Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award &
Garry W. Walz Trailblazer Award
A. Dean Porter has spent the past 19 years leading the efforts to license professional clinical counselors in California. She served as the executive director of the California Registry for Professional Counselors for 13 years and as the president of the California Coalition for Counselor Licensure for 8 of those years. Once licensure was achieved in 2010, the California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors was established, and Dean has served as the executive director for the past 6 years. Dean has been a member of the American Counseling Association for 31 years and was a national certified counselor and a national certified career counselor for 26 years. She had her own career counseling practice in Long Beach, California, for 12 years. Dean is a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB). She holds a master’s degree in counseling with a specialty in adult career development. Dean has been an instructor at Long Beach City College and at CSULB.