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August 5, 2004

Raymond Lawrence Updates Community on New Procedures Adopted by Executive Committee

August 2, 2004

To: Chapter Conveners and Members of the Community

From: Raymond J. Lawrence
General Secretary

I write to update you on new procedures that have just been authorized
by the Executive Committee.

We have changed the Certification committee to the Councils
Ratification Review Committee (CRRC).

We have done this in order to communicate that we are not creating a
corporate or pyramidal model of control over Chapter decisions. We are
not giving a gate keeping function to any committee. We are creating a
committee that should make the certification process more orderly and
less costly.

The CRRC will expedite certification in the transition from a Chapter
decision to the Councils ratification. The CRRC will save the Council
the task of reviewing carefully all new certifications, an impossible
assignment now that we are some 300 certified persons. If the CRRC is
unable to expedite a particular case, the CRRC will refer the matter
back to the respective Chapter Convener for clarification. Chapters may
then resubmit revised certification requests to the CRRC. Or the Chapter
may elect to present its petition directly to the Council. It is very
important that we keep this latter option open. There will always be at
least some idiosyncratic cases that will need to be reviewed by the
Council as a whole. And there will likely be certification requests
about which the CRRC is unable to reach a clear decision. There may be
instances as well where a Chapter does not accept the conclusions of the
CRRC. Council will receive such cases and act on them directly.

The Council may decline to act on cases where the Chapter has declined
to make an effort to use the CRRC.

It is important that Chapters attend to appropriate deadlines. The CRRC
will be unable to act on requests presented to it on short notice. Bill
Carr is the Chair of the CRRC, and he will announce deadlines as

We hope that the work of the CRRC will promote more attention to
discipline in the community without creating undue stress on anyone.

A basic principle in CPSP from the beginning was to take seriously the
process of certification. Our process is unlike any other similar
organization, and we must be diligent to see that the process is taken

We welcome all feedback and suggestions for improving the quality of our
life together as we attempt to maintain the highest professional

Thank you for your attention to this new procedure.

Posted by Perry Miller, Editor at August 5, 2004 1:27 PM

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