From the Chair
It is with a deep sense of appreciation and excitement that I write my
first letter to you as Chair of the Commission for Counseling and
Psychological Services. I am grateful to Dr. Chanda Corbett, Past Chair,
and the many other Chairs, Directorate members and other CCAPS members
who have preceded me and established a strong foundation for our
organization. We also have an amazing group of current CCAPS talent and
energy which will strengthen our organization and our national
contribution to the field of mental health.
What an exciting time to be involved in college mental health! In many
ways, it seems our profession has never been in greater demand or in the
campus spotlight in more ways---whether that be through innovative
outreach, crisis management, policy formation, consultation or a host of
other ways. This is even more reason for college mental health to
continue to be strongly represented in a possible consolidation between
ACPA and NASPA. So---here comes the part where the new Chair outlines
some emerging goals and ideas for the next 2 years…. so, the following
goals are based on a previous CCAPS task force report, others’ input and
a sprinkling of yours truly’s ideas….
- Strengthen CCAPS membership.
One of the biggest “draws” to CCAPS are the relationships—often
lifetime—that develop here! We are simply the friendliest, most
connecting, talented, inclusive, creative and fun group of mental
health professionals. We need to get the word out better about that!
Goals include: better articulating the various ways that people can
get involved in CCAPS; increasing the numbers involved in CCAPS
Directorate elections; increasing ways for committee chairs and
committees to connect and communicate between conferences; and
restructuring CCAPS conference meetings to better foster
relationship building while also streamlining business agenda.
- Increase our “national voice”.
Goals include: exploring the idea of position papers and/or other
ACPA publications and utilizing our interface more intentionally
- Celebrate our 50th anniversary!
Goals include: involving the CCAPS 50th Anniversary Planning
Committee & larger CCAPS community in developing a CCAPS written
history and accompanying video, convention program panel and CCAPS
- Explore idea of CCAPS sponsoring
a Diamond Honoree
- Maximizing the power of our CCAPS
website. Goals include: keeping our website updated, revising
and adding content, considering Facebook/blog
Throughout my tenure as Chair, please
feel welcome to contact me
anytime with questions, comments and/or input!
Jane M. Bost, Ph.D.
CCAPS Chair 2010-2012