Whereas, Counseling is a distinct faculty discipline within the faculty Disciplines List;
Whereas, A counseling discipline ensures professional education and training at the Master's level leading to appropriate counseling knowledge, competencies and skills;
Whereas, There is no statewide definition of, or limitations on, the role of the counseling/advising paraprofessional; and
Whereas, Some districts are replacing counseling faculty with counseling/advising paraprofessionals;
Resolved, That the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges direct the Executive Committee in consultation with counseling faculty, to recommend standards for counseling paraprofessionals to the Board of Governors that define the role and scope of persons in paraprofessional counseling positions and ensure that the professional counseling services are not being provided by paraprofessionals.
M/S/U DISPOSITION: Executive Committee, Board of Governors, CCCCA