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Jan 23, 2018
ACA Participates in the American Association of State Counseling Boards Conference
American Counseling Association Chief Professional Officer David Kaplan and ACA State Legislative Affairs Representative Scott MacConomy gave a presentation last week at the American Association of State Counseling Boards (AASCB) annual conference. The presentation, titled Critical Issues Facing the Counseling Profession and State Counseling Boards, focused on the issue of licensure portability.
During the presentation, Dr. Kaplan explained the American Counseling Association portability proposal. The proposed ACA plan would enable a counselor licensed in one state who wants to move to another state to be considered licensed in the new state after taking a jurisprudence examination, regardless of years of experience or educational background.
The AASCB conference offered an excellent opportunity to meet with state licensing board members who decide state policies for counselors seeking licensure. The licensing boards are responsible for the registration, certification, and licensing of counselors within each state. Their stated goal is to protect the public by ensuring that counselors are competent and follow a professional code of ethics. These boards are very much aware of the difficulties counselors can face when moving to a different state with different licensure requirements.
Resolving the portability problem so that counselors can move freely around the country is a top priority for the American Counseling Association. At the conference, ACA hosted a focus group to discuss the ACA portability proposal with licensure board members from several states.
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