UNCG’s Counseling and Educational Development Department, Faculty, Students and Alumni Receive High Accolades at National Counselor Education Conference
Counseling and Education Development faculty members receive the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award at the 2013 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference in Denver.
The Counseling and Education Development (CED) department in the UNCG School of Education received national recognition during the 2013 Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) bi-annual conference, held October 17-20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. Ranked as the third-highest graduate counseling program in the country by the 2013-2014 U.S. News & World Report, the CED department was selected by ACES as this year’s recipient of the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award, which honors a counselor education program that exemplifies the importance of excellence through standards and innovation. The Department was selected due to the outstanding research and mentorship of its faculty and the strength of its accredited programs and clinical services, being described by nominators as “among the best in the field”.
CED students Melissa Fickling, Bradley McKibben, and Allison Marsh Pow participate in the ACES Emerging Leaders forum.
In addition, CED faculty, students and alumni were presented with the following honors during the ACES Conference:
- CED professor James M. Benshoff received the ACES Professional Leadership Award, which honors excellence in leadership by an officer, committee person, or other leader or major contributor to ACES at the state, regional, or national levels. Dr. Benshoff has served as President of both Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) and ACES as well as the Chair of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Board of Directors. As a leader, his supporters have noted his “insistence that he is no more than one voice among many”, approaching challenges with quiet deliberation and a “steadfast conviction to consider all sides of issues.” As an international leader through NBCC, Dr. Benshoff has impacted the promotion of the counseling field abroad through initiatives in Bhutan, Malawi, South Africa, and Latin America.
- CED professor Jane Myers received the ACES Lifetime Achievement Award, which is awarded to a counseling professional who demonstrates extraordinary teaching and academic excellence, significant publication and research history, commitment and service to ACES through leadership and advocacy, and outstanding commitment to the advancement of Counselor Education and Supervision. Described as “a prolific scholar, gifted teacher, and passionate champion of the counseling profession”, Dr. Myers’s career in the counseling profession spans over four decades as a counselor and educator and includes a wealth of contributions to scholarly publications, professional service, as well as a recipient of over 40 awards throughout her career.
- CED doctoral student Bethany Garr received a Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES) grant in support of her dissertation during the conference.
- CED doctoral students Melissa Fickling, Bradley McKibben, and Allison Marsh Pow were selected to participate in the ACES Emerging Leaders workshop.
- CED Alumni Drs. Carrie Watcher Morris and Casey Barrio Minton received the Oustanding Counselor Education and Supervision Article award for their co-authored article published in CE&S last year.
- In addition, 11 faculty, 16 doctoral students, and 59 alumni provided 102 programs/presentations at the ACES Conference.
CED student Melissa Fickling participates in a poster session with CED faculty member Dr. Keith Mobley at ACES conference.
The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) emphasizes the need for quality education and supervision of counselors in all work settings. Through the accreditation process and professional development activities, ACES strives to continue to improve the education, credentialing and supervision of counselors. The ultimate purpose of the Association, in accordance with the purpose of the American Counseling Association, is to advance counselor education and supervision in order to improve the provision of counseling services in all settings of society.
The students and faculty of the UNCG Department of Counseling and Educational Development are a diverse community of learners collaboratively engaged in research, scholarship, leadership, and service in the counseling profession. Our collective goals are to prepare professional counselors committed to providing culturally competent counseling services that enhance the mental health and well-being of families, groups, couples, and individuals across the lifespan, and to advocate on behalf of our clients and our profession. In support of its national standing, the Department seeks to advance the field through its educational goals, scholarly/research efforts, and professional leadership.
For more information on the Department of Counseling and Educational Development at UNCG, please visit http://ced.uncg.edu/.