In previous decades, counselors and other individuals who provided therapy were unregulated—meaning there were no laws requiring specialized training for counselors. Then, in 1981, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the American Personnel and Guidance Association (a precursor to the ACA) cooperatively established the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) in order to set standards for counselor training.
Review the CACREP Understanding Accreditation: Types of Accreditation Web page, NBCC’s Web page on board certification versus licensure for clinical mental health counselors, and Kaplan and Kraus’s article, “Building Blocks to Portability: Culmination of the 20/20 Initiative.”
In your post, answer the following questions:
Support your ideas by citing key sources from this unit, using APA style.
Respond to a learner who has a different view than you regarding the advantages of counselor certification or the importance of license portability.
This activity will help you achieve the following learning components: