FACT 10th National Meeting
The Tenth National Meeting of the National Fair Access Coalition on Testing (FACT) was held in conjunction with the annual conference of the American Association of State Counseling Boards in Tucson, Arizona on January 11, 2002.
Tom Clawson, the co-chair of Fact and Executive Director of the National Board for Certified Counselors, welcomed the participants to this meeting. He explained that this meeting was being held as the replacement to the 2001 FACT meeting originally scheduled for September 14, 2001, in Washington, DC, at the United States Department of Commerce, and cancelled after the events of September 11. Dr. Clawson reviewed a history of past meetings and emphasized the point that FACT is an inter-disciplinary association dedicated to safeguarding the testing rights of all relevant professionals.
Lorin Letendre, co-chair of FACT, and the Chairperson of the Board of Directors for Consulting Psychologists Press, invited participants to take part in an open update and share any relevant events and information from the organization that each represents. He reported that there were no recent threats to testing or anything else to report from California. Mr. Letendre invited all the representatives of member organizations present to discuss any issues occurring within their member organizations and/or any state issues of which they are aware.
Steve Tally, representing the National Association of Masters in Psychology (NAMP), mentioned that there are ongoing struggles with practitioners who were not Ph.D. level psychologists using any word deriving from the root "psycho-" in advertising or to describe what the individual does in professional practice in his home state of Nevada.
Leslie Armeniox, representing the National Coalition of Arts Therapies Association (NCATA), explained that she represented an interdisciplinary coalition that included art, music, dance, and poetry therapists. She shared that NCATA is working on licensure standards for arts therapists. Dr. Armeniox also relayed that NCATA is concentrating on training their members how to advocate. She stated that they have sent out messages to members of states where arts therapists' professional practice is being threatened, and members are responding. Dr. Armeniox also shared that in a survey conducted by NCATA, 85% of the respondents stated that they were interested in advocacy.
Judy Bowers, representing the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), let the group know that ASCA is constructing a national model of school counseling that will incorporate national standards due for publication in June 2002. She relayed that ASCA continues to advocate every year on Capitol Hill on behalf of school counselors.
Gerald Juhnke, representing the American Counseling Association (ACA), stated that ACA now represents 56,000 members and that they continued to be concerned about fair access to testing for appropriately trained counselors. Larry Freeman, also representing ACA, shared with the group that he receives a large quantity of phone calls from members inquiring about testing issues.
Tom Dodson, representing the Association for Assessment in Counseling (AAC), introduced himself and stated that AAC was concerned with keeping abreast of the issues surrounding fair access to testing.
After hearing from the representatives present, Wendi Schweiger, the Coordinator for FACT, placed a phone call to Mike Nahl in Virginia. The purpose of this phone call was to discuss the status of the Model Code of Ethics. Mr. Nahl provided a history of the creation of the Model Code of Ethics and explained that the emphasis for this Code of Ethics was to be more practitioner oriented rather than academic so that practitioners conducting testing could easily use this Code of Ethics for guidance. The meeting participants then decided as a group that the next step would be to release the Model Code of Ethics for public review. Dr. Clawson suggested that Ms. Schweiger write a cover letter to be signed by himself, Mr. Letendre, and Ms. Schweiger to send it to all member organizations as well as posting it on the web for public review and comment. The meeting participants agreed to this plan.
Ms. Schweiger then gave a summary of the status of the infrastructure of FACT. She first discussed the 2000-2001 budget and the proposed 2001-2002 budget. She then discussed the status of the website and shared information from the 2001 website report. Lastly, Ms. Schweiger explained that FACT was establishing new listservs both for the Steering Committee and the Members and she requested that the participants fill out the form provided for them or others interested in the FACT member listserv.
Mr. Letendre then opened a discussion about the “International Guidelines for Test Use” by the International Testing Commission. He explained the history of this set of guidelines and the individuals who were involved in writing them. He suggested the idea of considering these guidelines for partial endorsement. He stated that the guidelines do tend to reference psychologists or psychology often, but that members might want to consider partial endorsement because the language in these guidelines stresses competency as the basis for test user qualifications. Participants present briefly discussed Mr. Letendre’s suggestion, and it was mutually agreed that the FACT Steering Committee would read the “International Guidelines for Test Use” and discuss further.
Lastly, Mr. Letendre opened a discussion about the current structure of the Steering Committee. Participants present suggested expanding the Steering Committee to include a member from ACA and NAMP. Mr. Letendre, Dr. Clawson, and Ms. Schweiger will examine this idea further.
The tenth Annual FACT Meeting was adjourned at 5:00pm.