General Awards 2021


Innovative Counselor Education Program Award - Counseling Program (Masters)
University of Wisconsin River Falls
The CACREP-accredited Counseling Program at the University of Wisconsin River Falls focuses exclusively on preparing K-12 school counselors for work in diverse settings. Foundational to the Counseling Program is the focus on recruiting and retaining school counseling graduate students who are members of historically underrepresented populations. The impact of these actions has meant a change from 2% underrepresented students in 2009-10 to an average of 26% over the last 5 years. Located on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota, we offer diverse opportunities for field placements, flexible degree planning, evening classes, and electives taught by practicing school counselors on current trends in the field. At all stages of the program, students practice and apply skills, notably early practice of counseling skills with K-12 students and research and program evaluation skills through partnership with local practicum sites. In summary, the UWRF (School) Counseling Program provides a rigorous, innovative education for students. Community partnerships speak to the Counseling Program’s reputation and promote opportunities for students to practice skills early and often in K-12 environments, conduct data analysis and presentation with real data and to authentic stakeholders, and to experience school counseling in urban, rural, suburban, charter, and private school settings.

Innovative Counselor Education Program Award - Counselor Education Program (Doctoral) 
Ohio University
The OHIO CE program faculty is committed to innovation and has demonstrated this by applying for and obtaining large federal grants. Within the past seven years, the program faculty were awarded four federal grants totaling approximately 5 million dollars.
Dr. Protivnak, Professor at Youngstown State University and Ohio University alumnus stated in his letter - Ohio University counseling students have a 100% employment rate. This highlights the quality work of Ohio University counselor educators in the recruitment, retention, and development of each counseling student who completes their program.
Dr. Lu, Assistant Professor at Rowan University and Ohio University alumnus said: I valued the diversity of the faculty at Ohio University. As an international student from Taiwan, I felt welcomed and valued for the experiences I brought with me into the program. I believe Ohio University is unique in having fostered an environment that helps all students thrive. I was encouraged to incorporate school counseling into my PhD program of study, contributing to my teaching to students in different specialty areas. The impact was evident as I received multiple offers and invitations during my job search.

Professional Leadership Award
Dr. Cassie Storlie - Kent State University
Dr. Cassie Storlie serves as the Doctoral Program Coordinator for the Counselor Education & Supervision program at Kent State University and has held a variety of state, regional, national and international leadership positions in the counseling profession. In the doctoral program, she traditionally teaches CES Residency seminar, Writing & Research in CES and Doctoral Internship. At the masters level, Dr. Storlie commonly teaches diagnosis in counseling, research methods and qualitative interviewing. She is ACES Secretary and the Associate Editor for the Journal of Counselor Leadership and Advocacy. Dr. Storlie has been awarded the NCDA’s Diversity Initiative Award, KSU Scholar of the Month, and most recently as EHHS Distinguished Faculty Researcher in 2020. She has recently been awarded Outstanding Mentor of the Year for OACES and KSU’s Advancing Diversity Award. She has been funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation for the past seven years for interdisciplinary work in career development and science education with Latinx/a/o youth. She was the primary editor, along with Dr. Barbara Herlihy, to the newly published book,
Counseling Leaders and Advocates: Strengthening the Future of the Profession. As a Latina, she is focused on social justice and advocacy efforts to support culturally responsive evidenced based practices in college and career readiness.

Outstanding Professional Teaching Award
Dr. Tonya Hammer - Oklahoma State University

Dr. Tonya R. Hammer is an Associate Professor of Counseling and Counseling Psychology at Oklahoma State University where she serves as the Program Coordinator for the master’s counseling program. She holds a Ph. D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and her master’s degree is in Psychology and Counseling from the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor. Dr. Hammer has been teaching in counselor education for approximately fourteen years. Dr. Hammer is the director of OSU Tulsa’s Body Image and Disordered Eating Lab (BIDE). Dr. Hammer is an active scholar with research interests in the areas of body image and eating disorders, humiliation and language particularly with regard to marginalized populations, relational cultural theory, and mentoring. She has served in numerous positions within the American Counseling Association (ACA) including serving as the 2016-2017 President of SAIGE, formerly ALGBTIC and as a past communications officer of Counselors for Social Justice and Treasurer of the Association for Creativity in Counseling. She is currently serving as the co-chair of NCACES Emerging Leaders Committee.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Madeleine Stevens - Ohio University

