Background and Purpose

Honoring Don Dinkmeyer, this award recognizes an individual or organization making a significant contribution in the counseling field in support of families and family members through:

  • The creation of materials that benefit families or counselors working with families, including contributions through publishing, the development of psychological education programs, editorial work, video or the media OR
  • Establishing or maintaining a program that makes a positive impact on families at the local, regional or national level. The award may recognize new programs or long-standing programs OR
  • Having followed a career that has shown clear evidence of dedication to the issue of families and of working with, and supporting, families.

Don Dinkmeyer was the founding editor of the Elementary School Guidance and Counseling journal.  His professional career as a counselor, counselor educator and author was devoted to helping families. His published materials include widely recognized works in parent education, elementary school curriculum, marriage enrichment and therapy materials and counseling programs.

Dr. Dinkmeyer believed that empowerment and encouragement occurs through education and skill training. He encouraged efforts to help families and family members through actions and deeds.

Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Judges:  ACA Awards Committee
Prize: $1,000 honorarium, complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included). Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference.
Sponsor: The American Counseling Association Foundation

Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

This award has been created to further social interest, the process of helping others for the common good.  It is intended to recognize individuals or organizations with actions and publications that have been vehicles of social interest, with a meaningful and positive influence on families and family life.

  • Nominations must come from an ACA member.
  • The awardee is not required to be an ACA member.
  • Nominations for school and community programs, as well as outstanding individuals, are encouraged.
  • An individual can only be nominated for one award per year. 

Nomination Guidelines

Submit a nomination of not more than three pages in length (additional appendices and exhibits are welcome). In it, briefly:

  • Describe the programs, activities or accomplishments that qualify the nominee for this award.
  • Describe the influences the nominee’s efforts have had on the population(s) the nominee seeks to serve, consistent with the award criteria and the concept of social interest.
  • Provide appropriate biographical information about the nominee, including how to contact the nominee. If the nominee is an organization, identify a contact person and provide contact information.

Nomination Checklist

  • Nominee Biography
  • Nomination Letter 
  • Supporting Materials
  • Maximum of two supporting letters


**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.

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