Welcome to the website of the National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE)!
Given my admiration of The National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) and its long, storied history, I am proud to serve as president of this fine organization. My goal, which is in concordance with the goals of NCRE, is to maintain and strengthen the quality of rehabilitation education nationwide. Furthermore, in the same philosophy of previous presidents, I promise to be a “good steward” of the members’ financial contributions. In doing so, it is necessary to find ways to keep our profession visible and dynamic. Our profession of rehabilitation counseling started as an offshoot of psychology, but it has been able to develop and exist exclusively as a standalone department in many colleges and universities. We may no longer be able to exist independently; therefore, we have to think creatively in order to flourish in potentially different configurations.
Our Spring 2017 conference theme “Rehabilitation Counseling Education: Embarking on the New Road Ahead” is an invitation for moving forward with potential and purpose, while making the most of our new opportunities. This conference will be Wednesday, April 19, 2017 through Friday, April 21, 2017 and held in in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim, Marriott Hotel.
We are faced with new challenges, such as keeping the identity of rehabilitation education vibrant and strong amidst other human service, counseling and allied health professions, and continuing the CORE-CACREP merger process. People with disabilities and chronic illnesses depend on us to educate and develop quality rehabilitation practitioners, rehabilitation counselors and rehabilitation counselor educators. In addition to the assigned duties of the position, my overarching objectives are to:
- Help support and expand efforts in rehabilitation education and research at all levels: undergraduate and graduate (for example, promoting more opportunities for publication in the Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education journal through calls for special issues and the formation of research collaborations at the fall and spring conferences);
- Continue fostering collaboration with other professional rehabilitation organizations through joint conferences and other partnerships; this objective would include collaborative efforts with other professional organizations especially CORE/CACREP and CRCC as well as NRCA, ARCA, NRA, and IARP;
- Increase student involvement by increasing recruitment efforts and outreach (for example, setting aside more funds to pay for students to attend the spring conference as well as increasing work study opportunities at the conference);
- Sustain the financial strength, viability and stability of NCRE with a focus on increasing both institutional and individual membership (for example, increasing membership recruitment efforts, incentives to join, and maintaining fiscal responsibility by continually finding new, cost-effective ways to serve members via electronic as opposed to print materials);
- Continue to provide NCRE members with a solid return on their membership investment in the form of a quality journal, advocacy services, recognition of outstanding rehabilitation educators, national conferences, and the opportunity to network with colleagues.
Our Fall 2017 conference is a means of facilitating communication and sharing information among professionals involved in training, recruiting, hiring and enhancing the development of qualified rehabilitation counselors.
NCRE in collaboration with Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation (CSAVR) and Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) conference will be Thursday, October 26 through Saturday, October 28, 2017 in Arlington, VA at the Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel. More information on Call for Proposals, theme, tracks, speakers and program agenda will be forthcoming in early 2017.
I will continue the efforts that build on NCRE’s tradition and ensure that we remain an innovative and vibrant organization that prepares qualified rehabilitation educators and counselors to improve the quality of life for persons with disabilities.
Michael P. Accordino, D.Ed., CRC., LMHC
National Council on Rehabilitation President
October 2016 – October 2017