Promoting the International Development and Recognition of Professional Counseling: A Response to Global Needs

Zambrano, Elias
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Global events that place a diversity of peoples in need of preventive and responsive human services require the presence of well qualified and trained professionals. The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has responded to expressed needs for quality assurance in counselor education and training outside the United States by creating the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP). IRCEP promotes the global development and recognition of counseling programs by (1) articulating standards reflecting common professional counselor education and training requirements, (2) developing an international process to approve programs, (3) maintaining an approved program registry, and (4) building an international network of counselor educators, students, and practitioners. Join this presentation to learn how eleven professional counselors representing six continents worked together to develop standards meeting the counseling educational and training needs of diverse societies and cultures. Participants will learn about IRCEP’s purpose, benefits, registry application and review process that will draw on expertise from around the world.

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CONAHEC's 13th North American Higher Education Conference - Houston 2010
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Join leaders and practitioners of higher education, business, government and students at Rice University in the city of Houston, Texas for CONAHEC’s 13th North American Higher Education Conference!North Americans share many historical, cultural, and linguistic bonds and have many common issues to face. Since the signing of NAFTA, our region has become the largest trading block in the world, inextricably linked by growing economic ties. Leaders in North America recognize that regional and individual community prosperity depends largely on the global competencies of our future professionals -- today's students.A decade and a half into NAFTA, it is evident that our region must develop stronger, more productive and more resilient linkages both internally and with other world regions. Governmental and educational leaders acknowledge that higher education institutions in North America must be more proactive in offering students opportunities to gain international expertise by becoming more internationally oriented while simultaneously strengthening local connections in their teaching, research and public service functions. Higher education has an important role to play in strengthening North America and connecting it with the rest of the world.