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Increasing Awareness, Understanding, and Appreciation of Rehabilitation CounselingThe Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) designation is an important one in the field of rehabilitation counseling for individuals with disabilities. It signifies a level of career–specific education, a demonstrated understanding and application of key competencies, and a commitment to ongoing career training and development. Individuals are measured and certified via a stringent CRC Examination and an ongoing certification renewal process as governed by the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification (CRCC).
CRCC actively educates and promotes the importance of the CRC designation to facilitate:
- Individuals with disabilities making informed decisions when seeking qualified and professional rehabilitation counselors;
- Universities and colleges supporting the rehabilitation counseling profession with appropriate communication, curriculum, and testing to student populations;
- Managers in employment settings understanding the added qualifications associated with the CRC credential in their hiring and staffing practices, and;
- Recognition and acknowledgement by legislators and lawmakers of the importance of qualified, professional rehabilitation counseling services in maintaining and increasing access for individuals with disabilities.
CRCC Representation and CollaborationCRCC is an active participant in conferences and summits representing rehabilitation counseling, including 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling and leadership meetings within both rehabilitation and general counseling professions.
In addition, CRCC provides information to a variety of organizations and publications to showcase rehabilitation counseling, promote the profession, and highlight the value and need for rehabilitation counselors. Publications include:
- Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH); US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- Health Care Careers Directory; American Medical Association (AMA)
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20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling
In April 2005, the presidential teams of ACA and AASCB met to discuss concerns of a lack of unity within the counseling profession, and agreed to co-sponsor an initiative seeking to unify the profession by developing a strategic plan for optimally positioning the counseling profession by the year 2020. The two groups formed 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling and invited counseling organizations to send a delegate to participate in the initiative.
The 20/20 delegate group was comprised of 31 organizations, including CRCC. The group was structured using a consensus model for decision-making, requiring a minimum of 90% of delegates to approve any concept or decision. Anything reaching consensus by the delegates was then sent to their participating organizations for consideration and requested endorsement.
In March 2013, the 20/20 delegates, representing more than two dozen counseling organizations, made historic progress by reaching consensus regarding a licensure title and Scope of Practice for the counseling profession.
Request for Endorsement
After reaching consensus regarding a licensure title and Scope of Practice for the counseling profession, the 20/20 Oversight Committee requested CRCC’s endorsement of these items. In its response, CRCC conveyed the Board’s vote to endorse the licensure title of Licensed Professional Counselor.
While CRCC expressed its support of the Scope of Practice statements as approved by the delegate vote during the March 2013 delegate meeting, CRCC could not support the modified final narrative. CRCC found the modifications failed to respect the work and decisions of the 20/20 delegates and resulted in a significant deviation from the original statements approved by the delegates.
Significant deviations in the modified Scope of Practice included a narrowly-defined focus on mental health treatment and plan development instead of broader, more inclusive language of establishing individualized counseling plans and goals. Another area of concern was the omission of a reference to physical disorders.
Revised Scope of Practice
In March 2014, CRCC received a request to consider a further modified Scope of Practice statement, revised to address questions and concerns that had been raised by several of the 20/20 organizations. CRCC’s Board is slated to consider this new Scope of Practice Statement in early April.
For more information, including a full background on 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, read Advocacy Update, page 6 of the CRCC Connections Spring 2013 Newsletter.