We launched a program that we believed would provide an opportunity for non-CACREP Counselors, who have been negatively impacted by that movement to share their experiences, loss, anxiety, and their emotions. We introduced an advertisement that requested "CACREP horror stories" after noting extremely upsetting stories from counselors directly or through word of mouth. We wondered what is the diverse range of harm that many counselors are experiencing? We stated that the counselor would need to provide their identity so that LCPCM might use the information to challenge the mental health system to be more inclusive of all counselors. We provided an email address where the letter would be sent and we named it email@example.com.
In retrospect, we are softening our expectation that counselors who share their story would want their identity known due to concerns of retribution or judgment. However, we still believe that counselor's stories should be shared and can be helpful by assisting LCPCM and other linking organizations to understanding the impact of the CACREP movement collectively; and that it is not necessary to expose the counselors. We hope the cathartic and perhaps therapeutic experience of writing out one's story and sending it to a system that cares will assist to support our own kind. In addition, we know that counselors want to support other counselors who are suffering. LCPCM hopes that the stories may serve to heal our system and reaffirm a sense of unity. LCPCM knows the depth of sacrifice and hard work that counselors provide. We value your opinion and we offer a place to provide it. We are not 'Dear Abby' but there is the satisfaction of knowing that LCPM is listening and compiling information that might help you and other counselors. Perhaps we can find a better name than non-CACREP Counselors for ourselves as well. Therefore, we modify the requirement of giving your name. However, if you choose not to give your name, you must clarify that in a cover letter that comes with your letter. You do not have to tell us why you made your choice. If we choose your letter, we will contact you and request your written permission to print your letter or a specific statement. Please be aware that the information in your letter will be collected and combined with other data relevant to assisting LCPCM to address our concerns with the CACREP movement.
We welcome your experiences and opinion.
So send your story to: firstname.lastname@example.org.