Agencies | Governor
Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
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
Previous Comment     Next Comment     Back to List of Comments
6/16/15  11:37 am
Commenter: Daniel Kim, Graduate Student, George Mason University

Opposed to CACREP-only proposal

Through my experiences and observations, I believe CACREP's proposition to require accreditation for state licensure would greatly affect the quality of professional helpers in the field.

It seems that CACREP-only accreditation implies that non-CACREP programs are less trained and competent. However, as a graduate student at the Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University, I contribute my training and professional development to my counseling professors and faculty. In 2013, George Mason University was awarded the Outstanding Master's Degree Program in the Southern Assocation for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES). The Counseling and Development Program at George Mason University, which strongly emphasizes Multiculturalism and Social Justice, has equipped school and community agency counselors with the tools and resources to become professional helpers. However, adhering to CACREP-only standards for accreditation and state licensure would strongly limit counseling eduational programs as well as for current and future counselors not only in Virginia, but across the country.

In summary, I am strongly opposed to the proposed legislation requiring accreditation for state licensure boards.


Daniel Kim
Graduate Student, Counseling and Development Program
George Mason University.

CommentID: 40234