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ANNUAL REPORT 2018Council for Accreditation of Counselingand Related Educational Programs

This is the annual report publication of the Council for Accreditation of Counselingand Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The information in this publicationreflects events and activities from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018,unless otherwise specified.Published in May 2019Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 510 Alexandria, VA 22314Phone: (703) 535-5990 Fax: (703) 739-6209 cacrep.org

TABLE OF CONTENTSLETTER FROM THE BOARD CHAIR1CACREP LEADERSHIP2Board of DirectorsCACREP StaffCACREP Hires CEOCACREP FACTS42018 VITAL STATISTICS2018 CACREP AT A GLANCE6ACCREDITATION UPDATES8Program ReviewsPolicy Changes: 60 Credit Hour RequirementCACREP ACTIVITIES12Training and WorkshopsTransition of Rehabilitation Counseling ProgramsCRIGS PublicationsIRCEP UpdateHealth Professions Accreditors Collaborative (HPAC)FINANCIAL SUMMARY16CLOSING REMARKS FROM THE PRESIDENT AND CEO19A HEARTFELT THANK YOU TO OUR 2018 SITE TEAM MEMBERS22CACREP’S MISSION AND SCOPE23VisionMissionCore Values

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 1LETTER FROM THEBOARD CHAIRDear Friends and Colleagues,It is my honor to introduce CACREP’s Annual Report for 2018. This reportprovides both a broad demographic snapshot of CACREP-accredited programsas well as specific details around the policy changes, activities, and strategicinitiatives accomplished by the CACREP Board and staff this past year. I hopeyou find the information housed in this report as exciting as I do! The growingnumber of accredited programs across diverse institutions and settings speaksto the hard work and amount of time committed to developing and evaluatingquality counseling programs by faculty, administrators, staff, and supervisors.The information in this report highlights the continued need for unity,collaboration, and forward thinking in the counseling profession as we face newchallenges in accreditation, licensure, counselor identity, and scope of practice.As the CACREP Board Chair, I can attest to the fact that 2018 was a busy year atCACREP filled with change, growth, hard work, and a little fun thrown in for goodmeasure. Here are some important items to note:Chris HullCACREP Board Chair33 Dr. M. Sylvia Fernandez was hired as the CACREP President & CEO on July1, 2018. Sylvia has served CACREP in different ways throughout her careerand brings a wealth of clinical, educational, administrative, and leadershipexperience to the position. The CACREP Board and staff are delighted tohave such a knowledgeable, caring, and hard-working professional leadingour council. If you have not yet had the chance to meet Sylvia, I hope you getthat pleasure in the near future.33 The International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP) willcelebrate its 10th anniversary in 2019! IRCEP is the international arm ofCACREP and provides recognition to a growing number of counselloreducation programs around the globe.33 CACREP continues to join forces and collaborate with many organizationsacross a variety of initiatives. Over the past year, CACREP has engaged withleaders from ACA, AMHCA, ASPA, AASCB, CAEP, NBCC, ACES, CRCC,NCRE, and CSI just to name a few!33 CACREP continues to offer a menu of trainings and workshops across thecountry. We appreciate the work of our trainees and volunteers in writingcogent self-studies, developing comprehensive program assessment plans,and conducting professional accreditation site visits.Before you peruse the information provided in the rest of this report, I would liketo remind you of CACREP’s mission. CACREP exists to promote the professionalcompetence of counseling and related practitioners through the developmentof preparation standards, the encouragement of excellence in programdevelopment, and the accreditation of professional preparation programs.Supporting this mission requires the assistance of staff as well as the continuedcommitment to service and collaboration by the Board of Directors, site teamvisitors, team chairs, and organizational partners.I hope this report provides a sense of the support and promotion in 2018 for themission of pursuing excellence in counselor training. On behalf of the CACREPBoard and staff, I thank you for your current and continued commitment to thismission and the impact your work has on the greater counseling profession.Sincerely,Chris HullCACREP Board Chair

