Awards

AARC proudly recognizes the outstanding contributions of its professional and graduate student members through its annual awards program. Each year, the organization bestows four awards on deserving members based on their scholarly pursuits and/or dedicated service to the profession.

 

Donald Hood Student Research Grant

AARC continues its commitment to excellence in scholarship and clinical practice through the awarding of the Donald Hood Student Research Grant. This annual grant program is designed to recognize and honor those who are seeking to complete research investigations that show promise for outstanding contributions to the counseling profession.

The recipient of the Donald Hood Student Research Grant will receive a cash award up to $500.00, a certificate of recognition, a free ticket for the AARC annual award luncheon, and acknowledgment of the award in AARC's various news outlets (NewsNotes and on the website).

If you would like to nominate yourself or a deserving colleague for Donald Hood Student Research, please send your nomination to Stephanie Crockett: crockett@oakland.edu

Please click Here for detail information and required materials of nomination.

Previous Award Recipients:

2015 Madeline Clark, Old Dominion University  
2014 Ashley Blunt, University of Central Florida  
2013 Christopher Christmas, University of Central Florida  
2012    
2011 Janeen Miller, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi  
2010 Kelly Emelianchik, Old Dominion University  
2009 L. Marinn Pierce, University of Tennessee-Knoxville  
2008 Erin Mason, Georgia State University  
2007 Laura Welfare, University of North Carolina at Greensboro  
2006 Amy Land, Georgia State University  
2005 Tamba-Kuii Bailey, Georgia State University  
2004 Danica Hays, Georgia State University  
2003 Randy Watts, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Reginald Tucker, Harvard School of Public Health
2002 Hung-Bin Sheu, University of Maryland  
2001 Simone Lambert, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Carl Sheperis, University of Florida

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AARC Journal Editor's Research Awards

Each year, the MECD Editor, CORE Editor, and the AARC Member-at-Large for Awards have the responsibility for selecting the Journal Editor's Research Awards. These awards are given to the author or authors of the manuscripts deemed to have made the greatest contribution to the professional literature.

Authors are eligible for the AARC/MECD Patricia B. Elmore Award for Outstanding Research in Measurement and Evaluation if their manuscript was published in Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development from July 1 to June 30 of the previous year. Recipient(s) will receive a cash stipend of $500.00, a plaque commemorating the award, and acknowledgement at the AARC annual awards meeting.

Previous Award Recipients:

2015

Philip Gnilka, DePaul University
Aryn Karpinski, Kent State University
Heather Smith, Kent State University

2014

Larry Ludlow, Boston College
Christina Matz-Costa, Boston College
Clair Johnson, Boston College
Mellisa Brown, Boston College
Elyssa Besen, Literty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
Jacquelyn James, Boston College

2013

Brad Erford and Kate Gavin, Loyola University Maryland

2009

Walter Anderson Jr., Private Practice
Sandra Lopez-Baez, University of Virginia

Authors are eligible for the AARC/CORE Outstanding Outcome Research Award if their manuscript was published in Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation from July 1 to June 30 of the previous year. Recipient(s) will receive a plaque commemorating the award and acknowledgement at the AARC annual awards meeting.

Previous Award Recipients:

2015

Robert Smith, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Brandé Flamez, Larmar University
Javier Cavazos Vela, The University of Texas at Brownsville
Stefani Schomaker, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Mary Allice Fernadez, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
Shanice Armstrong, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

2014

Shane Haberstroh, University of Texas at San Antonio
Thelma Duffey, University of Texas at San Antonio
Erin Marble, University of Texas at San Antonio
Nathaniel Ivers, Wake Forest University

2013

Stephen Lenz, University of Mempis
Michelle Perepiczka, New York Institute of Technology
Richard Balkin, exas A&M University—Corpus Christi

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Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation Visibility Award

Each year, the AARC Research Committee has the responsibility for selecting the recipient of the CORE Visibility Award. This award is given to the author or authors of the CORE article with the most promise for promoting the visibility of the CORE mission to counseling practitioners, site supervisors, consumers, and the general public. Such promotion is demonstrated through community partnerships and/or the potential for meaningful community impact through the practical application of research-based measures, interventions, diagnostic practices, or evaluation methods. 

