Counseling and Human Services Department Honored with National Award

The Counseling and Human Services Department of the Syracuse University School of Education was recently selected as the recipient of one of two 2013 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Professional Identity Awards.

This national award of $5,000 honors the Counseling and Human Services Department faculty’s excellence in preparing qualified counselors and commitment to promoting professional identity.

“The Department of Counseling and Human Services is deeply honored to receive this award,” says Nicole Hill, professor and department chair. “Engaging in pedagogical, supervisory, scholarly, and leadership initiatives that highlight the professional identity of counselors ensures that we are preparing the next generation of counselors to be unified in their commitment to wellness, growth and development, prevention, social justice, and empowerment and in their delivery of impactful and meaningful counseling services to people in all contexts and at all life stages.”

The NBCC evaluates faculty and program responses on criteria it feels exemplifies going the extra mile to train and prepare the next generation of counselors.

“Receiving such recognition from the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) is a testament to the level of impact that our faculty have on the counseling profession at the international and national level,” added Professor Hill. “It celebrates our contributions to scholarship, service, leadership, and training – all of which serve to advance the profession.”

Syracuse University and Florida International University were the two recipients of this year’s NBCC Professional Identity Awards. The awards program has been in existence for five years, and 30 schools have competed during that time. The program has awarded 15 schools a portion of $63,000 since it began.