practicing for several years under the 40 credit-hour program Group 2- LPCs that have been licensed and practicing for several years under the 60 credit-hour program Group 3- Counseling students that are in programs now and will be coming into programs in the future

39 State Laws The “laboratories of democracy” at work

40 An incongruent framework Certain state laws and/or policies prevent LPCs from being utilized as healthcare providers: – New York & diagnoses – Texas & Mental Health shortage areas – Michigan & the “Blues”

41 Rubric of professional identity State licensed or certified in counseling Uses the title “Professional Counselor” Commits to counseling ethics Commits to the 20/20 definition of counseling Views professional counseling as a distinct profession

42 How ACA can help you keep up with current national issues ACA Connect Read Counseling Today Read CT online Read ACA e-News Subscribe to the ACA blogs Visit the ACA government affairs website

43 Visit the ACA Facebook page Follow ACA on Twitter!/CounselingViews!/CounselingViews Subscribe to counseling listservs (cesnet, counsgrads, icn, etc.) Use Google alerts Ask Art or David

44 Let’s schmooze!

45 Keeping Up With The Counseling Profession: Current Issues on the National Level

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