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CPS students, faculty, alumni receive counseling awards

Several College of Education and Human Development students, faculty and alumni are recipients of 2016 awards from the American Counseling Association and Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society of professional counseling.

  • Graduate student Matthew Dooley was named the 2016 Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Entry Level Student Award recipient, which recognizes one student annually based on their academic performance and leadership in their local CSI chapter.
  • Graduate student Nikki Elston was named a 2016-2017 Chi Sigma Iota Leadership Fellow, an honor given to 10 students across the country.
  • Graduate student Rafe McCullough was named the 2016 recipient of the American Counseling Association’s Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award, which recognizes a graduate student in counselor education “whose dedication and academic work demonstrate excellence in the theory and practice of multicultural counseling,” according to the association’s website.
  • Graduate student Ashley Tolleson received an honorable mention for her submission to the 2016 Corey/Ivey Graduate Student Essay Competition.
  • Professor Catharina Chang was named an American Counseling Association Fellow, a designation given in recognition of “significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training.”
  • Alumnus Philip Gnilka (Ph.D. ’10) is one of three recipients of the American Counseling Association’s 2016 Research Award, given annually to recognize “high-quality, original research conducted by an ACA member (or an ACA member and other colleagues working in collaboration) in areas of interest to the counseling profession and the divisions or organizational affiliates of ACA.”

These award recipients will be honored during the American Counseling Association’s 2016 Conference and Expo in Montréal, Canada, this April.

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