ACC Annual Awards
The Samuel T. Gladding Inspiration and Motivation Award
This award, established at the 2008 American Counseling Association Convention in Hawaii, recognizes an individual whose example, encouragement and inclusive practice inspire and motivate others to use creativity in its various forms in counselor education and clinical practice. The recipient of this award:
Recognizes humility as a virtue
Collaborates with others to build bridges
Recognizes that creativity is a universal quality experienced by everyone
Invites others to share their creativity in the service of the greater good
Facilitates creative expression through growth-fostering connections and cooperation
The Thelma Duffey Vision and Innovation Award
This award, established at the 2008 American Counseling Association Convention in Hawaii, recognizes an individual whose vision and innovation have advanced the practice of counseling and counselor education by discovering and promoting creative interventions and resources through innovative and collaborative practice, publication or leadership. The recipient of this award:
• Displays passion, vision, creativity, and future thinking
• Demonstrates a commitment to mentoring in leadership
• Fosters innovative and applied writing or publication
• Promotes cutting-edge practice
The Lisa S. Sosin ACC Spirit Award
This award, established at the 2022 ACC Conference, recognizes a specific member of ACC who has consistently demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the values of ACC to promote counseling approaches that support mutually supportive, positive, growth-fostering relationships and to commit to researching and defining relational competencies that facilitate good-will, empathic personal and professional connections, and the appropriate use of power. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated a contagious energy and spirit reflect of the ACC.
ACC Professional Service Award
This award honors outstanding service to ACC and to the promotion of creativity in counseling practice. Consistent with the mission of ACC, the nominee must promote greater awareness, advocacy, and understanding of creativity in counseling and advance creative, diverse, and relational approaches to counseling within the profession.
ACC Research Award and Grant
This award recognizes a research project that addresses issues related to creative, diverse, and relational approaches to counseling. Attach summary of research and relevance to the profession related to creativity in counseling. Nominee must be a current member of ACC.
ACC Graduate Student Award and Grant
This award recognizes an outstanding ACC graduate student member at the masters or doctoral level who has participated in promoting creative, diverse, and relational approaches to counseling or whose scholarship promotes creative, diverse, and relational expression in counseling.
ACC Emerging Leaders
The ACC Emerging Leaders program was developed to allow student and new professional leaders to become active and contributing members of ACC while receiving mentorship and developing leadership skills for the future of this division of ACA. A master’s level student, doctoral level student, and new professional (one in each category) will be selected as ACC emerging leaders each year.