The ACA Counselor Educator Advocacy Award recognizes a counselor educator for work in fostering an awareness of, and expertise in, advocacy among counseling students.

Background and Purpose

This award recognizes the importance of advocacy to the counseling profession. It is vital to the continued health and well-being of the counseling profession that its members become interested and engaged in the policymaking process, and feel comfortable and effective in doing so.

Deadline:  Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Judges:  ACA Public Policy and Legislation Committee
Prize: Complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included). Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference.

Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

  • Nominee must be a counselor educator.
  • Nominations will be evaluated on the basis of the nominee’s documented activities in fostering the development of legislative advocacy awareness, interest, knowledge and skills among counseling graduate students.
  • Nominations must come from an ACA member.
  • The nominee must be an ACA member.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • An individual can only be nominated for one award at a time.

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Nomination Guidelines

The total submission package for this award cannot exceed 16 pages in length. All nomination materials must be combined into one document (all formats accepted), with the nomination letter first.

Nomination letter: In the letter, identify the nominee and the specific award. Explain why you believe the nominee should receive the award by responding to the specific criteria outlined in the nomination guidelines. Keep in mind that the awards reviewers are relying on the information you provide to choose the most deserving recipient for the award. Please address each nomination guideline and make sure your nominee meets the award criteria and requirements. Brevity, clarity and specificity are most important here.

In your nomination letter, briefly:

  • Describe the programs, activities or accomplishments that you feel qualify the nominee for this award.
  • Describe the influences the nominee’s efforts have had on her or his students or graduate program.

Supporting materials: Include a nominee biography and a maximum of two letters in support of the nomination from others familiar with the nominee and her or his accomplishments. If there are additional materials (news reports, journal articles, etc.) that you feel help support the nominee’s achievements, please include a copy of them. You may also include a copy of the nominee’s curriculum vitae (CV) or resume of no more than four pages, highlighting the nominee’s relevant accomplishments, if available. Keep in mind that the total submission cannot exceed 16 pages in length.


**NOTE:  If this is the first time you have submitted a nomination, you must create an account.  The email and password for the awards submission system may or may NOT be the same as your ACA website email and password.  They are different systems, and are not linked.

Submissions must be received by Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

Send questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process HERE. 

Supported and sponsored by the American Counseling Association Foundation.

Previous Awardees

Shawn L. Spurgeon 

Richard Deaner, PhD, LPC

Matthew Mims, EdD, LMHP, LPC, NCC

Dr. Brandé Flamez

No award presented

Dr. Kirk Bowden

Dr. Victoria E. Kress