If You Are Chosen as a CSI Initiation Speaker:
Congratulations! To be asked to speak at a CSI initiation is an honor for the speaker as well as the initiates. For the initiates, this may be their first-ever recognition for achievement and encouragement for their continued excellence. This is tantamount to an award for each and every one since they were first reviewed by their faculty and peers, met the grade point average of 3.5 or better, show promise of continued excellence as a student and practitioner, and have accepted a specific personal invitation for them to join the chapter and CSI. We trust that you will enjoy this occasion as much as they do!
When preparing your remarks please take into consideration the mission of CSI and how best to communicate that mission to the new initiates. It might be useful to review the information under the About CSI tab on our web page. The mission is included, and is "to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.”
Initiates should be made aware of some basic information about CSI, such as:
- CSI was established in 1985
- More than 108,000 persons have been initiated through Spring 2016, making CSI one of the largest single member organizations of professional counselors in the world and has been adding 7,000 (+) new members per year.
- CSI has more than 15,000 active members.
- CSI has chartered over 370 chapters, with almost 280 remaining active.
- Over half of CSI’s currently active membership includes professional counselors.
- All CSI members have a primary professional identity as Professional Counselors.
- By joining CSI, initiates are confirming their own identity as Professional Counselors and joining a network of similarly trained and like-minded individuals with a commitment to excellence in our profession.
Reimbursement for Travel Related Expenses
Chi Sigma Iota may provide financial support (up to 50% of the travel expenses) to the chapters for initiation speakers when they are requested through and approved by CSI well in advance of the initiation. A chapter cannot receive financial support during two consecutive years. Speakers may therefore expect chapters to provide reimbursement for expenses incurred by traveling to and from the initiation. Reasonable expenses would include travel, accommodations, and meals.
Honoraria for speakers are not typically provided. Chapters should not expect you to conduct a professional workshop. If you agree to conduct a workshop in addition to the initiation, whether participant fees are charged or an honorarium is given to you as a presenter needs to be negotiated directly with the chapter. In such cases when fees or honoraria are paid, CSI will not provide funding.
If CSI is not assisting with funding, then negotiations are strictly between you and the chapter as with any other professional services agreement. You will want to be clear about your expectations in any such arrangement. We advise that the Chapter Faculty Advisor’s approval be included in any such agreement.
The chapter may collect receipts and reimburse you for your expenses directly. If you are receiving partial reimbursement for travel from CSI Headquarters instead of the chapter, please ensure that you submit a CSI Speaker Reimbursement Request Form for Speakers as soon as possible so that we can ensure timely reimbursement for you. We disburse travel funds as soon as we have corresponded with the chapter for verification. Should you encounter any problems, please feel free to contact CSI Headquarters and we will follow up. We want our speakers to be reimbursed in a professionally appropriate manner.
Finally, we know that we are fortunate to have you as a speaker! Thank you for taking time from a busy schedule to share your experience, enthusiasm, and commitment to excellence in the profession of counseling!