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Alabama Counselor News and Views A publication of Alabama Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association

2007 ACREA Officers & Board Members President Cathie Arnold Dothan

President Elect Eddie Albright Anniston

Secretary Andria Gaither Birmingham

Treasurer Karen Jenkins

December 2007

President ’s Message… ARCEA is active. The board was able to meet November 30, 2007. Nominations have been submitted for individuals running for 2008 officers and board members. (see ballot inside and VOTE). Our board meeting was very productive. We are currently handling some updates to the meeting via e-mail. We will be purchasing new ARCEA buttons to wear and promote our division. Jewelry will be on sale at Staff Conference. See Angeila Scarborough or an ARCEA member. We should be wearing our new ARCEA buttons. We are encouraging each office to get with staff that are not members and ask them to join ARA/ARCEA in 2008. The more members we have, the more we can do as a division. I have enjoyed serving as your president, and wish everyone Happy Holidays and a wonderful year in 2008. I am an ARCEA advocate now more than ever! Cathie Arnold ARCEA President


Past President Marsha Obert Birmingham

Board Members (2007-2008) David Patterson

Auburn Angeila Scarborough


ARCEA Jewelry Sales at ADRS Staff Conference Jennifer Till


(2006-2007) Keith Dear

Anniston Matthew Haynes

Birmingham Eddie Hopkins


ARCEA continues to sell Braille jewelry by Ligon Designs. Leslie Ligon operates her business At First Sight in Denton, Texas. Items for sale include 18” and 22” necklaces in silver plate or leather with a heart shaped charm with the word LOVE in Braille on one side and in script on the reverse side of the heart. We also have bracelets in leather or silver plate, and key chains with similar charms. These items all sell for $20.00. We have silver plate Braille alphabet bracelets for sale for $35.00. Each slide on the bracelet has a Braille letter, with the printed letter on the reverse side of the slide. Contact any ARCEA board member if you are interested in purchasing an item. They will be wearing buttons with the ARCEA logo.

Kathy Wyatt

ARCEA Ways and Means Committee

CRCC Update‌..NOVEMBER 15th IS THE FINAL APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE FOR THE LAST PAPER-AND-PENCIL CRC EXAM!! The April 26, 2008 certification exam (November 15, 2007 application deadline) will be the last paper-and-pencil administration. Those who wish to take the CRC exam in paper-and-pencil format must apply by the November 15, 2007 application deadline. Visit CRCC's website at to access the CRC Certification Guide and Application.

All future exams will be administered in electronic format...CRCC is partnering with Prometric to deliver the certification examinations electronically starting with the fall 2008 examination cycle. There are many benefits to computer-based testing, including: *More flexibility in site locations. Only 65 exam sites have been available whereas there will be over 300 locations nationwide beginning fall 2008. *More opportunities to apply. There will be three opportunities annually to apply and sit for the exam. *More flexibility in choosing when to take the exam. Rather than being required to take the exam on a particular date and time, examinees will have an array of options over the course of an eight-day window. *Shorter exam. Prometric has demonstrated that the exam can be shortened without sacrificing examination reliability and validity. The current 6hour exam will be reduced to 3 hours. *Faster results. Rather than waiting two months for scores, results will be available approximately three weeks following the exam. Streamlining the application process...With the ability to offer exams three times per year, CRCC will also streamline the application process. The new application (available in February 2008) will contain all forms required for certification allowing applicants to submit a complete application package at the time they apply. Also, rather than requiring a separate application and examination fee, only one fee will be submitted for the entire certification process. A partial refund for those found not eligible to sit for the exam will be provided. This will greatly reduce the steps and challenges applicants have reported in the past in meeting deadlines and obtaining their employment documentation and other verifications. More improvements to the process are anticipated and will be announced in February. If you have questions or need additional information, visit the CRCC website at or email us at Feel free to share this information with those who may be interested. CRCC takes pride in continually offering a valid and reliable certification examination and is likewise proud to provide enhanced services to candidates through computer-based testing and a streamlined application process. Cindy A. Chapman, Executive Director, Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification

RCEA News Hello from RCEA! The results of the Election of RCEA Board Members for 2008 is complete and new officers are as follows: President-Elect:

Dr. Nancy Crumpton

Mid-States Regional Representative:

Christine Paul

Southeast Regional Representative:

