Submitted by Donn Marshall, Ph.D.
In ACPA we have Standing Committees. The near equivalents
in NASPA are “Knowledge Communities.” There is no Knowledge Community
specifically for counseling and mental health services, but NASPA has an active
Health in Higher Education Knowledge Community (HHEKC)
http://www.naspa.org/kc/hhekc/default.cfm). The HHEKC leadership is now the
CCAPS point of contact. I have asked the leadership of the HHEKC to consider
whether there should be a subgroup of that KC that focuses on mental health in
higher ed, or whether we should lobby for a separate KC that to address issues
of interest to CCAPS.
In spite of not having an obvious “home” for addressing
counseling and psychological services in the NASPA organization, you probably
are aware that NASPA has developed an annual conference addressing mental health
issues in higher education. For the last couple of years this conference has
been held concurrently with the Alcohol Abuse Prevention Conference, promoting
dialog across related disciplines. This year the conference will be held in
Boston, January 22-24, 2009. The call for program proposals for these
conferences is now out, and I want to encourage CCAPS members to consider
submitting proposals. This would be a great way to increase the ACPA/CCAPS
profile with this sister organization, as well as helping develop resumes and
presentation skills. Full information about these conferences may be found at
Finally, I plan to attend the NASPA annual conference in
Seattle in March (http://www.naspa.org/conference/index.cfm)
and will take that opportunity to interact directly with the HHEKC membership.
Between now and then I’d love to hear from the CCAPS membership about what you
would like to see in the developing relationship between these organizations.
Feel free to be in touch with me directly
via email, or (253) 879-3322.
Submitted by Lynne Reeder, Ph.D.
The ACPA Foundation (a.k.a. the ACPA Educational Leadership Foundation) engages
in fundraising for ACPA: College Student Educators International. As noted on
the website “The Foundation seeks philanthropic support for ACPA initiatives
involving research and scholarship, professional development and leadership
programs for student affairs professionals in higher education.” In 2009, ACPA
will be 85 years old and the Foundation will be 15 years old. Stay tuned for
Foundation activities to celebrate these important anniversaries. Also, new on
the website is a feature focusing on ACPA’s past leaders. We begin with our
first president, May Chaney:
The Foundation has several major annual fundraising initiatives including the
Diamond Honoree Celebration which honors contributions to the Student Affairs
profession, the annual silent and speaker auctions at the Annual Convention and
the Annual Campaign which seeks financial donations from ACPA members and other
donors. While donations of money, goods and services to the Foundation are
usually fully tax deductible, the amount of the available deduction may vary
(consult your tax advisor).
How can the
Foundation help you?
In addition to general support of ACPA core values, programs and goals, the
Foundation offers a grants program. Each year, the Foundation awards modest
grants currently totaling $10,000. These grants support research proposals that
enhance the student affairs profession and disseminate knowledge about college
students. The Foundation plans to increase the total grant amount available over
the next few years. The application deadline for this year is October
15, 2008. Follow the link below for additional information and application
How can you assist
the Foundation and ACPA?
Support the Annual
If you feel that ACPA has been professionally and/or personally meaningful to
you, please consider making a donation to the Annual Campaign. Members and
supporters have the opportunity to contribute by visiting the Foundation
Support the Silent
Auction and Speaker Auction.
In addition to shopping at the Auction, we ask that you consider making a
personal donation of an item or that CCAPS consider donating an item. Also,
consider bidding for speaker services to bring nationally recognized speakers to
your campus at very reasonable costs. We were pleased and appreciative to have
the assistance of a CCAPS member, Dr. Wayne Griffin, for the 2008 Speaker’s
Auction. Given the interest in managing campus crises, being able to offer
Wayne’s expertise was very timely for the Foundation. If you would like to
discuss donating an item for the Silent Auction or offering your services as a
Support the Diamond
Make a contribution to those Student Affairs professionals who have contributed
to your development or to that of the larger Student Affairs field. Also
consider nominating someone next spring for consideration for the 2010 class.
The names of the next diamond Honoree class which will be formally celebrated at
the 2009 Metro DC Convention will be announced shortly. To view the Diamond
On behalf of the ACPA Foundation, thank you for all that you do to bring
services to our students while engaging in research, service and scholarship in
support of the educational process.
ACCCCS Liaison Report
Submitted by Cindy Cook, Ph.D.
The Association for the Coordination of Counseling Center
Clinical Services (ACCCCS) annual conference was held May 14-17, 2008 in
Seattle, WA with record attendance. One theme that was the focus of several
presentations was the increasing demand by universities for threat assessment
and dealing with “students of concern”. From lessons learned from the VA tech
tragedy to the more recent event at NIU, much attention and time was spent
exploring how counseling centers can be involved in the process of prevention
and intervention in the aftermath of such events. A keynote by a student
affairs professional reminded us that counseling center professionals are not
alone in dealing with these concerns and offered ways to partner more
productively with our allies in student affairs.
In addition, the conference focused on the continued
increase in the clinical needs and demands of students and how counseling
centers can meet that pressure. Programs addressed such issues as different
intake systems, managing suicidal clients, returning soldiers with PTSD, and
GLBT issues in counseling, among others.
A face very familiar to CCAPS, David Rardin from Illinois
State University, was elected as the new chair of ACCCCS for 2008-2009. If you
are a clinical director and would like to find out more about how to become
involved in ACCCCS, there is information on the website about how to join:
www.accccs.appstate.edu. Our next conference will be held May 13-16, 2009
in Knoxville, TN.