ACA Commits to CACREP-Only

The ACA governing council has officially committed to CACREP and only CACREP all the way.  ACA is also going to send Virginia a letter of support for their proposed new CACREP-only licensing regulations.

The only good news here is support for grandfathering thru 2020 and (somehow) trying to keep those of us grandfathered as treated equally into the future.  Nonetheless this is a direct threat to dozens and dozens of fine master’s level counseling psychology graduate programs, and so is not really acceptable.

ACA Governing Council Meeting

July 20-21, 2015


It was moved by P. Francis and seconded by T. Mitchell to approve the recommendations of the Awards Committee regarding the ACA Fellows Award program. Motion passed.

It was moved by K. Butler and seconded by G. Lawson for the Governing Council to endorse the Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies. Motion passed.

It was moved by G. Lawson and seconded by P. Francis that to unify the professional identity of counselors, ACA endorses supports and advocates for graduation from a Counselor Education program accredited by CACREP/CORE as the pathway to licensure for independent practice.  Motion passed.

It was moved by S. Haberstroh and seconded by T. Mitchell that ACA, in all advocacy efforts related to licensure for independent practice, endorse licensed professional counselors (including comparable state counseling licenses), licensed on or before July 2020, as qualified independent practitioners with the same professional privileges and practice options as graduates from CACREP and CORE programs. Motion passes.

It was moved by G. Lawson and seconded by P. Francis that ACA shall, within its current legislative advocacy structure, endorse and will advocate for:

Standards that require graduation from a counselor preparation program accredited by CACREP or an approved affiliate of CACREP (e.g. CORE).

Students must demonstrate sufficient preparation in addressing clinical issues in order to be eligible for licensure for independent practice. In addition to concentration on Mental Health, psychological, and human development, this preparation shall include both coursework and practice in assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and clinical interventions for individuals with serious mental illnesses and/or serious emotional disturbances. Students must complete a practicum of at least 100 hours and an internship of at least 600 hours. Graduates from programs accredited by CACREP or an approved affiliate of CACREP (e.g. CORE) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, Marriage Couple and Family Counseling, or Addictions Counseling are assumed to have met these clinical preparation requirements. Graduates of other CACREP or CORE tracks will need to demonstrate that they have met the clinical coursework requirements.

ACA will support and advocate for a liberal grandparenting period of seven (7) years after the adoption of this language in state regulations, whereby individuals who graduated from regionally accredited programs can still achieve licensure and regionally accredited program have sufficient time to pursue accreditation from CACREP or an approved affiliate of CACREP (e.g. CORE).

This advocacy will be included in the ACA Governmental Affairs Agenda as soon as is practicable.

Motion passed.