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The Maine Counseling Association supports efforts to train and mobilize mental health practitioners and community members to respond to disasters and emergency situations in Maine communities and across the country.  Jan Frost, LCSW, the Disaster Mental Health Manager of the Maine branch of the American Red Cross, presented at our annual conference in 2015 and will offer a pre-conference training on Sunday, April 9th.  She shares the following information regarding additional upcoming training opportunities:


The American Red Cross of Maine needs trained Disaster Mental Health (DMH) responders in many areas of the state. Should your community experience a disaster or community emergency, the Red Cross would call on trained professionals to respond. Registered responders also would have the opportunity to respond to events in other areas of Maine and to respond to events in other states. In recent years, DMH responders have provided psychological support services to individuals impacted by fatal fires in Maine, a fatal hay ride incident, the El Faro Ship disaster, wildfires in various western states, floods in S. Carolina and Texas, the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, the Boston Marathon Explosions, a campus shooting in Oregon and the Pulse Night Club tragedy in Orlando.

Please consider joining our team of qualified responders by taking the first step toward becoming registered with the American Red Cross of Maine.  Fill out a responder application at

The American Red Cross has recently expanded the eligibility requirements for Disaster Mental Health responders. Mental Health Providers with a conditional license or a provisional school certification can now apply to be registered as a Red Cross Disaster Mental Health responder. Please contact Ellin Ruffner with any questions. Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Responders will also be at the MECA conference at the Samoset. Consider joining one of the Red Cross offerings. The opportunities at this year's conference fulfill Red Cross Disaster Mental Health responder requirements.  





On July 20, 2015, the counseling profession’s two major accrediting organizations – the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) – signed a Plan of Merger Agreement.  The Plan, approved by both the CORE Board and CACREP Board at their respective summer meetings, represents several years of discussions on strengthening the counseling profession through the establishment of a single unified accreditation process for counselor preparation programs.  CORE and CACREP had entered into an historic affiliation agreement in 2013 to accomplish this on behalf of all future counselors and their clients. The two organizations believe their vision for a unified counseling profession is better realized through a merger of both organizations.

CORE and CACREP will immediately begin taking steps toward implementing the terms of the merger agreement, which will be concluded effective June 30, 2017.   Beginning July 1, 2017, CACREP will carry on the mission of both organizations.  In the interim, CORE will continue to conduct the business of accreditation on behalf of its programs and will complete its current standards revision process for rehabilitation counseling programs.  CACREP and CORE will jointly appoint a committee to examine the reformatting of CORE Standards to fit into the CACREP review structure, as well as to recommend how disability concepts can be more fully and clearly infused into the CACREP Standards to strengthen the future preparation of all counselors.  

The benefits to the profession and the public have been of paramount importance as CACREP and CORE entered into merger discussion.  Recognizing the prevalence of disability in our society, both organizations have agreed that counselors will be better prepared to meet the needs of all clients if there is a unified set of standards that can be supported by the counseling profession. According to the US Census Report “Americans with disabilities: 2010”, approximately 20% of our country’s citizens are living with some form of disability.  This prevalence increases exponentially with age and reaches a frequency of seven in ten individuals age 80 and older.  These data indicate that all counselors need knowledge of disability regardless of setting in which they practice.

CORE and CACREP will be providing additional information regarding the details of the merger agreement on their respective websites. Please visit the websites periodically at (see What’s New?) and (see CACREP/CORE Updates) to obtain the most updated information. The two organizations will ask to make presentations at ACA, ACES, NCRE, and AASCB and other counseling conferences.  Every effort will be made to keep our constituents informed as the merger progresses.

An online DSM-5 course, Using the DSM-5: Try It, You’ll Like It, was recently published. The course is approved by NBCC for counselors, APA for psychologists, and ASWB for social workers for 8 CE credits.


Some highlights of the course include:


  • Self-paced learning
  • Provides help button for test questions
  • Covers all 20 DSM-5 chapters
  • Simplifies the new non-axial format
  • Uses real-time clinical scenarios
  • Contains sample DSM-5 diagnoses
  • Evaluates current research
  • Summarizes key changes from DSM-IV-TR
  • Clarifies use of cross-cutting measures
  • Simplifies coding and recording procedures
  • Contains video scenarios
  • Provides links to additional resources
  • Offers tips for clinical interviewing
  • Explains procedures for differential diagnosis


The course can be accessed using this link:   



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