2014 Council of Applied Master's Programs in Psychology Conference 

March 5, 2014   •   The Omni Nashville Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee



CAMPP Executive Committee and General Membership Meeting




12:30pm-1:15pm -- Accreditation Issues and Updates


Clinicians and Counselors: Differentiating Clinical Psychology and Counselor Education Programs 

Stacey Tantleff-Dunn, Ph.D., University of Central Florida 

Bernard J. Jensen, Ph.D., University of Central Florida 

Jessica Waesche, Ph.D., University of Central Florida 

Steven Berman, Ph.D., University of Central Florida 

Monique Levermore, Ph.D., University of Central Florida 

Ed Fouty, Ph.D., University of Central Florida 

Accreditation by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP) has become an increasingly powerful influence on gaining licensure to practice as a mental health counselor across the United States. This accreditation is reserved for counselor education programs, and the American Psychological Association (APA) does not accredit clinical psychology master’s programs. 

Graduates of both types of programs, however, typically wish to become practicing therapists and seek state licensure to become licensed mental health counselors (or related titles depending on the state). Therefore, it has become increasingly important to distinguish how clinical psychology and counselor education programs are similar and different. 

Students seek this differentiation in choosing graduate programs, and clinical psychology faculty needs this information to inform their decisions regarding program curriculum and student recruitment. Although there are many commonly cited differences between the two types of programs (e.g., clinical is focused on severe psychopathology and counselor education is focused on adjustment issues), a systematic, comprehensive comparison of current programs will provide up-to-date, evidence-based conclusions about how these programs are distinguishable from one another. This information will not only be helpful for advising students, but it is also important for exploring the long-term viability of clinical psychology master’s programs. 

The presenters are the Chair and Executive Director of MPCAC. This session will provide an overview of MPCAC accreditation, the recent changes to the accreditation process with the addition of the counseling branch of MPCAC, and the organization’s progress toward CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) recognition. Ongoing challenges related to accreditation, the status of the masters level practitioner, and the current political climate will also be discussed. 

1:15pm-1:30pm -- Break


1:30pm-2:15pm -- Accreditation Issues and Updates (Continued)

CACREP: Myths and Realities 

Carol L. Bobby, Ph.D., LPC, NCC 
President and CEO, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) 

Carol Bobby is the president and CEO of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a position she has held since 1987. Throughout her career, Carol has worked as both a counseling clinician and an administrator. 

In 1982, while still working on her counselor education doctoral degree from the University of Florida, Carol obtained a position with the National Board for Certified Counselors and helped to organize the first administration of the National Counselor Exam. 

The following year she was hired as director of the National Academy of Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselors, a position she held until 1986. Along with her administrative responsibilities, Carol continues a part-time clinical practice and is a licensed professional counselor in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Carol serves in a variety of leadership roles in counseling and higher education. She is a former Chair of the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors and the Chair of the Center for Quality Assurance in International Education. 

She presents extensively on issues related to standards for accreditation in counselor education and has been an invited speaker on these issues in cities such as Mexico City, Buenos Aires, San Jose, Santiago, Tokyo, Toronto, and Paris. In 2004, she co-authored an article with Dr. Thomas Clawson, President of the National Board for Certified Counselors, entitled “Global Perspectives of Credentialing in Counseling,” which was published in the first volume of Orientacion Psicologica, a new inter-American journal. 

Her service to the profession of counseling was publicly honored in April 2006 when she became the recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award. 

2:15pm-2:30pm -- Break 

2:30pm-4:00pm -- Graduation and Internship Session


Yes! I graduated… Now what? 

Carol Shoptaugh, Missouri State University 

Jaime Henning, Eastern Kentucky University 

Jessica Wooldridge, State University of New York at Albany 

Melissa Buford, Office of Personnel Management, DC

While the job market remains relatively unstable, the expected job market for graduates from master’s programs in Industrial-Organizational Psychology is still positive. There are a range of 

opportunities for master’s level practitioners, from work in human resources, consulting, government and private sector employment, to matriculating to doctoral education. Competition for jobs and admission to doctoral programs is great, and master’s graduates compete with doctoral applicants for positions in business and industry. 

For students graduating from master’s programs, the thought of what to do during their program and after graduation can be daunting. Despite their professional training, students can lack confidence or resources to search for and obtain positions after graduate school. This panel will discuss important experiences during their master’s work, challenges they face as they complete their master’s degree and begin work. 

Panel members will provide experiential resources and knowledge to help future graduates and professors. The panel will consist of professors, current students, doctoral students, and practitioners. 

Information about current employment of graduates will be presented. During the discussion and reflection, we hope to explore answers to questions such as (1) What factors did you consider when deciding between continuing on to a doctoral program or beginning work? (2) What resources or tips do you have for finding a position? (3) How did you leverage your graduate training in the interview process? (4) How can you market your skills for work not directly related to your area of study? 

The Clinical Intern’s Journey: Memorable Clients, Lessons Learned 

Tracy A. Knight, Western Illinois University 

Alphons J. Richert, Western Illinois University 

Blake M. Gilbert, Western Illinois University 

Chad R. Brownfield, Fielding Graduate University

Although the clinical internship is an important development in individual clinicians’ lives, it explores relatively little information on the unfolding process from interns’ perspectives. Instead, our field has treated interns as objects from a distance, conceptualizing their development in terms of phases and stages. We were interested in exploring the internship experience from the interns’ own perspectives. 

For this qualitative study, we utilized monthly reflective logs completed by our master’s-level clinical graduate students throughout their internships, focusing upon interns’ accounts of their most memorable clinical events. 

From these data, we examined these accounts with the following questions in mind: 1) What were some characteristics of the cases that students found memorable? 2) What lessons were learned as a result of their interactions with these clients/clinical situations? A qualitative analysis of their logs to date has revealed a total of 48 applicable codes within seven primary categories. 

Results will illuminate the characteristics of clinical situations and clients most likely to be influential to the developing clinician, as well as the most important lessons learned from the clinical internship. 

4:00pm-4:15pm -- Invited Session


Update on Master’s in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) 

Sabina Widner, Georgia Regents University 

Patricia O’Connor, The Sage Colleges


4:30pm Concluding Remarks 

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