Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Minutes for Meeting of July 13, 2001
Holiday Inn, Charlottesville, VA
Members present: Tammy Davis, Lennie Echterling, Victoria Foster, Steve Nielsen, Penny Norford, Renee Staton, and Angie (uh oh - I don't know Angie's last name)
Call to Order/President's Report:
Minutes were approved
Membership discussion -- 107 members as of fall 2000
Victoria has e-mail addresses of members who have submitted them. She and Renee will attempt to get e-mail addresses of all members.
School Counseling -- In Linda's absence, Tammy reported that the ERIC conference, popular with school counselors, will be held in Greensboro, NC in February 2002. She encouraged us to share this information with our students.
Community Counseling -- Steve provided an update regarding challenges for community counselors, including the concern that many LPCs are leaving community service boards. Therefore, counselors seeking licensure may have increased difficulty in finding suitable supervisors. This topic led to a discussion of what constitutes supervision. Penny Norford, who attended the VACES meeting to specifically discuss supervision issues, believes that the current status of supervision in the state is insufficient. Penny reported that according to Evelyn Brown, licensure regulations are being "tightened up," which suggests that now may be a good time for VACES to propose supervision requirements to the Board.
After some discussion, members agreed that we will hold a retreat tentatively scheduled for Wednesday November 7 in Richmond. Penny will ask the Board of Health Professions if they will let VACES members use a room in their building for the retreat. As a back-up option, we can ask VCA to give us a room. Potential agenda topics for the retreat include 1) discerning how to best work with the Board; 2) identifying a curriculum for supervision training; and 3) identifying a fee structure for training that will encourage participants to join VACES. We also discussed distance learning possibilities as well as the potential for offering tiered training options over time.
Steve concluded his report with an explanation of trends in substance abuse counseling and the impact that managed care companies are having on LPCs, such as favoring brief models and failure to reimburse for Medicare clients.
Graduate Students -- Tammy Milliken (William & Mary) agreed to be the new graduate student liaison. Tammy D., Tammy M., and Victoria will meet in Williamsburg in August to plan for the 2002 Graduate Student Conference. Tentative date for the conference is Friday February 22, 2002. Victoria suggested that we end the day with a reception/party.
Web Page -- Lennie showed photos from meetings and the graduate student conference that are currently posted on the web. We're now linked to other counseling organizations and Virginia counselor education programs. Victoria will send Lennie the most recent newsletter to include, and he will post our VCA presentations once we hear what programs have been accepted.
Newsletter -- Angie would like to assist Jeannie Booth in working on the Newsletter. Ideas for the upcoming edition include:
President's column -- Renee will do this
Upcoming supervision retreat -- Steve and Penny will write
School counseling -- Jeannie
Graduate students -- Tammy M.
Recently published (or soon to be published) books by VACES members -- Lennie
Membership highlights -- Victoria suggested we develop a column designed to promote our members' contributions and accomplishments (graduating, getting a job, being published, etc.)
Please send submissions to Jeannie Booth by the end of August.
Renee will also write something for the VCA newsletter by the August 15 deadline
Several changes were made to the by-laws, including:
Replacement of the president-elect position with a vice president position. "Vice president" was substituted for "president-elect" throughout the text of the by-laws.
Lengthening all terms of office to two years
Changing standing committees to better represent our current arrangement of school, community, counselor education, graduate student association, web page, and newsletter liaisons.
These changes will be discussed at the VCA Business Meeting in November.
SACES -- Renee will ask the conference chair to provide a table for VACES at conference check-in. She will also inquire about the cost of getting a room so that we can host a reception. Steve will give Tammy the power point presentation, and Lennie will check in to having a book signing for the Brief Counseling book that has just been published. Perhaps the publishers would pay for the cost of the room?
VCA -- Renee will ask about the cost of a room so that VACES can host a reception immediately after the Business Meeting on Thursday. We can also recruit people to join us all for dinner after the reception. We should also consider a book signing of the "Brief book" at either our table or at the reception. No breakfast is scheduled for this year's conference.
Steve and Lennie are working on developing a logo and brochure for VACES. Thank you to Linda Grubba for getting us a great banner! Tammy suggested we consider getting VACES t-shirts after we decide upon a logo.
The meeting adjourned with an excellent lunch.
To be determined via e-mail as we solidify plans for a retreat.
Respectfully submitted by Renee Staton in Shari Sias' absence.
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