School Counseling no longer accredite...

School Counseling no longer accredited students receive no notificaton

Ivette Gozalez

Chicago, IL

#1 Nov 14, 2012
Hello Concordia School Counseling Students-
You may now be aware of the injustice that Concordia University is perpetrating by not pursuing the CACREP accreditation. This WILL affect all students who do not graduate in the fall 2012. CACREP accreditation will expire this semester and students were not notify of this important change.
Please realize that this is truly an injustice, as we all attended this institution for the accreditation. We also invested time, energy and money to attend this institution. It was supposed to properly train us based on the following objectives:
Program Objectives:
The School Counseling Program is designed to prepare graduates who are competent
to work as school counselors in elementary, middle school, and high school settings.
The program of studies meets certification requirements of the State of Illinois as well
as accreditation standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Educational Programs (CACREP). Upon completion of the program, graduates are eligible
to apply for certification (Type 73) as a school counselor in Illinois and to sit for the
licensing examination as a Licensed Professional Counselor. The program is designed to enable students to:
serve as competent elementary, middle school, and high school counselors in both
the public and parochial school settings
understand the school environment and be able to structure programs to meet
the needs of students, the school, and community
appreciate the role of research and theory in the practice of school counselingand in the establishment of comprehensive school counseling programs
develop a multicultural perspective and be able to demonstrate appropriate counseling and consulting skill when working with diverse groups of people
clarify the role of the school counselor and counseling programs in relation to other roles and services of the educational setting
establish a professional identity and become actively involved in the counseling and school counseling profession
appropriately incorporate Christian beliefs and values into the practice of school counseling.
Many of us are nearing graduation and after the fall 2012 Concordia will NO LONGER be CACREP accredited.
CACREP accreditation is really important to us future counselors. Please spread the word to other Concordia school counseling students to attend an important meeting regarding our future at Concordia University.
The meeting will be held on Saturday November 17th at 12pm at 1815 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60616. This meeting will be with a lawyer who will be taking on our case. Please reply if you will be able to attend.
I can not stress enough the importance for ALL counseling students affected by this change to attend this meeting. We ALL need to stand together to have our voices heard and file a class action lawsuit against this injustice. We've all been told to be advocates for our students. Well, now its time for you to be an ADVOCATE for your own education that has been unjustly changed, without any notification.
If you would like more information about CACREP and hear the truth about the importance of this accreditation click on the links below.
Thank You.

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