Lynda Hackney

Western Regional Representative:

Dr. Belen Burkhalter

We send out thanks for the work of Dr. Jane Nichols and Dr. Tresvil Pack for their Board service the past two years. At the last RCEA Board Meeting, 12/5/07, Carl Flowers joined us and I was able to ask him a question that the ARCEA Board had raised re the possibility of having an Associate Membership to NRA at a lower cost. Dr. Flowers indicated that this had been a concern in the past as individuals would join the organization at a reduced cost, when it was not the appropriate category, creating a loss of membership funding. I asked if there could be a requirement of a signature of a Supervising Counselor similar to the Professor signing a Student Membership. He stated he would present this to the NRA Board at their next meeting. If approved, we would have increased membership in RCEA and include the many support staff/assistants involved in the field. I’ll keep you posted on the results of this. Thanks for the proposal. Also, we are excited that Texas has formed an RCEA chapter. Wishing Everyone a Wonderful Holiday!! Nancy L. Crumpton, Ed.D., LPC,CRC,CCM RCEA Board -Southeast Region Representative

2007 ARCEA Members (*New members) Charles Abney

Dr. Nancy Crumpton

Donna Hall*

Dr. Michael Millington

Jennifer Till

Craig Akin

Eugenia Cunningham

Carla Harper

Robert Moseley,III


Eddie Albright

Margaret Davie

Matthew Haynes

Melissa Norred

Joyce Alexander

Leslie Dawson

Cynthia Holt

Marsha Obert

Deborah Turner

Cathie Arnold

Keith Dear

Starr Hudson

David Patterson

Deborah Walker

Steve Autrey

Hank DeVasher

Karen Jenkins

John Payne

Mary Walker

Linda Bingham

Chad Duncan

Mary Ann Livingston*

Kathy Rager

Deborah Williams

Amy Bramlett

Latricia Duran

Janice Lyndall

Tamara Robinson

Wade Wofford*

Lauren Brechin

Jennifer Falkowski

William Main

Pete Rye

Kathy Wyatt

Lee Ann Brooks

Linda Fisher*

Faye Mansel

Dr. Jamie Satcher

Mary Browning

Andria Gaither

Dr. Dave Martin

Angeila Scarborough

Tim Cahalane

Monica Gardner*

Dr. Randy McDaniel

Pam Solomon

Myrtice Carr

Connie Givens

Angela McGuire

Yolanda Spencer

Tracy C. Easley

Mimi Glisson

Amber McLain

Dr. Barry Stephens


Joyce Alexander, Chair

Alabama Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association Official Ballot 2008 Officers and Board Members President-Elect

_____ Keith Dear, Anniston _____ (Write In) ____________________


_____ Andria Gaither, Birmingham _____ (Write In) ____________________

Board Member (2008-2009) (Vote for 3)

_____ Connie Givens, Tuscaloosa _____ Marsha Obert, Birmingham _____ Pamela Solomon, Dothan _____ Dr. Mary Anne Templeton, Troy _____ Wade Wofford, Birmingham _____

(Write In) ____________________


(Write In) ____________________

Mark your ballot and return to Marsha Obert at P O Box 19888, Homewood, AL 35219-0888. Ballots must be received by December 27, 2007. Ballots MUST have your label on the opposite side to be valid. Don’t Delay——VOTE TODAY!!!

If you are interested in serving on the board for ARCEA (Alabama Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators) in 2008, please contact Eddie Albright (President Elect) via e-mail:

Committee chairs and members are being assigned for next year’s activities—2008. These committees include the following: Membership, Ways and Means, Newsletter, Constitution and ByLaws, Awards, Nominations and Elections, Historical If you are moving or have recently moved, don’t forget to let NRA/ARA know. We want you to receive your mail outs from NRA and ARA at your new address. You may do so by contacting Steve Autrey by e-mail and he will get it changed…. (

Ask a fellow counselor, an intern or other individual working in the field to join NRA/ ARA AND RCEA/ARCEA. Dues for NRA are $126 annually ($35 for students) with RCEA dues being $45 annually ($20 for students) . You can get a membership application from any ARCEA member. Remember the applications are mailed to Steve Autrey, not NRA.

ARCEA Newsletter Mary Browning, Editor 520 West Thomason Circle Opelika, Alabama 36801

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