 

Authors are eligible for the CORE Visibility Award if their manuscript was published in Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation from January 1 to December 31 of the previous year. Recipient(s) will receive a plaque commemorating the award and acknowledgement at the AARC annual awards meeting.

Previous Award Recipients:

2014

Stephen Lenz, University of Memphis
Garry Del Conte, Daybreak Treatment Center
Chloe Lancaster, University of Memphis
Laura Bailey, University of Memphis
Emily Vanderpool, Daybreak Treatment Center

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Exemplary Practices Award: Professional

AARC, through its Exemplary Practices Award, recognizes persons and programs which best exemplify the mission of the AARC. By annually giving this award to a person or program, AARC seeks to acknowledge the rendering of important service in assessment or examples of outstanding assessment practice which have significance for the counseling profession.

Nominees are not required to be members of AARC or ACA. Members of the Executive Council and the Exemplary Practices Award Committee and their programs are not eligible to be nominated during their terms of service.

If you would like to nominate yourself or a deserving colleague for Exemplary Practices Award, please send your nomination toStephanie Crockett: crockett@oakland.edu

Please click Here for detail information and required materials of professional nomination.

Previous Award Recipients:

2015 Award not Given  

2014

Glenn Lambie, University of Central Florida

The Counseling Competencies Scale

2013

Stephen Lenz, University of Memphis

Outcome Research

2012

Award Not Given

 

2011

Award Not Given

 

2010

Award Not Given

 

2009

Award Not Given

 

2008

Bradley Erford

Testing and Assessment Advocacy and Advancement (Lifetime achievement)

2007

Award Not Given

 

2006

David Jepsen

Career Development and Career Decision-Making (Lifetime achievement)

2005

Award Not Given

 

2004

Phil Lewis and Dave Rivkin

O*Net Career Exploration Tools

2003

Patricia Elmore and colleagues

Competencies in Assessment and Evaluation for School Counselors

2002

Thomas Harrington and Arthur O'Shea

Harrington/O'Shea Career Decision Making System-Revised

2001

Joint Committee on Testing Practices

Rights and Responsibilities of Test Takers: Guidelines and Expectations

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Exemplary Research and Practice Award: Student

AARC, through its Exemplary Practices Award, recognizes doctoral-level and master's-level students who have shown a dedication to the mission of AARC through their clinical practice (assessment/outcome research) or as a researcher leader.

Nominees are not required to be members of AARC but should have contributed significant levels of service and/or scholarly engagement consistent with the rendering of exemplary assessment or research practices. Members of the Exemplary Practices Award Committee are not eligible to be nominated during their terms of service.

The recipient will be highlighted in NewsNotes and awarded at the AARC annual conference. The recipient will be highlighted on the AARC website and will receive a complimentary one year membership to AARC.

If you would like to nominate yourself or a deserving colleague for Exemplary Practices Award, please send your nomination to Stephanie Crockett: crockett@oakland.edu

Please click Here for detail information and required materials of student nomination.

Previous Award Recipients:

Year Doctoral Level Master's Level
2015 Peeper McDonald, Georgia State University Christopher Missimo, Sam Houston State University
2014 Jessica Holm, University of North Texas Award Not Given
2013 Patrick Mullen, University of Central Florida Melanie Varney, University of Florida

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ACA Award Recipients Nominated by AARC

AARC Executive Council each year nominates our outstanding members to contend for the ACA National Awards.

The recipient will be highlighted in NewsNotes and awarded at the ACA Annual Conference.

