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UC Counseling Program Receives National Honor

Date: Feb. 20, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

The University of Cincinnati Counseling Program, College of Education, is a national leader in the profession. The program was selected for the Robert Frank Outstanding Program Award by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), a division of the American Counseling association. The UC Counseling Program's faculty and staff will be formally honored March 18 at the American Counseling Association World Conference in San Antonio, Texas.

The annual award is named in memory of University of Northern Iowa Professor Robert Frank for his contributions to the field of counselor education. The honor recognizes innovations in educating and supervising counselors.

Deanna J. Hawes, ACES awards committee chairperson, also pointed out the nationally recognized faculty and the program's new mission statement were important considerations in making the award. The program is one of only a few in the country to develop an "ecological approach" to training graduate-level counseling students, a direction that expands counseling into the examination of culture, family history and socioeconomic circumstances. UC counseling faculty spent the past year-and-a-half developing the curriculum for the program's new vision with the help of a $13,000 Faculty Development Grant.

Julia Larson, an alumna of the master's degree program and assistant director at UC's Career Development Center, nominated the program - citing its excellence in meeting academic, professional and ethical standards as well as the experience and guidance of faculty.

"This is a significant award for which we are grateful," says program director Robert Conyne. "We also want to thank students, faculty, staff, alumni, our Community Advisory Board, the College of Education and UC's central administration for the decades of wonderful work and support."

The UC program has a 45-year history of training professionals. Since 1993, the program has been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), an affiliate of the American Counseling Association.

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