Candidate Information - Judy Daniels

The five candidates vying to become the American Counseling Association’s next president-elect were asked to provide their answers addressing several issues of importance to the association and the counseling profession. Additional information for each candidate, including biographical information, qualifications and reasons for seeking office, is published online here. Online voting for all ACA, division and region elections will begin Dec. 1.

Editor’s note: The following answers are published as the candidates submitted them. They have not been edited.

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Ed.D., Vanderbilt University
M.A., University of Alabama 
MSSW, University of Tennessee
B.A., Washington University

Certification and licenses

Certified Rehabilitation Counselor

Current position

Professor, Rehabilitation Counselor Education Program, University of Hawaii

Professional experience

Counselor Educator, 1990-2017 (school/community/rehabilitation counseling)
Worked with college athletes and high school students doing performance enhancement/counseling/group work, (1997-2014)
Provided career/vocational education/counseling services for individuals chronically unemployed, (1991-1995)
Conducted counseling and advocacy services at a community mental health center which focused on resolving conflicts with at-risk families, (1990-1992)
Program director for a youth service agency and other positions, (1981-1988)

Association experience

ACA Governing Council Representative, (2012-2018)
ACA Governing Council Executive Committee, (2016-2018)
Co-Chair, Governing Council Task Force on Professional Identity and Membership Employment
Governing Council Portability Task Force
Governing Council Liaison, ACA Human Rights Committee, (2013-2017)
President, Counselors for Social Justice (president elect/past president), (2009-2012)
Board member, Counselors for Social Justice, (2009-2018)
President, Hawaii Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, (1994-1995)
Charter President and Board Member, Hawaii Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, (1993-1997)
Board member, Hawaii Counseling Association, (1993-1995)
Co-chair, ACES Multicultural Interest Group Committee, (1999-2001)
Co-chair, Strategic Planning Committee for the Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, (1997-1998)
Chair, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors Human Rights Committee, (1997-1998)
Member, Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Futures Committee, (1996-1997)
Strategic Planning Committee, Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development, (1994-1995)

ACA/Divison/Branch membership

ACA Lifetime member
ACA Western Region member
Founding member, Counselors for Social Justice
Association for Specialists in Group Work 
National Employment Counseling Association
National Career Development Association
National Rehabilitation Association Lifetime member
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision 
Western Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
Hawaii Counselors Association

Awards and honors

The ACA Dr. Judy Lewis Counselors For Social Justice Award, (2015) 
Thought Field Therapy Service Award, (2013)
The Counselors for Social Justice Mary Smith-Arnold Anti-Oppression Award, (2010)
The ACA Fellow Award, (2006)
The Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award, (2004)
University of Hawaii, College of Education Teaching Excellence Award, (2004)
The ACA Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person, (2002)
University of Hawaii Men’s Basketball Team service award, (2000, 2001, 2004)
University of Hawaii Presidential Citation in Recognition of Outstanding Merit in Teaching, (1994)
President’s Citation Award from the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, (1992)


4 books
55 Refereed Articles/Book Chapters
56 Scholarly Publications
Topics include: Multicultural Counseling, Social Justice Counseling, Homeless children and Implications for School Counseling, Community Counseling, Group Counseling, Organizational Development, School Counseling, Employment and Career Counseling, Human Development, Loss, Advocacy, Relational Cultural Counseling, Oppression/Racism, Performance Enhancement and Sport Counseling


124 National/International Conference Presentations
Topics (see publications topics)

Community service

Primary organizer for ACA’s Community Service Project at the New Orleans Conference involving 300 ACA members  
Organizer for CSJ convention service projects
Volunteered in K-12 schools in Hawaii providing guidance services 
Volunteered in a clubhouse setting with adults with psychiatric diagnoses 
Conducted Thought-Field Therapy community interventions
Appointed Co-chair of the Health Disparities Committee for Division 45 of the American Psychological Association, (2000-2001).
Editorial board reviewer 

Qualifications and reasons for seeking office

I am a life time member and Fellow of ACA, with 30 years of experience in the profession. Specific qualifications include: founding member and past president of Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ), president of various state branch divisions (AMCD and ACES) and serving on my state branch board. Through these experiences, I understand the concerns and aspirations of the branches, the divisions, and ACA as a national organization. I have also served on the ACA Governing Council (GC) for 2 three-year terms and on the GC Executive Committee for two terms. Further, I have been appointed to two GC taskforces, one for which I co-chaired. These experiences have supported my understanding of ACA’s strengths and challenges as a national counseling membership organization, and how to use our assets to position our organization for the future. As a counselor educator for almost 30 years, I focused on school counseling early in my career, and more recently, I have taught in a rehabilitation counselor education program and I am a certified rehabilitation counselor. This varied and expansive set of experiences at all levels of the association and within the profession provides a diverse and comprehensive background to serve ACA.
I seek the presidential office to serve the association through skillful leadership, an empowering vision, and a seasoned understanding of the profession. At the heart of my work are social justice and multicultural counseling principles, with a foundation in life span human development, prevention, empowerment, advocacy, and human rights. I look forward to: a) Developing stronger linkages between branches, divisions, and ACA; b) Addressing diverse members’ career goals through cutting edge education/training; c) Creating new ways for members to become involved in advocacy and service in their local communities, nationally, and internationally; and d) Creating an ACA Emerging Leaders and Advocacy Training Program.