Ritchie received the award at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans. The Fellow designation recognizes American Counseling Association members with significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training, and who have made important contributions to the counseling profession.
“I am deeply honored because this is recognition from peers in the profession of my life’s work,” Ritchie said.
A licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor, Ritchie has trained counselors in both the United States and Australia. He has served as president of the Ohio Counseling Association, the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the Northwest Ohio Counseling Association. Ritchie also has served as editor of the journal Counselor Education and Supervision.
He recently was recognized nationally with the 2010 Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Ritchie cofounded the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors in 1985.
Currently, he serves as chair of the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the national accrediting body for counselor education programs.