was humbled and honored to be nominated for
Chair-Elect of the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services (CCAPS)
during the 2006 Convention. Thank you for your vote of confidence during the
2007 election. As promised in my election statement, I will continue to serve
the Commission with enthusiasm and passion, encourage CCAPS membership to take
active leadership roles, and to aid us in continuing to make progress as a
Commission. I commit to working with our directorate and committees to address
recommendations presented in the CCAPS Strategic Plan Taskforce’s report.
Recommendations suggested by you, our membership, have been adopted as goals to
focus our Commission to address during my tenure. The goals are the following:
1) Provide appropriate programs for our membership at various levels of their
career, particularly for mid/senior-level professionals, 2) Value our seasoned
professionals by extending specific invitations and opportunities for them to
contribute, 3) Contribute to the field through research, 4) Solidify
relationships with other organizations addressing college student mental health,
and 5) Include a role for every member in CCAPS’ goals and vision.
Collaborations with Association
of University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and the American
College Health Association (ACHA) are developing to strengthen our relationships
with these organizations, and provide more opportunities for research and
professional development. Partnerships with the American Psychological
Association’s Division 17 Section on College and University Counseling Centers
are also being developed. Building on these relationships, and others in the
field of college student mental health, will help us all work more effectively
and efficiently with our resources, and strengthen our voice in the field.
I believe we desire CCAPS to
provide valuable resources to mental health practitioners serving on university
and college campuses and to be recognized as a spokesperson for college student
mental health. We are on the frontline and working in many capacities with
college students, and we are “the experts” in the field. I encourage you to be
open to the upcoming initiatives and to contribute your expertise.
The elected directorate members
are the leadership of the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services.
However, it is my desire for every CCAPS member to serve the commission in some
capacity. We can all contribute where we can and will all benefit from the
diverse skills and expertise of our membership. You will be hearing from me and
our directorate members via the listserv and our web-site about ways you can
serve. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas of how you would like to
contribute to help us achieve these goals. Again, thank you for your vote of
confidence and your support. I look forward to serving and working with you. We
have an exciting future ahead of us. Addressing the aforementioned goals will
yield very tangible benefits for our Commission and the profession. Our goals
are achievable and our vision is clear.
~ Your Chair,
Chanda C. Corbett, PhD (CCAPS Chair, 2008-2010)