2 CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018CACREPLEADERSHIPBoard RosterPictured aboveleft to right/top to bottomBOARD OF DIRECTORSThe CACREP Board of Directors is composed of a minimum of 13 and amaximum of 15 members. The Board includes at least eight counseloreducators (CE), at least two counseling practitioners (CP), and at least twopublic members (PM) appointed from the public at large who are not current orformer members of the counseling profession. All directors serve for one termof 5 years each and are not eligible for reappointment. Terms begin July 1 andend June 30 of the following year.Chris Hull (CE), ChairLatrina Raddler (CP)Charles “Rip” McAdams (CE)Tyra Turner Whittaker (CE)Vilia Tarvydas (CE), Vice ChairMargaret Denton (PM)Jacqueline Smith (CE)Suzanne Dugger (CE)* Began serving on theCACREP Board in July 2018Karl Gauby* (PM)The following CACREP BoardMembers ended terms in June 2018:Robin Lee (CE)Kelly Coker (CE), Past ChairBarbara Morcos* (CP)Bethany S. Jones (PM)Sejal Parikh Foxx (CE)Kenyon Knapp (CE)Amy Milsom* (CE)Patrick Millmore (CP), Past Treasurer

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 3CACREP Leadership cont.CACREP STAFFM. Sylvia FernandezPresident and CEOKevin ConnellAssistant Director of AccreditationRobert I. UrofskyVice President, Accreditation andTrainingJamie E. PakAssistant Director of AccreditationJenny GundermanChief Operating OfficerTyler M. KimbelVice President, Research and Advocacy& OutreachJonathan CollumData and Technology Manager and SiteVisit CoordinatorDavid Moran*Assistant Director of AccreditationHeidi CampbellExecutive and Research Assistant* Employees who left CACREP in 2018Yvette Penã WalkinshawAssociate Director of AccreditationCACREP HIRES CEOIn April 2018, the CACREP Board of Directors announced the selection of Dr. M.Sylvia Fernandez as the next President and CEO. “After thorough successionplanning and a comprehensive search process, the Board is pleased to have foundthe best individual to assume leadership of this organization at a time of growthand expansion within the profession. She will have an opportunity to build on theorganization’s solid foundation and develop a sustainable, expansive future forCACREP within a dynamic environment of national and international licensure andregulatory requirements” said Dr. Kelly Coker, Board Chair (at the time).Dr. Fernandez, a counselor educator for 29 years, whose track record of strongorganizational leadership in the Counseling profession makes her uniquelyqualified to lead CACREP successfully into the future. The Board is delightedthat she’s accepted the position.M. Sylvia FernandezPresident and CEO“I’m honored by and excited for the opportunity to lead this exceptionalorganization of dedicated and talented professionals,” said Dr. Fernandez. “Ilook forward to promoting CACREP’s mission, to engage in policy and regulatoryissues related to accreditation and licensure, to nurture partnerships with othercounseling and accrediting organizations, and to work collaboratively with theBoard of Directors and Staff.”Dr. Fernandez earned a BA in Psychology, BS in English Education, MS inEducational Psychology, and PhD in Counselor Education from Southern IllinoisUniversity-Carbondale. She is credentialed as a Licensed Professional Counselorwith a Supervision Specialty License in Arkansas; a National Certified Counselorand a National Certified School Counselor by the National Board for CertifiedCounselors (NBCC); and an Approved Clinical Supervisor by The Center forCredentialing and Education (CCE). Dr. Fernandez has extensive service andleadership experience in state, national, and international counseling professionalorganizations. She has served as Chair of the Arkansas Board of Examiners inCounseling, the Board of Directors of NBCC and NBCC-International, and theCACREP Board of Directors. Dr. Fernandez’s professional and research interestsinclude multicultural issues in counseling and related disciplines, counseloreducation and credentialing, and clinical supervision. Her interests are evident inprofessional publications and in invited and refereed international, national, state,and local presentations.Dr. Fernandez began in this position July 1, 2018.

