From the Chair -- Fall 2002
The chill of autumn is in the air and the semester is beginning to heat up--October on college campuses! I hope that you had a restful summer and are ready for the challenges of the fall semester.
In July, I participated in ACPA's Summer Leadership Meeting, which was held in Minneapolis,the site of the 2003 Convention. I was impressed by the organization's commitment to strategic planning and including all members in deciding ACPA's future. Also, I think Minneapolis will be a great place for a conference. The convention center is brand new, beautiful, and big, and the hotels are either close by or easily accessible via the Skyway system. And...the Men's NCAA Basketball Midwest Regionals will be in Minneapolis while we're there, for those of you who might want to get tickets.
CCAPS has continued to be active over the last few months. We were at the leading edge of raising questions about the licensing of counseling center psychologists in Wisconsin. We continued with our liaison work with various professional organizations, and are in the process of considering additional liaisons. And our former Chair, Heidi Levine, is a candidate for the Director of Commissions of ACPA. This is a very important role, as the Director of Commissions represents the Commissions' voice to the Executive Council of ACPA. Make sure you vote!
The Commission is facing many of the same challenges that we have on our home campuses. Our Commission budget was reduced this year, requiring a re-examination of our past activities and the creation of new (and cheaper!) ways to conduct Commission business. However, I am confident that, with the active participation of the CCAPS directorate and membership, we will be able to continue to offer many of activities and services that are CCAPS hallmarks.
In addition, similar to many of our campuses, our Commission is examining our policies and practices regarding inclusion. We are aware that our professional siblings in counselor education, social work, and counseling may not feel as welcome in the Commission as those from other professions. I believe that a unique strength of CCAPS is its multidisciplinary nature, and I am committed to expanding our welcome to all who are interested in college and university counseling issues. I thank Directorate Members Wayne Griffin and Chuck Zanone, in particular, for identifying this issue and continuing to remind CCAPS of its importance. In addition, I am hopeful we can continue to find ways to include individuals from diverse demographic groups, as well as further involve the entire Commission membership in CCAPS activity. All Commission members, as well as interested parties outside of the Commission, are invited to participate in our ongoing important discussion regarding inclusion.
In closing, I want to remind you that the Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services IS our membership. Please consider involvement in our many important committees and projects. And please plan to join us in Minneapolis in March!
Sue Stock-Ward, Ph.D.
Chair, Commission for Counseling and Psychological Services
Assistant Training Director
Counseling, Testing and Career Center
University of Akron