Forwarded email to Eleyne Fia (Campbell High School):
Government Relations Colleagues, I wanted to pass along a PDF of a GRC-related article that comes from this Summer's Journal of College Admissions. Inspired in part by the First Lady's call for improved counselor training in college counseling, Michigan ACAC passed a list of competencies that should be covered in any pre-service graduate class in college counseling, or in any continuing education course that attempts to offer a comprehensive view of the essential college counseling skills a school counselor should possess.
Combined with the premise that every graduate program in counseling should offer a course focused exclusively on college counseling, this list of outcomes makes a brief outline that can come in handy when discussing the importance of such a course with policy makers and counselor educators. Other state and regional affiliates are invited to review the list of competencies and consider adopting this list or their own, a step that can go a long way in solidifying the foundation for improved training in college counseling.
This is also a good time for Michigan ACAC to extend heartfelt thanks to Illinois ACAC for their precedent-setting endorsement of Michigan House Bill 4552, which would require all new school counselors in Michigan to demonstrate proficiency in college counseling within their first three years on the job. IACAC President Beth Gilfillan and GRC Chair Paul Welsh have extended profound support for this groundbreaking legislation; the fact that professionals beyond Michigan see the value in this bill has had a strong effect on the hearings the bill has received to date.
A copy of the current draft of the bill can be found at http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2015-HB-4552
Patrick O'Connor, MACAC GRC Co-Chair
Bloomfield Hills, MI