4 CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018CACREP FACTSCACREP accredited counseling programs at 405 institutions at the end of 2018.A majority of these institutions offer more than one counseling program area,or specialty area, (e.g., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling),bringing the total number of CACREP-accredited counseling programs to 871.2018 VITALSTATISTICSThe CACREP Vital Statistics Survey is an annual online survey completed byCACREP program liaisons to collect information regarding trends in accreditedcounseling programs. Last year marked the seventh year of CACREP collectingvital statistics data. A brief overview of the most recent survey data from 2018is included in this Annual Report.The 2018 Vital Statistics Survey collected program data reflecting Summer2017 through Spring 2018 from 396 institutions representing a total of 871CACREP programs. The following subsection provides selected highlights fromthe 2018 survey results regarding counseling specializations and student-leveldata regarding applications, enrollment, and graduates. Data about applicants,enrollment, graduates, and programs from the previous two years are alsoincluded to provide additional context for the most current survey results.Counseling Programs (Specialty Areas)Clinical Mental Health Counseling was the specialty area with the highestnumber of CACREP-accredited programs (n 328) in 2018, with SchoolCounseling programs having the second most (n 261). The CMHC specialtyarea has grown significantly in the past few years as Community Counselingand Mental Health Counseling programs under the 2001 Standardstransitioned into Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs under the2009 Standards, with four accredited programs remaining in each area. TheClinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialty area, new in the 2016 Standards,saw three new programs added and the doctoral Counselor Education andSupervision specialty area added eight new programs. Of special note, the2018 Vital Statistics Survey was the first survey round that collected data fromRehabilitation Counseling programs that came under CACREP accreditationas a result of the CACREP/CORE merger. With 77 programs, RehabilitationCounseling is now the third largest masters-level specialty area.

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 5Counseling Programs by the Numbers (2016–2018)CACREP Program AreaNumber of 6201820172016Addiction 2,310107212231137644930Career 1,2,35795544114212531Clinical Mental Health cal Rehabilitation 2,341-769-271-College 1114283094101926Community 1420451469773,04743360957Counselor Ed. & Supervision 1,2,38577722,9172,5612,668479379428Gerontological 1111010001Marriage, Couple, & Family 1,2,34648473,2613,2883,287848746781Mental Health 1411182607093,82378178888Rehabilitation* 377--2,973--1,011--School 1,2,326125725612,17011,09 811,19 63,4933,7123,732Student Affairs 12711851882944781128Student Affairs & College 2,3201816260280257120120107Dually-accredited ClinicalRehabilitation/Clinical MentalHealth 2,3,†2319111,111793326304217112¹Specialty area in the 2001 CACREP Standards.² Specialty area in the 2009 CACREP Standards.³ Specialty area in the 2016 CACREP Standards.* The Rehabilitation Counseling specialty area was added to the 2016 CACREP Standards per the CACREP/CORE merger.†Permitted by the 2013 CACREP/CORE Affiliation Agreement (prior to the 2015 merger signing)In terms of graduates in the past year, Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs claimed the most with7,666 graduates. The Clinical Mental Health Counseling specialty area also claimed the largest number ofcurrently enrolled students (n 29,307) in 2018, followed by School Counseling (n 12,170), Marriage, Couple, &Family Counseling (n 3,261), Rehabilitation Counseling (n 2,973), and Counselor Education and Supervision(n 2,917). Five specialty areas reported fewer than 100 students enrolled, as well as less than 100 graduates,in 2018: Career Counseling, Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling, College Counseling, GerontologicalCounseling, and Student Affairs.

6 CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018CACREP Facts cont.CACREP Students2018 CACREPA reported 2,817 full-time faculty members worked in CACREP programsduring 2018. Totals regarding the number of CACREP program applicants,current enrollment, and graduates from the past year are provided in the tablebelow along with data from 2016 and 2017 for reference. CACREP programsexperienced a slight decrease in applications from 2017 to 2018 both at themaster’s- and doctoral-level. However, both doctoral programs and masterslevel programs reported an increase in student enrollment and number ofgraduates in 2018, demonstrating CACREP’s continued growth in an expandinguniverse of counselor education programs, students, and graduates.AT AGLANCE871Total Accredited Programs53K14KTotal Student Enrollment:Total Graduates:

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 7CACREP Vital Statistics: Student Highlights (2015–2017)Program 0172016201820172016Master’s 13,11912,496Doctoral 4All CACREP ProgramsMaster’s oral 8All CACREP lications20166K20K10K060KEnrollment0Graduates2018

