Candidate Information - Michael M. Kocet

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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Doctor of Philosophy, Counselor Education, University of Arkansas (2001)
Master of Arts in Counseling, Cognate: College Student Personnel/Student Affairs, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio (1994)
Bachelor of Liberal Studies, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio (1993)

Certification and licenses

Licensed Mental Health Counselor (Massachusetts) License #5664
National Certified Counselor (NCC) Certification # 69202
Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) Certification

Current position

Professor and Department Chair, Counselor Education Department, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, Illinois (2015-Present)

Professional experience

Professor and Department Chair, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2015-Present)
Volunteer Therapist, The Center on Halsted (LGBTQ Community Center, Chicago) (2016-Present)
Associate Professor Department of Counselor Education, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, Massachusetts (2002-2015) and Department Chair (2007-2009 & 2013-2015),
Adolescent Group Therapist, Arbour Fuller Hospital, S. Attleboro, Massachusetts (2002-2009)
Clinical Therapist, Millwood Hospital and Pride Institute, Dallas, Texas (2001-2002)
Counselor-in-Residence, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas (1997-2001)
Residence Hall Director, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York (1994-1996)

Association experience

ACA Governing Council Representative, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling (2015-Present)
Executive Board Member, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) (2011-2013 & 2014-2017)
Chair, Joint Task Force on The Ethical Implications of Working with Sexual and Affectional Minorities, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling and Association for Spiritual, Ethical, Religious Values in Counseling (2016-2017)
Member, ACA Anti-Bullying & Interpersonal Violence Taskforce (2015-2016)
President, Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) (2009-2010), President-elect ALGBTIC (2008-2009), Past President (2010-2011), ALGBTIC Board Trustee (2005-2008)
Co-chair, Task Force on Sexual Minority Youth in Schools (2004-2006)
ACA Ethics Committee (2001-2007), Co-chair ACA Ethics Committee (2002-2004)
Chair, ACA Code Revision Task Force (2002-2005)

ACA/Divison/Branch membership

Illinois Counseling Association

Awards and honors

Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling Mentor Award (ALGBTIC) (2015)
Presidential Award for Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice, Bridgewater State University (2015)


(Partial list)
Sheperis, D., Henning, S., & Kocet, M. (2016). Ethical decision-making for the 21st century counselor. Sage Publications.
Kocet, M. (Ed.) (2014). Counseling gay men, adolescents, and boys: A guide for helping professionals and educators. Routledge Press.

Book chapters/journal articles:
Finnerty, P., Kocet, M., Lutes, J., &Yates, C. (2017). Counseling treatment issues with LGBTQI+ clients Part I: Disaffirming therapy, The ascent & descent of sexual orientation change efforts, In M.M.  Giancola, C. Smith, & J. Filmore (Eds.). Affirmative counseling for LGBTQ+ individuals.  American Counseling Association.
Kocet, M. (2014). The role of friendships in the lives of gay men, adolescents, and boys. In M. Kocet (Ed.). Counseling gay men, adolescents, and boys: A strengths-based guide for helping professionals and educators. Routledge.


(Partial list) Over 57 national peer refereed presentations)
Kocet, M., Dailey, S., McCullough, K., & Romesberg, L. (March 2017). Cakes, counselors, and conscience: Managing ethics, laws, and value-based conflicts. American Counseling Association Annual Conference. San Francisco, California.
Kocet, M. (2016). Empowering LGBTQ counselors to work affirmatively with spiritual and religiously conservative clients. Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) National Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

Community service

Volunteer Clinician, Center on Halsted (LGBTQ Community Mental Health), Chicago (2016-Present)
Healing Circle Leader, Comfort Zone Camp (bereavement camp for children) (2010-Present)
Counselor and Clinical Supervisor (Pro-bono), GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, Boston (2009-2015)

Qualifications and reasons for seeking office

I am very honored to be nominated for President-elect of the American Counseling Association. I have been a member of ACA since 1994. I have had the privilege of serving in various roles within ACA, including Governing Council Representative, President of the Association for LGBT Issues in Counseling, Board member for the Association for Spiritual, Religious, Ethical Values in Counseling, Chair of the ACA Ethics Committee and various task forces and committees. One of the highlights of my professional career to date was when I was asked to chair the task force that revised the 2005 ACA Code of Ethics. Professional ethics is an area that I am passionate about and it was an honor to serve ACA by helping develop ethical standards that impact professional counselors nation wide. The colleagues that I got to serve with while revising the code of ethics are some of the most prominent ethics and multicultural experts in our field and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with all of them. Due to my service over the years in various capacities in ACA, I have had the pleasure of working directly with many past ACA Presidents, who have been wonderful role models to me. I know the dedication it takes to serve our national association in this way. As a leader in ACA I have worked diligently to foster strong relationships with individuals from many divisions, committees, and groups within our association. I am a collaborative leader and would focus on tapping into people’s interests, strengths, and talents and how those can best be integrated into the work of our association. I would bring energy, creativity, and passion to my work as ACA President.