Previous Award Recipients:

Year Award Recipient
2016 ACA Fellow Rick Balkin
ACA Research Philip Gnilka
David K. Brooks Jr. Distinguished Mentor Award Carl Sheperis
Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Dee Ray
Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visional Leadership and Advocacy Brad Erford
Kitty Cole Human Rights R. J. Davis
Best Practices-Practitioner Garry Del Conte
Samuel T. Gladding Unsung Heroes Award Earnest Airhia

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Emerging Leaders Program

The AARC Emerging Leaders Program was designed to provide graduate counseling students and new professionals early in their careers with cultivating experiences that support leadership skill and competency development.  Diverse opportunities for Emerging Leaders (ELs) include actively participating in AARC Executive Board meetings, serving on a committee and/or task force, engaging in projects of interest and presenting at conferences, receiving mentorship, building professional networks, and gaining exposure to the responsibilities associated with fulfilling elected leadership positions. Applicants who have exhibited exceptional leadership potential and who hold a willingness to serve AARC in a variety of roles for the betterment of the counseling profession and the consumers of counseling services are sought.

Emerging Leaders will receive free conference registration to the 2016 AARC Conference and be recognized at the awards ceremony.

Interested applicants should submit the following to Dr. Nicole Stargell at: nastargell@gmail.com  no later than May 25th, 2016.

Please Click Here for detail information and required materials of application.

 

Previous Award Recipients (Recipients of Emerging Scholars Award):

2014

David Johnson, University of Texas at San Antonio

2013

Award Not Given

2012

Stephen Lenz, University of Memphis
Christina Hamme Peterson, Rider University

2011

Jacqueline Swank, University of Florida
Gulsah Kemer, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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Supported Scholarship Program

The AARC Supported Scholarship Program was designed to identify and fund quality research programs that further the mission and vision of AARC. In particular, AARC is interested in proposals that reflect assessment development and counseling outcome research. Each awarded program should be completed within one year of the award and have clear potential implications for influencing public policy at the state, regional, or national levels. counseling students, counselors, counselor educators, and practitioner-scholars are highly encouraged to apply for this unique and re-occurring opportunity.
 

Please Click Here for more information about the grant, requirements, and evaluation criteria.

All submissions are due electronically by midnight on February 29th, 2016, and must be submitted to AARCResearchGrants@gmail.com.  Grant recipients will be publicly announced at the AARC reception in Montreal on April 1st, 2016.

Previous grant recipients:

Year

Recipients

Project

2016

PI:
Laura Shannonhouse, Georgia State University

Co-PIs:
Yung-Wei Dennis Lin, New Jersey City University
Nikki Elston, Georgia State University

Suicide Intervention Outcome Research in Public Schools: A Meaningful Community Engagement Study

PI:
Erika Schmit, Texas A&M University-Commerce

Co-PIs:
Jennafer Mountain
Michael Schmit
Anna Zapata

The Effect of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy on PTSD Symptoms, Adaptive Behaviors, and Physiological Symptoms

PI:
Shaywanna Harris, University of Central Florida

An investigation of the effects of Neurofeedback training on ADHD symptoms in college students

PI:
Kelley Holladay, University of Central Florida

A comparison of the mental health impact of trauma guilt, depression, and PTSD for survivors of cyber-sexual assault and physical assault

PI:
Elizabeth Crunk, University of Central Florida

Co-PIs:
Laurie Burke, University of Central Florida
Robert Neimeyer, University of Memphis
Mike Robinson, University of Central Florida

Coping Assessment for Bereavement and Loss Experiences (CABLE): Development and Initial Validation of a New Instrument

 

 

 

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Testimonial

Joshua C. Watson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS

Membership in AARC is a great way to become involved in the counseling profession. As a graduate student, AARC was one of the first counseling organizations I joined. Its members were quick to make me feel at home and let me know that my voice and participation were welcomed. In addition to meeting many colleagues whom I now call my friends, AARC helped me become a better advocate for the counseling profession.

Joshua C. Watson, Ph.D., LPC, NCC, ACS