|Action||Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs|
|Comment Period||Ends 7/1/2015|
I am a new counselor in training at a CACREP modeled but not approved program. Currently I am employed as a Datawarehouse Architect, and I have been in charge of implementing countless technology initiatives in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Arizona. At the moment, my goal is to become licensed in multiple states, although varying state standards make that almost impossible regardles of the amount of training, supervision, or school I attain. While I believe there needs to be a strong foundation for counselors - which is why I only pursued the degree after I was established in another career, the CACREP modeled classes I took were worse than the ones my peers were taking at other schools that had more experiential programs. While I was stuck making sure I touched on what seemed like a multitude of different topics, the amount of time I had to then explore real world counseling was exptremely limited. I feel that my education has been HURT by the CACREP standards, and that no standard is better than the CACREP standard at this point. If Virginia adpots this standard, people like me, who have been extra diligent in their studies and life experience to train them to be much better than average counselors would be excluded from licensure, and in the internet age, that would SEVERELY limit choice and competition in the Viriginia counseling marketplace. Please do not adpot the new CACREP-only exclusionary standards.