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Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Action Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs
Comment Period Ends 7/1/2015
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6/7/15  11:34 pm
Commenter: Nick B, LAC/Addiction correction

Reply to comments about efficacy of one standard

When Ms Susan Branco says the following, it echos a common mindset on the side of CACREP approval:

 Other credible mental health bodies, namely Social Workers, Psychologists, and Marriage and Family Therapists, operate under one accredidation system, hence facilitating an efficient manner for license portability and accountability. Professional counseling must move into this type of system in order to increase credibility, its educational standards, streamline license portability, and most importantly, to continue to provide excellent services to clients. 


In response I want to point out and please note carefully, that the comparison of those other professions have huge differences in contrast to ours, which fully debunk the logic of the above.  The main difference in this argument, is that while the writer eludes to those professions moving to one standard in the same way "we're" (paraphrased) trying to move, when in actuality, it is that they moved to "one accredidation" for education in their infancy prior to the conception of more than one solid educational standard, let alone several significant, credible standards, as we have seen available in the/our counseling profession.  While also commonly called a "young" profession for counselors, we are NOT in infancy stage.  We've developed several options since the several decades of our professional roles.  We should focus on closing the door on those half dozen, as none of those other professions would shut the door on 70% of their workers.  There is no fair comparison.  We stand alone as the only helping profession that would ever commit systematic governing assault on the well-being of their own workers.  They/we (our leaders) missed the boat, terribly, the leaders need to realize this, and give up to the fact that there are several options to consider for education.  The leaders need to realize it's too late to do this "one standard."  Our profession made a grave mistake to not have done this singular standard long ago when it could be feasibly and safely enacted.  We can't turn our backs on credible, real Americans in several positive roles in society, to just be thrown to the side.

Our profession could easily offer enhancements to post graduate credentialing that would ensure more uniformity.  Our leaders make the excuse that state's or agencies don't want to cooperate, but I don't see anyone really trying hard enough to find a fair minimum, creative group of standards for which uniformity and non-damaging grouping of qualified educational standards could exist.  This would also create competition for building skills that are unique to counselors so to actually enhance our identity as a profession, rather than to fit the mold of a weak singular standard just because it seems logical, like what other professions do, which is group think, or pluralistic ignorance according to social theory ( I see someone else doing it therefore it's smart to do, even though we are in different scenarios ).  We don't have to sever people's lives at the hip.  It's a joke to even imagine it's appropriate to go that direction.  


This is a creative master's level profession and we need to treat it as such rather than have autocratic governors with educational doctorates tell everyone what to do when they don't live in reality.

- Nick ( corrective edit I could not make on prior post, I have licenses in 2 states not 3 )

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