IARP – Louisiana is moving forward with changes to better address the needs of our membership.
One of the first changes is our request to the LLPVRC Board of Examiners to adopt the CRC Professional Code of Ethics. The most recent version of the CRCC Code of Professional Ethics became effective January 1, 2017 and is updated approximately every five years. It represents the gold standard for our profession and is used nationally. Our current LRC Code of Ethics was originally promulgated in 1989 and updated only once approximately 10 – 15 years ago. The CRC Professional Code is more comprehensive, and maintains its relevance through continuing surveys and reviews by Certificants, leading to appropriate revisions as needed. For example, the new CRC Professional Code better addresses electronic communication, confidentiality/privileged communication, forensic services and professional responsibilities. IARP’s sub-Committee on Ethics, whose members included Sy Arceneaux, Sherylann Bennett, Nancy Favaloro, Cindy Harris and Larry Stokes, reviewed multiple Codes of Ethics before recommending adoption of the CRCC Professional Code. Their recommendation was affirmed by the full IARP Board and then by the general membership in April. The IARP – Louisiana Board will follow up with the Licensure Board to offer assistance, answer any questions they may have and promote this needed revision. The Licensure Board has acknowledged our request and we look forward to working with them for this needed change.
At our recent conference in April, LSU professors Drs. Erin Dugan, Krystal Vaughn and Kellie Camelford gave an ethics presentation. There was significant interest on both sides to continue our dialogue with the university. Dr. Vaughn is seeking guest instructors for two separate classes, specifically the research and group therapy classes. Some of our members will be taking advantage of the opportunity to share their experience and wisdom with our emerging professionals. We will look for additional ways to be involved with the university to enhance our working relationship.
The Board is determined to bring the best practices of private rehabilitation to our members in Louisiana. To that end, we are changing the delivery of our educational program. We are expanding the annual conference, and eliminating the legislative conference. We will include insurance/administrative issues in the annual conference, which were previously addressed at the legislative conference. Our goal is for the annual conference to be recognized as the best venue for professional rehabilitation training in the region. We will try to hold the conference at the same time each year, so that our members can better plan their continuing education. We anticipate that our next conference will be in early March 2018. We have begun sending Request for Proposals for both speakers and exhibitors for our annual conference. If any IARP members across the country are interested in presenting, please contact us to obtain a Speaker proposal. Michael Scullin (firstname.lastname@example.org is the Conference Chair and Todd Capielano (email@example.com) is the Exhibitor Chair. We look forward to hearing from you. We all need to participate in this process to develop a conference that represents the best of us.
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