We are writing to report on some hopeful news!
Recently several hundred professional counselors took time out of their busy schedules to write letters in opposition to proposed regulations to change Virginia licensing to a CACREP-Only affair:
Around 300 comments and letters, overwhelming in opposition, were posted. Please take a moment to look through the sound reasoning as well as strong passions raised against the CACREP-Only movement.
These Virginia regulatory changes were/are largely championed by Dr. Gerald Lawson – a faculty member at a Virginia program, current President of ACA division ACES, and no doubt one of the ACA Governing Council members partly responsible for the new CACREP-Only ACA official positions on licensing.
ACA FAQ on Licensure:
At the Virginia Board of Counseling meeting on 09/11/15 a resolution to adopt CACREP-Only regulatory language was averted at least temporarily!
In the words of one person present at the meeting:
“The VA. licensure board had a very lively spirited debate with a packed audience on the CACREP-only regulation. Vote to advance to next step FAILED on a 6 to 6 vote. It will be back on agenda Nov 13 at 10:00.”
We can only imagine what a normally dry administrative meeting must be like when 300+ comments are posted and the room is packed with counselors concerned about the issue!
According to reports and to the draft meeting minutes (linked to above), the resolution to advance the CACREP-Only regulations was voted on and the Board deadlocked 6 to 6. At that point a move was made to put the issue back on the agenda for November.
We have not won this battle yet and Virginia may very well go CACREP-Only in the near future. What we have shown is that showing up and being heard COUNTS. We’ve also shown that even in a CACREP stronghold like Virginia, half of the Board had enough reservations to vote NO. Half of the Board members voted NO despite a letter sent in support of the resolution from ACA.
It is possible to turn around the CACREP-Only movement and reinstate a vision of professional counseling that is inclusive and kind and has high standards. We can do this.