8 CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018ACCREDITATIONUPDATESPROGRAM REVIEWSFull ReviewsIn 2018, the CACREP Board of Directors completed full reviews of counselingprograms (i.e., academic units) at 48 institutions of higher education, representinga combined total of 105 program specialty areas. The Board reviewed 6 (12.5%)institutions’ programs under the 2009 CACREP Accreditation Standards and 42(87.5%) institutions’ programs under the 2016 CACREP Accreditation Standards.Fourteen (29.7%) of the institutions were new applicants to CACREP. The fullreviews also included applications for 4 (8.3%) institutions housing one or moreCACREP-accredited programs that sought to add counseling program specialtyareas to their current accreditation status. Of the 48 full reviews, counselingprograms at 28 (58.3%) institutions were granted accreditation for all programspecialty areas for a full eight-year cycle (or through the remainder of the currentaccreditation cycle for institutions seeking to add additional counseling programspecialty areas); counseling programs at 20 (41.7%) were granted accreditationfor a two-year period for one or more of the counseling program specialtyareas, necessitation further reporting about specific standards prior to obtainingaccreditation for the remainder of a full eight-year accreditation cycle.The 48 full reviews were representative of all five Association for CounselorEducation and Supervision (ACES) regions, with the following new applicant totals:North Atlantic – two new applicants; North Central – four new applicants; RockyMountain – one new applicant; Southern – five new applicants; and Western – twonew applicants. The new applicants, combined with the newly added counselingspecialty areas at programs already accredited by CACREP, yielded 14 newClinical Mental Health Counseling specialty areas; three new School Counselingspecialty areas, one new Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling specialty area,one new Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling specialty area, and four new doctoralCounselor Education and Supervision programs.Interim ReviewsInterim Reports are submitted by institutions with CACREP-accreditedcounseling programs to address any standards-related deficiencies citedby the CACREP Board when making a two-year accreditation decision. TheBoard reviewed 34 standard Interim Reports in 2018. Of the institutionsthat submitted an Interim report on behalf of their counseling programs,28 (82.4%) were granted accreditation for the remainder of their program’saccreditation cycle and six (17.6%) received an additional two years ofthe program’s accreditation cycle, requiring submission and subsequentreview of a second Interim Report. The CACREP Board reviewed sevenInterim Reports submitted by institutions housing Rehabilitation Counselingprograms that were accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education(CORE) prior to the merger of CORE and CACREP. These reports weresubmitted to address CORE Accreditation Standards that had been citedby CORE in reviews conducted prior to the merger. Of the institutions thatsubmitted an Interim report on behalf of their Rehabilitation Counselingprograms, four (57.1%) were granted accreditation for the remainder of theirprogram’s accreditation cycle and three (42.9%) received an additionaltwo years of the program’s accreditation cycle, requiring submission andsubsequent review of a second Interim Report.

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 9Mid-Cycle ReviewsEach institution housing a CACREP-accredited program submits a Mid-CycleReport four years into its program’s accreditation cycle to address programchanges that have occurred since the original full review for the currentaccreditation cycle. The CACREP Board reviewed at its January 2018 meeting50 Mid-Cycle Reports and nine follow-up reports for Mid-Cycle Reports onwhich it had previously tabled action. Of the Mid-Cycle Reports, the Boardaccepted 25 (50%), accepted 20 (40%) pending submission of additionalinformation, and denied acceptance of five (10%), necessitating furtherreporting by the programs. Of the follow-up reports for previously tabled MidCycle Reports, the Board accepted five (55.6%), accepted one (11.1%) pendingsubmission of additional information, and denied acceptance of three (33.3%),necessitating further reporting by the programs.The CACREP Board reviewed at its July 2018 meeting three follow-up reportsfor Mid-Cycle reports on which it had previously tabled action and eightfollow-up Mid-Cycle reports from programs that formerly had been accreditedby the Council for Rehabilitation Education (CORE), prior to the CACREP andCORE merger. Of the three follow-up reports, the Board accepted one (33.3%)and denied acceptance of two (66.7%), necessitating further reporting bythe programs. The Board accepted all eight (100%) of the follow-up reportssubmitted by the formerly CORE-accredited programs. The CACREP Boardalso reviewed five special Interim Reports, required as a result of the Board’sprior denial of acceptance of a Mid-Cycle Report. All five (100%) reports wereaccepted without conditions.

