From the Chair
Happy New Year to everyone! It is hard to believe that it has been almost a year since I was elected to the office of Chair of our Commission. Since that time I have been able to represent our field and commission several ways and had the opportunity to continue the work that has been firmly established by my predecessors.
In October, I had the opportunity the represent ACPA and CCAPS at the 2nd annual conference of the Historically Black College and Universities Counseling Centers. It was a joy for me to be with this dynamic group and introduce them to the work and benefits of ACPA and CCAPS. We look forward to a continued strong relationship in the coming years. I have also been privileged to serve on the ACPA ethics committee. I encourage you each to take a look at the revised ethics that will be released soon. As I write this, I am currently in our nation's capitol for a meeting with ACPA's governance structure taskforce. My role is to be the representative for all of the commissions as ACPA looks to improve the functionality of its organization.
In addition to these external activities, the internal work of CCAPS moved steadily forward. First, the strategic plan taskforce has moved into the evaluation/research stage. If you have not been able to participate in the survey, please visit the website today and let your voice be heard as we seek to improve the commission. In addition, the continuing education committee has continued its work to provide integrated CEUs for social workers.
Last but not least, I would like to congratulate your newly-elected directorate members. Jonathan Kandell, of the University of Maryland, has been selected as our chair-elect. Jonathan has been a very active part of the commission for years, including spearheading our technological efforts. We are also grateful for his recent work in helping revive our flagship program, "Innovations in College Counseling". I am truly looking forward to working with him.
In addition, we elected six new directorate members who are sure to make a significant contribution to CCAPS:
As we move rapidly toward the middle of the semester, our annual convention is also approaching. Highlights of this year's convention are the opportunity to receive over 30 hours of continuing education credits for psychologists, social workers and counselors. CCAPS is featuring a 3-hour CEU workshop on Integrating the Multicultural Counseling Competencies into counseling center work. Dr. Yolanda Harper has agreed to join us to help with this work. Dr. Harper is a long-time counseling center professional who recently joined the staff of the Vice Presidents Office at University of Memphis. Please be sure to join us for this workshop on Sunday afternoon. I'm sure you'll also find our networking luncheon on Sunday and membership meetings on Sunday and Tuesday will also be of great value to you.
I look forward to seeing you all in Nashville.
Stacey M. Pearson, Ph.D.
Chair, Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services
University of Michigan Counseling and Psychological Services