ACTION ALERT The
second draft of the 2016 CACREP Standards
is now available to the public for comments
Response deadline: January 10, 2014
As you know, what makes our association distinct among the other
counseling organizations is the predominance of clinical practitioners
among AMHCA's membership. Consequently, when CACREP addresses changes in
the training standards for clinical mental health counselors, AMHCA, as
an organization, offers a response. However, beyond the formal AMHCA
organizational response, our members' and other stakeholders' individual
opinions also carry significant weight and their voices need to be heard.
After all, who better to offer an opinion about training standards than
active clinical practitioners?
AMHCA's CACREP Committee is asking that those AMHCA clinical mental
health counselors and AMHCA members that hold faculty positions in
clinical mental health programs, wishing to contribute to the development
of the new CACREP training standards do so by January 10, 2014,
the deadline set by CACREP. You'll find links to download the AMHCA
CACREP Committee's detailed response below. We encourage you to use it as
a guide when you respond.
You'll note that the formal response offered by AMHCA's CACREP Committee
was limited to the Clinical
Mental Health Counseling Standards - Feedback Survey. Feel free to
cut and paste any or all of the response offered by the AMHCA CACREP
Committee, personalize the AMHCA response with examples from your
clinical practice, or respond in your own words. What the AMHCA CACREP
Committee feels is most important is that our members, with years of
practical clinical experience, add their weight into this public comment
opportunity. Again, who better to offer an opinion about training
standards than active clinical practitioners?
The process of submitting a contribution is relatively easy. You begin by
going to CACREP's
feedback website. As mentioned on their website, "CACREP
suggests reading two documents in their entirety prior to beginning any
feedback survey." The first document is A
Guide to Reviewing Draft 2, which offers an overview of the major
changes made to the Standards. The second is a copy of Draft 2 of the 2016 CACREP Standards. Preceding each survey
you will be asked to provide some basic demographic information. Then,
read the standard, or group of standards, and indicate in the text box
provided if you believe the standard(s) should be revised. Note that each
text box has a 500 word limit.
If you have any questions about the feedback process or experience any
technical problems on the CACREP website, please contact the CACREP
office at firstname.lastname@example.org. If
you have any questions about AMHCA organizational response, please
contact the AMHCA CACREP Committee Chair, Keith Mobley at email@example.com.
you for your membership and support of the American Mental Health
Counselors Association, the ONLY organization working exclusively for
the clinical mental health counseling profession. www.amhca.orgNot a member? Join