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Membership Eligibility

4.1 The following shall be deemed eligible for membership in the Society:

4.1.1 Students: Those students who are enrolled in a counselor education program leading to graduate degrees (Master's, specialist, or doctorate) or professional credentialing courses of study in counseling.

4.1.1.1 They shall have completed the equivalent of at least one full academic term (semester or quarter) of counseling courses carrying approved graduate credit as defined by the institution.

4.1.1.2 They must have maintained an overall scholastic grade point average of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 system), or the equivalent, while enrolled in the program.

4.1.2. Faculty: Faculty membership shall consist of individuals who have given evidence of distinguished scholarship and professional service to the profession of counseling or by a pattern of activities of scholarship and service which is deemed indicative of such for continued future contributions.

4.1.2.1 They must have maintained an overall scholastic average of 3.5 or better (4.0 system) or the equivalent while enrolled in their counselor education program (e.g., CACREP program).

4.1.2.2 Faculty members must be National Certified Counselors (NCC), board eligible with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) or equivalent state counselor credentialing body, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC), or graduates of Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or the Commission on Rehabilitation Education (CORE) counselor education accredited programs, or be credentialed by comparable standards as determined by the Executive Council. To qualify as an accredited program, the accreditation must have been granted prior to the graduation of the candidate.

4.1.3 Alumni: The following shall be deemed eligible for alumni membership in the Society: (1) Those individuals elected into the Society while they were students and, (2) those individuals elected into membership after graduation because membership into the Society was not available while they were students in their counselor education programs.

4.1.3.1 They must have maintained an overall scholastic average of 3.5 or better (4.0 system) or the equivalent while enrolled in their counseling program.

4.1.3.2 Alumni members must be National Certified Counselors (NCC), board eligible with the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) or equivalent state counselor credentialing body, Certified Rehabilitation Counselors (CRC), or graduates of CACREP or CORE accredited programs, or be credentialed by comparable standards as determined by the Executive Council. To qualify as an accredited program, the accreditation must have been granted prior to the graduation of the candidate.

4.1.4 Professional: Professional counselors may be elected to membership in the Society who did not have a chapter with which to affiliate while they were enrolled in a graduate counselor education program. Nominees for professional membership shall meet or exceed the criteria for nomination of the other categories of membership in 4.1.1 and 4.1.3 of these By-laws.

ARTICLE 5

SELECTION OF MEMBERS

5.1 A committee of members including faculty shall ensure that at least annually nominations for membership are submitted to Headquarters of duly qualified and chapter approved candidates. Such candidates shall be individuals who exhibit high standards of personal and professional excellence and shall support the purposes of the Society.

5.2 Membership within the Society is open to qualified candidates without regard to age, ethnicity, gender, disability, national origin, race, religion, and/or sexual orientation.

[from By-Laws, CSI International, http://www.csi-net.org]

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