ACPE Annual Elections

Written by Trace Haythorn

Filed under: News

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Over the past several days, I’ve spoken with several educators who are writing final evaluations, scrambling to fill one more residency spot, or wondering when they can find time for a vacation in the coming weeks. I’ve heard counselors and psychotherapists wonder if the intensity of client’s experiences will diminish any time soon as the anxiety about the COVID-19 Delta variant increases concerns across the world. School has already started in many places, and parents and friends are wondering if masking and vaccinations will be enough to avoid another pivot to online learning. Y’all – the times are just plain hard.

And yet the work of ACPE continues. This week, we will hold our annual member meeting online. If you would like to attend and have not registered, please click here. If you are not able to attend, please be assured that the meeting will be recorded, and you can watch at a time convenient to you.

In addition to reports from Finance, the Foundation, and our Commissions, we will also hear from the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) about open positions for ACPE’s annual elections. While we know changes may lie ahead depending on how members vote about the proposal to consolidate our work with APC, we will continue to do the work of ACPE as we have until new forms call for different structures.

If you would like to apply for up to three positions, please click here. The LDC is working to fill the following positions:

  • Board of Directors:
    • Chair Elect (on position)
    • Secretary/Treasurer (one position fulfilling two roles)
    • Director (2 positions open)
  • Foundation Board of Directors:
    • Annual Campaign Chair
    • Director
  • Accreditation:
    • Commissioner (4 positions)
    • Public member (1 position)
  • Certification:
    • Commissioner (5 positions)
  • Professional Ethics:
    • Chair Elect (1 position)
  • Psychotherapy Commission:
    • Chair Elect (1 position)
    • Commissioner (3 positions)
  • Finance and Audit Committee:
    • Member (1 position)
    • [Note: the Secretary/Treasurer chairs this committee]
  • Leadership Development Committee:
    • Member (2 positions)
    • [Note: the Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors chairs this committee]

In addition to these elected positions, there are also several committees to which the board makes appointments. The committees provide opportunities for members who have interests in specific areas to develop their leadership skills and dive more deeply into work that can impact the whole association. They are as follows:

  • Advocacy:
    • Chair Elect (1 position)
    • Member (3 positions)
  • Curriculum/Educational Resources:
    • Chair Elect (1 position)
    • Member (3 positions)
  • International Relations:
    • Member (2 positions)
  • Professional Well-Being:
    • Chair Elect (1 position)
    • Member (3 positions)
  • Research:
    • Chair Elect (1 position)
    • Member (3 positions)

If you have questions about elections or would like more specific information about a committee, commission, or board, please reach out directly to members of those groups, review their descriptions in our governance manual, or contact a member of the Leadership Development Committee.

We hope you will take time to read our 2020 “Year in Review” which highlights the good work and generosity of ACPE members. Thank you for all you do! May the cool breezes of fall find their way to us soon. May we find our way past COVID-19. May we continue our quest for equity across all marginalized differences. And may we be gracious with one another as we imagine the future for this beloved association.

Important Election Dates

  • Close Nominations Date- October 1
  • Slate Published Date- October 15
  • Polls Open Date- October 20
  • Polls Close Date- November 3

Trace Haythorn is the Executive Director of ACPE and can be reached at