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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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6/9/15  9:13 am
Commenter: Jennifer Abate, Virginia Commonwealth University, graduate student

For CACREP requirement

It is my understanding that there is a dispute over whether professional counselors should be required to have completed a CACREP/CORE program.  There are several reasons why I advocate for the implementation of this amendment.  With this accreditation, there is a reassurance of quality in services.  It will be easier to identify the role of professional counselors and their qualifications.  The requirements of a CACREP/CORE program are more vigorous than a non accredited program, therefore it prepares students better to work in a professional counseling setting. Implementing this will not only provide better services, but the counselors who work hard to serve you will be held at a higher standard and will be noted for it

I think that this amendment should not impact anyone who is currently pursuing their professional counseling degree or who work in that setting already.  However, I do feel as though it is something that is important to implement for the future in our counseling services, both for the clients and the counselors.

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