Madeleine M. Stevens is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Duquesne University’s Counselor Education program. Although she is a new faculty member within the NARACES region, she maintains professional counseling licensure in Ohio and is a proud alumna of NCACES institutions. Dr. Stevens attended Ohio University for her B. S. in journalism, and changed careers in 2016 to pursue her M. S. Ed. in counseling at Youngstown State University. She attended Ohio University again from 2018 to 2021 in order to obtain her Ph. D. in counselor education and supervision.
Dr. Stevens has provided outstanding service to the NCACES region. She currently serves as the editor of the Ohio Counseling Association’s Government Relations newsletter, has served on the NCACES Graduate Student Committee, and has conducted quantitative and qualitative research of master’s counseling students and practitioners within the NCACES region. Most recently, she studied constructs of research identity among master’s students in CACREP programs within the NCACES region. Dr. Stevens has also served as a supervisor and instructor within numerous NCACES counselor education programs.
Dr. Stevens is proud to be part of the NCACES region and its heritage of strong leadership. She hopes to inspire her students to engage in meaningful professional service work while pursuing their master’s and doctoral degrees.

Outstanding Diversity Award
Dr. Stacey Litam - Cleveland State University

Stacey Diane Arañez Litam (she, her, hers) Ph. D., LPCC-s, NCC, CCMHC, is an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Cleveland State University and a licensed professional clinical counselor. Dr. Litam is an award winning and nationally recognized researcher, educator, clinical counselor, and social justice advocate on topics related to human sexuality, sex trafficking, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) concerns. She is an immigrant and identifies as a Chinese and Filipina American woman.
As a researcher and scholar, Dr. Litam’s work has been published in prestigious academic journals such as The Journal of Counseling & Development, The Professional Counselor, The International Journal for the Advancement of Counselling, Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, The Journal of Sexual Aggression, The Journal of Counseling Sexology & Sexual Wellness, and The Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. She has facilitated over 100 presentations at the international, national, regional, and state level.
Dr. Litam has served as a content expert on topics related to human sex trafficking, AAPI concerns, and the psychological impact of anti-Asian discrimination during COVID-19 on platforms including National Public Radio (NPR), podcasts, media and news outlets, and in legislative arenas. Since May 2020, Dr. Litam has published 15 peer-reviewed publications on topics related to human sex trafficking, human sexuality, and multicultural issues in counseling.

Deanna Hawes Outstanding Mentor Award
Dr. Kristin Erickson - Bellevue University
Dr. Kristin Erickson is an Associate Professor in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Bellevue University. She has a Ph. D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from University of Wyoming, an MA in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from University of Colorado – Denver. Dr. Erickson is currently a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner in Nebraska and also holds a certification as a Professional Counselor. She is an Approved Clinical Supervision and also Board Certified in Biofeedback. As a counselor educator, Dr. Erickson has taught a wide variety of courses over the years, as well as some non-counseling ones. Dr. Erickson is especially passionate about mentoring students and supporting them through their intertwined personal and professional stretching, learning, and growing process. Looking for ways to enhance student’s learning experiences and connect with online students, she also provides experiential monthly self-care and wellness related Zoom workshops with applications for use with clients. Dr. Erickson has extensive clinical experience working with diverse clients of various cultural, socioeconomic, and spiritual/religious backgrounds. Although she has worked primarily in the field of college counseling and student affairs for 15 years, she has also worked in community agency, medical, church, and private practice settings. Working from an existential counseling theoretical framework, she is especially interested in helping clients with the meaning making process (i.e. making sense of suffering and the various challenges faced in life), working through every day anxiety, finding purpose and meaning, reaching one's full potential, living life more fully, and establishing authentic, genuine, and meaningful relationships with self and others. Dr. Erickson has 15 years of clinical supervision experience, of which two included developing and overseeing a counseling training clinic for master's level students in their practicum and internship phases of their counseling programs. Dr. Erickson's research interests focus on addressing taboo, stigma, and grief-related topics of disenfranchised populations.

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