|From the Chair|
Hello and Happy Fall. It is hard to believe that we are turning the corner on the fall semester but it is true. Here at the University of Michigan we have an increase in the request for services along with an increase in the complexity of issues. I have heard from many of you from around the country that this fall has also provided unique opportunities for service provision in your agency as well. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed and puzzled by the demand, please know you are not alone and that as professionals we are up to the task. As a matter of fact, the increased demand is a clear indication of both our efficacy and value. University counseling center professionals are truly making a difference in the lives of students!
There are lots of things going on in the commission to benefit you. First, it is time to elect new members to the directorate body for CCAPS. We have a dynamic slate of individuals who are committed to the field and to the work of the commission. Be sure to participate in the process and vote between Dec 5 and Dec. 16. We have also been working to implement some of the feedback from the Strategic Plan Taskforce including keeping all eight of our roundtables and sponsoring a luncheon for counseling center directors to connect and fellowship during convention.
In addition, I attended the ACPA’s summer leadership meeting in Indianapolis where one of our tasks was to preview the convention; and from all signs Indy is a live and vibrant city and the convention is sure to be a great and enriching time. If you are still ambivalent about attending this year’s conference, I believe you will miss a treat if you don’t go.
Lastly, the directorate body is feverishly working to make our convention in Indianapolis good for you. We are planning to offer a theme track around suicide treatment, prevention and assessment. In addition, we will sponsor our annual networking luncheon, and a special treat to try and jump-start our mentoring program.
So, as always, thank you for your membership in the commission. If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me via email.
Stacey M. Pearson, Ph.D.
Chair, Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services
American College Personnel Association