ACA National Awards

Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award

The Garry R. Walz Trailblazer Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies a trailblazer in the counseling profession. One that has created an idea or concept that stands out both in originality and practicality and demonstrates a personal commitment to enact it. Nominations for this award are assessed by a selection committee that includes Garry Walz ($1,000 honorarium).

Presented to Lori Russell-Chapin

Chapin, LoriLori Russell-Chapin, PhD, LCPC, ACS, CCMHC, is a professor in the College of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University. Currently a codirector for the Center for Collaborative Brain Research, which is a partnership between Saint Francis Medical Center and the Illinois Neurological Institute, Dr. Russell-Chapin has written extensively and presented workshops regionally, nationally, and internationally on issues of clinical supervision, neurofeedback, epigenetics, brain-based counseling interventions, self-regulation, conflict resolution, and grief/loss. She has received numerous awards for teaching, innovation and research, and was recently named the Linda Seligman Outstanding Counselor Educator of the Year by the American Mental Health Counseling Association.