In short — a plentiful supply of qualified counselors for the benefit of the general public, access for all state licensed counselors with diagnostic privileges to private insurance panels and government insurance programs, such as MEDICARE and TRICARE, and nondiscriminatory treatment for the careers of the many well-trained professional counselors.
We believe that state licensure is the recognized mechanism that safeguards the consumer; and it is unwise to undermine the ability of states to influence licensure requirements based on the knowledge of local conditions.
To advocate for more than one route to national accreditation be available to training programs.
To stop CACREP-only state licensing requirements and “alternative” state licensing provisions that are so close to CACREP standards as to be practically unattainable. State board paths to licensure should should ideally not mention CACREP by name, and at the very least should have meaningful paths to attainment for candidates from CACREP-unaffiliated graduate programs.
To counter the unsubstantiated perception that counselors who did no graduate from CACREP programs are unprepared or less safe than CACREP counselors.
To allow for a diversity of high quality faculty, coming from different professional backgrounds, who are united in the core values of the counseling profession.
To maintain access to jobs, governmental programs (like TRICARE and later MEDICARE), and private insurance panels based upon state licensure.
To advocate for fair and reasonable grandfathering provisions, if needed, to allow mental health counselors to continue their good work with clients and contribution to our society.
Please download here the recommendations letter that LCPCM presented to ACA executive leadership on 2/21/14.
We would also like for our professional associations — such as ACA, AMHCA, and others — to start actively working for the needs of all counselors. ACA has recently made a statement of support in Counseling Today in favor of all counselors, but then directed counselors to deliver any concerns individually to CACREP. While a step in the right direction, ACA needs to assume a more active role to insure all its members are treated fairly.