The University of Toledo’s Counselor Education Program was recognized with several awards at the annual conference of the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.The University’s counseling program received the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award, which exemplifies the importance of excellence through the faculty’s commitment and contributions to the profession. The award also recognizes the faculty’s commitment to the program’s standards and improvement and influence on students, the University and the surrounding community.
Dr. Martin Ritchie, professor and chair of the Department of School Psychology, Legal Specialties and Counselor Education in the College of Health Science and Human Service, was one of two faculty members to receive an individual award.
Ritchie was the recipient of the Robert O. Stripling Award for Excellence in Standards, which is based on leadership in the advancement of standards for counselor education and supervision, program development and the enhancement of the profession.
“Receiving this award makes me feel like I have come full circle with accreditation and standards, as my doctoral adviser was on a committee with Robert Stripling and I currently have the honor of chairing the Board of Directors of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs,” Ritchie said.The North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Research Award was given to Dr. John Laux, associate professor of counselor education, for significant research in the profession.
His research focuses on the career, mental health and substance abuse counseling needs of mothers in the criminal justice system, as well as substance use among college students.
“I am very honored to receive this recognition. My research has been collaborative with my fellow faculty members and doctoral students,” Laux said. “The award validates our collective efforts.”
In addition to these awards, many faculty members gave presentations during the October conference, which was attended by three first-year UT doctoral students.
“We are so proud of the national recognition that our Counselor Education Program has received from our peers,” Ritchie said. “Some people still view the University as just another regional university of no particular distinction, but the truth is we have many outstanding programs, faculty members and graduates who earn national distinction.”