In this assignment, you will determine strategies to advocate for the counseling profession by developing a position statement. A position statement, like a white paper, is a report that presents both facts and opinions on a particular issue to inform readers and influence them. Often, a position statement concludes with a call to action and provides recommendations for next steps. (For examples, see Mental Health America’s Position Statements Links to an external site. describing and calling for advocacy efforts on many issues impacting counselors.) Position statements are primary tools for influencing organizational or government policies.
In this assignment, you will gather facts and make inferences to formulate a well-supported argument for a position and make advocacy recommendations regarding a specific policy influencing professional credentialing (in other words, certifications or licenses) of clinical mental health counselors.
To prepare your assignment, gather facts and formulate a well-supported argument that counselors’ scope of practice should be expanded in some way (for example, extending Medicare provider status to mental health counselors, extending the Indian Health Service to recognize professional counselors as health care providers, or urging state counseling licensure boards to adopt the requirement of graduation from a CACREP-accredited counseling program for licensure to improve license portability across state lines).
This assignment has two parts:
The first part will be a brief introductory paper entitled Advocating for the Counseling Profession.
In this section of the assignment, describe the need for professional counselors to advocate on behalf of the profession.
Instructions for this part of the assignment are included in the Template.
For the second part of the assignment, you will construct a Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations paper.
Focus on an issue impacting the credentialing (certifications, licenses, accreditation and portability of licensure) of clinical mental health counselors.
Make a well-supported argument that counselors’ scope of practice should be augmented or expanded so that counselors and clients can be better served.
Include your Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations as Appendix A at the end of your Advocating for the Counseling Profession paper. The template shows how to include an appendix in an APA-style paper.
Your Position Statement and Advocacy Recommendations paper should have the following sections:
Topic and Background: Identify the topic and summarize what has been done in the past. Then succinctly describe the current state of affairs with respect to the issue.
Arguable Viewpoints: Briefly state at least two points of view on your topic.
Viewpoint: State the position you advocate.
Supporting Reasons: State your reasons for supporting your chosen position.
Call to Action and Advocacy Recommendations: Describe a process for counselors to follow in advocating on an issue that impacts their credentialing (licensure, certifications) and scope of practice. Include specific recommendations for action steps counselors can follow in advocating for the profession on this issue.
Review the rubric to make sure you understand how this assignment will be graded.