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 11Accreditation Updates cont.Congratulationsto the following 14institutions withcounseling programsnewly accredited byCACREP in 2018!Campbell UniversitySaybrook UniversityCentral Methodist UniversitySouthern Methodist UniversityChicago School of ProfessionalPsychology OnlineSouth University High PointChicago School of ProfessionalPsychology DC CampusUniversity of Alaska FairbanksLouisiana State University ShreveportMontreat CollegeUnion Institute and UniversityWestminster CollegeWinebrenner Theological SeminaryPace UniversityPOLICY CHANGES:60 Credit HourRequirementIn February 2018, the CACREP Board issued a Special Announcement thatdelayed the 60 hour implementation requirement for Career Counseling,Rehabilitation Counseling, School Counseling, and Student Affairs/CollegeCounseling until July 1, 2023.With the 2016 standards, CACREP established a requirement that all entrylevel counselor preparation programs, regardless of specialty area, consist of aminimum of 60 semester credit hours or 90 quarter credit hours (CACREP 2016Standard 1.J). The deadline for implementation of this 60 credit hour requirementwas July 1, 2020 (CACREP Policy H). When CACREP and CORE merged,CACREP determined that rehabilitation counseling programs would have until July1, 2022 to meet this 60 credit hour requirement (CACREP Policy I).Since the adoption of the 2016 Standards, some stakeholders have expressedconsiderable concerns about the requirement to move to a 60 credit program by2020. These concerns have been raised not only by counselor educators withinCACREP-accredited programs, but also by counselor educators in programsaspiring toward CACREP accreditation. The CACREP Board of Directors isprofoundly invested in promoting both excellence and unity within the counselingprofession and deeply values the feedback it has received from its stakeholders.As the 2020 implementation deadline approaches, it has become clear thatthis requirement is posing significant challenges for many programs. AlthoughCACREP’s adoption of the 60 credit hour requirement was and continues tobe a response to calls for professional unification of counselor preparation, theBoard of Directors recognizes that this requirement has resulted in unforeseendifficulties for many stakeholders. Therefore, to reflect CACREP’s commitment tocollaboration and in recognition of accreditation as an iterative process, the Boardof Directors has extended the deadline from 2020 to 2023 for the implementationof the 60 credit hour requirement (2016 Standard 1.J). The CACREP Board hasdone so through the adoption of the following policy: Policy H: Meeting NewStandards. Programs that are currently accredited under the 2001, 2009, or 2016Standards must comply with 2016 Standard 1.J by July 1, 2023.The move to 60 credit hours applies to students entering programs afterJuly1, 2023. Note: This policy supersedes and replaces previous PolicyI (which established a 2022 deadline only for rehabilitation counselorpreparation programs) and previous Policy H (which established the 2020deadline for all other counselor preparation programs).

12 CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018CACREPACTIVITIESTRAINING AND WORKSHOPSCACREP conducted five self-study workshops in 2018 which were held inOhio, South Carolina, and Virginia. One hundred forty-one participants,representing counseling programs at 85 institutions of higher education.Participants from 23 (27.1%) of these institutions were from non-CACREPaccredited counseling programs. Participants from 62 (72.9%) of theseinstitutions were from CACREP-accredited counseling programs nearingcompletion of their current accreditation cycle and were preparing to applyfor re-accreditation.CACREP representatives traveled to a wide variety ofcounseling organization conferences in 2018 to presentcontent and training sessionsSome examples include:33 National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Conference(Anaheim, California) CACREP 101 Program Evaluation and Assessment in the CACREP 2016 Standards Site Visitor Update/Dialogue Session33 American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference (Atlanta, Georgia) Counselor Education in CACREP-Accredited Programs: Current Issuesand Information Report of the CACREP Disability Standards Infusion Task Force33 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision RegionalConferences (NARACES, Vermont; NCACES, Ohio; RMACES, Utah;SACES, South Carolina; WACES, California) Oh the Places Counselors Have Been: 5 Years of Program Data fromCACREP-Accredited Programs Table Talk33 National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Conference(Arlington, Virginia) Town HallIn addition, CACREP has been working to develop training support resourcesfor programs and volunteers. In 2018, CACREP continued to publish anew newsletter for volunteer site visitors and developed an asynchronous,on-demand training module providing an overview of the CACREP 2016Accreditation Standards. Synchronous online sessions were conducted forstandalone Rehabilitation Counseling programs, Reader Consultants, andnew Site Team Chairs.The CACREP staff also engaged in several professional developmentactivities centering on counseling and programmatic accreditation issues.

