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ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

Tim Spearin, Vice President, Quality Assurance

ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions has been accredited by the Council on Accreditation (COA) since 1996.  Reaccreditation attests that a member organization continues to meet the highest national operating standards as set by the COA.  It also provides assurance that ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions is performing services which the community needs, conducting its operations and funds successfully.
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Purpose

Individuals and families who participate in Counseling, Support, and Education Services identify and build on strengths, develop skills to manage situational change, access appropriate community support and resources, and improve functioning in daily activities at home, at work, and in the community.

CSE 9: Personnel: Additional Requirements for Counseling and Support Services

Personnel providing counseling and support services are qualified by education, training, and experience.

NA The organization does not provide counseling and support services.

Rating Indicators
1
All elements or requirements outlined in the standard are evident in practice, as indicated by full implementation of the practices outlined in the Practice standards.
2
Practices are basically sound but there is room for improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g., 
  • With some exceptions, staff (direct service providers, supervisors, and program managers) possess the required qualifications, including: education, experience, training, skills, temperament, etc., but the integrity of the service is not compromised.
    • Supervisors provide additional support and oversight, as needed, to staff without the listed qualifications.
    • Most staff who do not meet educational requirements are seeking to obtain them.
  • With some exceptions staff have received required training, including applicable specialized training.
    • Training curricula are not fully developed or lack depth.
    • A few personnel have not yet received required training.
    • Training documentation is consistently maintained and kept up-to-date with some exceptions.
  • A substantial number of supervisors meet the requirements of the standard, and the organization provides training and/or consultation to improve competencies.
    • Supervisors provide structure and support in relation to service outcomes, organizational culture and staff retention.
  • With a few exceptions caseload sizes are consistently maintained as required by the standards.
  • Workloads are such that staff can effectively accomplish their assigned tasks and provide quality services, and are adjusted as necessary in accord with established workload procedures.
    • Procedures need strengthening.
    • With few exceptions procedures are understood by staff and are being used.
  • With a few exceptions specialized staff are retained as required and possess the required qualifications.
  • Specialized services are obtained as required by the standards.
3
Practice requires significant improvement, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards.  Service quality or program functioning may be compromised; e.g.,
  • One of the Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.
  • A significant number of staff, e.g., direct service providers, supervisors, and program managers, do not possess the required qualifications, including: education, experience, training, skills, temperament, etc.; and as a result the integrity of the service may be compromised.
    • Job descriptions typically do not reflect the requirements of the standards, and/or hiring practices do not document efforts to hire staff with required qualifications when vacancies occur.
    • Supervisors do not typically provide additional support and oversight to staff without the listed qualifications.
  • A significant number of staff have not received required training, including applicable specialized training.
    • Training documentation is poorly maintained.
  • A significant number of supervisors do not meet the requirements of the standard, and the organization makes little effort to provide training and/or consultation to improve competencies.
  • There are numerous instances where caseload sizes exceed the standards' requirements.
  • Workloads are excessive and the integrity of the service may be compromised. 
    • Procedures need significant strengthening; or
    • Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
  • Specialized staff are typically not retained as required and/or many do not possess the required qualifications; or
  • Specialized services are infrequently obtained as required by the standards.
4
Implementation of the standard is minimal or there is no evidence of implementation at all, as noted in the ratings for the Practice standards; e.g.,

For example:
  • Two or more Fundamental Practice Standards received a rating of 3 or 4.

Table of Evidence

Self-Study Evidence On-Site Evidence On-Site Activities
    • Program staffing chart that include lines of supervision
    • List of program personnel that includes:
      1. name;
      2. title;
      3. degree held and/or other credentials;
      4. FTE or volunteer;
      5. length of service at the organization;
      6. time in current position
    • Job descriptions
    • Table of contents of training curricula
    • Training curricula
    • Documentation of training
    • Interview:
      1. Supervisors
      2. Relevant personnel
    • Review personnel files

  • CSE 9.01

    Personnel providing counseling and support services must have an associate’s degree in a human services field and/or appropriate training and experience.

    Interpretation: Personnel degree qualifications should be appropriate to the services being provided. 


  • CSE 9.02

    Personnel demonstrate competence in following, as appropriate:

    1. methods of crisis prevention and intervention;
    2. identifying the needs of abused and neglected children and adults;
    3. understanding child development, and individual and family functioning;
    4. criteria to determine the need for more intensive services;
    5. evidence-based practices and relevant emerging bodies of knowledge; 
    6. ecological or person-in-environment perspectives;
    7. working with difficult to reach, traumatized, or disengaged individuals and families; and
    8. collaborating with other disciplines and community resources.

    Interpretation: Depending on the service population, personnel may need to be trained on recognizing the presence of physical health, mental health, and/or substance use conditions in order to determine when service recipients require more intensive services. 

    Interpretation: Training on evidenced-based practices and theories will vary given the program design and identified service population.

    Research Note: Ecological or person-in-environment perspective views social, cultural, environmental, historical, and economic factors as critical in the development and resolution of personal and family problems.


  • CSE 9.03

    Supervisors of counseling and support services personnel are qualified by:

    1. at least two years of experience providing counseling and supportive services;
    2. a bachelor’s degree in a human services field; and
    3. training in staff supervision.

    Interpretation: Appropriate experience and specialized training can compensate for a lack of a bachelor’s degree depending on the program design. For example, in peer support programs, number of years’ experience providing peer support services, in addition to formal trainings and/or certifications, is more critical than level of academic degree.

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