Exciting times here at MPCAC! Three major changes are on the horizon.
First, MPCAC Accreditation Standards. We expect to post our revised Accreditation Standards for public comment by the end of June. We will be emailing far and wide to solicit those comments that are a critical element in our revision process. We are refining, clarifying and strengthening. Particularly noteworthy is the incorporation of measurable competencies as foundational to yield effective education and training in our accredited programs, all in the service of protecting the public. After a period of about six weeks we will review the comments and make changes as necessary and appropriate. We estimate that the Standards will be implemented toward the end of 2017, to allow accredited programs and new applicants time to incorporate appropriate modifications.
Second, MPCAC Structure. Our second change will occur over the next year as we mold our structure to fit our evolution from two sets of (nearly compatible) MPAC and MCAC standards to one MPCAC Accreditation Standards with the focus on competencies. As we move forward we will, of course, be seeking input from our accredited program directors (and department chairs). Our two overall aims are to protect the public and to provide a structure that meets our needs as an accrediting organization.
Third, MPCAC Chair. After six excellent years as our esteemed MPCAC chair, Sabina Widner is stepping down. Sabina has been extraordinary, leading us through the process of solidifying the incorporation of MCAC into MPAC with the resulting MPCAC, and now through the process of Standards revision. She is always thoughtful, patient, and level-headed; some of the transitions periods have been difficult but Sabina’s ability to find calm has resulted in our being so successful, crafting a new organization to accomplish new tasks. And, BTW, she is a lot of fun! We will miss Sabina terribly though she has agreed to stay on MPCAC for one more year in a past-chair/advisor capacity.
We are in the most fortunate position, however, as Eleonora Bartoli has agreed to become the new MPCAC chair. Many of you know Eleonora already as the chair of MCAC where she has demonstrated that she is well organized, focused and will be excellent at continuing our forward movement! With Sabina as her backup Eleonora will slide easily into this new role. Congratulations to Eleonora! We continue to stand together to accomplish the work necessary to have outstanding programs for those seeking master’s degrees in counseling and psychology.