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Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Doctoral Degree Students

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Background and Purpose

The American Counseling Association (ACA) Graduate Student Ethics Awards for Doctoral Degree Students recognize exceptional, demonstrable understanding of the ACA Code of Ethics, the foundation of ethical professional counseling practice.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 15, 2021, 11:59 PM EST

AWARD NOTIFICATION

Winners chosen and announced the week of March 15, 2021

JUDGES

Members of the ACA Ethics Committee

PRIZE

The names of the team members and the names of the institutions of the winning teams will be published in Counseling Today and CT Online.

First Place Award:

  • $100 honorarium and a certificate of recognition for each student team member.
  • Complimentary registration for the 2021 ACA Virtual Conference Experience, and recognition during the virtual event. Winners will receive further information at the time of award notification. 
  • Essay will be posted online.

Second Place Award: $75 honorarium and a certificate of recognition for each student team member.

Third Place Award: $50 honorarium and a certificate of recognition for each student team member.

Honorable Mention Award: Certificate of recognition for each student team member.

Sponsor: The American Counseling Association Foundation

ELIGIBILITY, RULES AND CRITERIA

  • Each student team member must be currently enrolled in good standing in a doctoral degree program in counseling or counselor education and must be enrolled for a minimum of three credits during the term when the competition will take place.
  • Each student and faculty member on a team must be a member of the American Counseling Association.

Expand lists below to read detailed criteria for doctoral student candidates

  • Teams

  • Students

  • Faculty

  • Rubric Requirements

HOW TO APPLY

  • Submit an essay addressing this year's essay prompt, found below.
  • Each team member must provide their American Counseling Association member number at the time of registration to enter the awards program. Incomplete registrations will not be accepted.
  • Registering on the American Counseling Association website to generate an ID number does not constitute membership. For information about membership, contact the membership department or call 800-347-6647.
  • By submitting an essay, teams and team members agree to allow their names and essay responses to be posted on CT Online.

Expand list below to read essay prompt for doctoral student candidates

  • Essay Prompt

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