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 13TRANSITION OFREHABILITATIONCOUNSELINGPROGRAMSJune 30, 2018 marked the completion of a transition year following the mergerof CACREP and the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) in July 2017.This transition year was marked both by the continuation of work to facilitatethe transition of accreditation for Rehabilitation Counseling programsfrom CORE to CACREP, and to further develop the relationship betweenCACREP and the Rehabilitation Counseling community. Activities of noteinclude attendances at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education’s(NCRE) Spring and Fall conferences by CACREP representatives, includingCACREP’s President and CEO and the Chair of the CACREP Board ofDirectors, where they participated in discussions with the NCRE Board and intownhall meetings. These conferences also included a number of CACREPrelated training sessions including a How to Write a Self-study workshop.CACREP staff continued to work to align accreditation cycles at institutions,consolidate required reports, and assist programs in understandingsimilarities and differences between the CACREP and CORE standards andprocesses. In a further effort to facilitate this transition, the Board extended,in February, the deadline to comply with the 60-credit degree requirement toJuly 1, 2023. The moratorium on re-accreditation applications was lifted in thesummer of 2018.The major issues of the transition, overall, have occurred fairly smoothlyand integration feels fairly complete. As additional programs enter the reaccreditation process, the CACREP Board and Staff will continue to work withprograms to resolve issues that arise in a manner that continues to protectstudents and programs while assuring quality.

14 CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018CRIGS PUBLICATIONSCACREP Research Initiative for Graduate Students(CRIGS) Publication in 2018Eissenstat, S. J., & Bohecker, L. (2018). United we stand: Narrativestudy to aid the counseling profession in developing a coherentidentity. The Qualitative Report, 23 (6), 1314-1333.Student Research Grant Awarded in 2018Allison Levine, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and doctoral candidateat Michigan State University, was awarded a CACREP Student ResearchGrant in the amount of 488 last year for her research proposal, Assessmentas Growth: Teaching the Working Alliance through Systemic Evaluation ofProfessional Dispositions in Counselor Education.

CACREP ANNUAL REPORT 2018 15IRCEP UPDATEThe International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP), CACREP’sinternational registry, experienced renewal in 2018 with the addition of Dr. LoriAnnStretch as Managing Director. Dr. Stretch dedicates eight to ten hours eachweek to rebuilding IRCEP. During her first eight months, Dr. Stretch conductednumerous interviews with the IRCEP Strategic Planning Committee, registrymembers, CACREP Board members, and other key IRCEP stakeholders tounderstand the vision and goals of IRCEP.In April 2018, Dr. Stretch participated in a panel at the annual ACAConference entitled Leading the Way in Internationalization: Contributionsof Our Professional Counseling Organizations, which highlighted the globalactivities of ACA, NBCC, and CACREP. In November 2018, Dr. Stretchrepresented IRCEP at the Caribbean Regional Conference of Psychology(CRCP 2018). CRCP 2018 provided an excellent opportunity for networking,particularly among the Caribbean countries.2018 IRCEP StrategicPlanning SessionIn August 2018, IRCEP launched an International Research Forum thatprovides support for global research efforts. The forum currently consists ofindividuals from China, Japan, Honduras, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe, andthe U.S. The group meets monthly to discuss research projects, troubleshootresearch issues, and collaborate on forum-sponsored research projects.Currently, the forum has two research projects in the works, including aglobal mapping of counseling and determining how U.S.-based licensureboards review non-U.S. based degrees for licensure.IRCEP hosted a two-day Strategic Planning Session on November 29 and 30,2018. On November 29, Shelly Gardeniers, a consultant who specializes innonprofit board development, lead the first day of the strategic planning session.Dr. Stretch facilitated the session on November 30. During the Strategic Planningsession, seventeen IRCEP stakeholders from around the world, discussedIRCEP’s organizational structure and determined more clarity of purpose,including a revised vision, mission, and goals:Revised Vision: IRCEP’s vision is to provide global support for theprofessionalization of counseling and quality assurance in counselor education.Revised Mission: The mission is to establish and maintain quality assurancestandards in counseling education programs globally.Revised Goals: IRCEP achieves its mission by (a) promoting and maintainingquality assurance standards, (b) facilitating opportunities for counselloreducation program reciprocity, (c) providing support and consultation tocounsellor education programs, (d) facilitating information and resourceexchange, and (e) promoting professional counselor education standards toregulatory authorities.Health ProfessionsAccreditorsCollaborative (HPAC)In 2018, the CACREP Board joined accreditation colleagues from disciplinesin the Health Professions Accreditors Collabo

organizations. She has served as Chair of the Arkansas Board of Examiners in Counseling, the Board of Directors of NBCC and NBCC-International, and the CACREP Board of Directors. Dr. Fernandez’s professional and research interests include multicultural issues in