Doctoral student selected leadership fellow of counseling honor society

May 9, 2014 | News, UToday, — Social Justice and Human Service
By Staff

Robin DuFresne, a second-year doctoral student in counselor education and supervision at The University of Toledo, is one of 10 Chi Sigma Iota members selected to participate in the international academic and professional honor society’s 2014-15 Leadership Fellow and Intern Program.

The 10 leadership fellows receive recognition, specialized leadership training, and financial support to attend Chi Sigma Iota activities held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Counseling Association.

Those selected exemplify leadership potential within their chapters.

DuFresne is president of the Alpha Omega Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at UT.

“We are thrilled that Robin received this opportunity. She served as our Alpha Omega chapter president in the 2013-14 academic year and acquitted herself admirably,” said Dr. John Laux, professor and chair of the UT School of Psychology, Higher Education and Counselor Education, who is Alpha Omega Chapter adviser.

“Robin is now the third consecutive Alpha Omega past-president to serve as a Chi Sigma Iota leadership fellow. This track record of success is a testament to Robin’s and the chapter’s leadership development,” he added.

“I am very excited to serve as a Chi Sigma Iota fellow,” DuFresne said. “It is an honor to be chosen as one of 10 fellows in the United States. I am particularly excited to be able to continue as the third fellow to be chosen from The University of Toledo Alpha Omega Chapter.”

DuFresne, an Ohio-licensed professional counselor and a nationally certified counselor, provides counseling services at Zepf Center in Toledo. She has 14 years of experience working with individuals diagnosed with developmental disabilities in residential settings.

“”This opportunity will allow me to serve the counseling profession at the state and national level, as well as the local level,” DuFresne said. “I am grateful to be able to give back to this profession through service and leadership.”

Leadership fellows must be members of Chi Sigma Iota and have the support of their chapter, including endorsement by the chapter faculty adviser, and a commitment for a matching fund award from their chapter.

The UT Alpha Omega Chapter was chartered in 1986. Alpha Omega has initiated almost 350 members to date and remains an active chapter in Chi Sigma Iota.

Chi Sigma Iota initiated almost 100,000 counselors and counselors-in-training since its establishment in 1985. More than 15,000 members remain active in more than 350 university-based chapters.

The mission of the nonprofit association is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.

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