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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
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6/3/15  8:52 am
Commenter: Joseph R. Schap, LCPC, NCC

I am always pleasantly surprised when I see the diverse educational and career makeup of our elected governing bodies. I believe this adds diversity of experience, opinion, and the capacity to more accurately experience empathy for the people represented. I believe these same benefits carry into the counseling profession. Having diverse educational backgrounds (while still falling within some basic state and national standards) allows clients to select counselors who they feel would best serve them. Adopting CACREP would have the effect of creating a more "cookie cutter" approach to training counselors and would result in less diversity in the field. Can you imagine adopting not only an educational requirement of political science to become an elected official, but actually determining exactly what was to be taught? What effect so you believe this would have on our government?
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