In October Rhonda Williams, an assistant professor in Counseling and Human Services at the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, received the award for Colorado Counselor Educator of the Year.
In addition, Angie Jacobs, a UCCS student, received the Colorado School Counselor Association's Carol Hacker Scholarship.
"As a counselor educator, Rhonda is an innovator and tireless advocate for school counselors. Not only does she prepare new school counselors, but she keeps active and informed about today's issues of school counselors in Colorado. Her knowledge of the concerns of school counselors in the field is unsurpassed. Her professionalism is a model to all who know her," read the official announcement from the ceremony.
In addition to this award, Williams is currently the American School Counselor Association's Ethics Chairperson and Post-Secondary Vice-President. Also, she has a role in the initiation and implementation of Colorado Counselor Corps grants, is active in the Smart Girls Organization, and leads training sessions around the state for young educators for bullying prevention.
"The state of school counseling in Colorado is so much richer for her dedication, her expertise, and her commitment to the profession of school counseling," the announcement concluded.
Dr. David Fenell, chair of last year's ACA Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs, will co-lead a webinar discussion titled Treating Returning Service members: Are Mental Health Professionals Ready? He will be joined by Dr. Will Wilson, president of the American Psychological Association's Society for Military Psychology. The webinar is being hosted by Capella University. The discussion will be webcast live on October 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Time. ACA members are invited to pre-register for the webinar and participate online.
The discussion will include such topics as the mental health and re-entry needs of returning service members, veterans, and their families; the preparedness of mental health professionals and the community, and the role of education in addressing these issues. Webinar participants will be able to submit questions online during the live discussion. The discussion will also be archived and available later on the ACA web site.