The Virginia Association of Clinical Counselors welcomes student members. You may have heard the saying, It's not what you know, it's who you know. We like to think it's both. So we intend to present as many opportunities for clinical development as possible. We also recognize that one of the most important tools in becoming successful is networking. VACC would like to help you with that too, and simultaneously help the profession by utilizing your talents.
Our student page will offer links to study groups for the LPC exam. It will also offer links to clinical supervisors. In addition, we will also be featuring links to Board members who are willing to answer questions you may have about the profession, the licensure process, or the business of private (or public) clinical practice. Other possibilities depend on your input as to what will help your professional and personal development.
One of the best ways to become successful is to broaden the number of people you know. Participation on our committees or conference planning will introduce you to influential professionals who are in position to assist you in finding jobs, arranging internships, and generally mentoring you.
Check back often, let's help each other.
The two $1000 fellowships are made available each year via a competitive essay contest. The fellowships are designed to ease the financial pressure of graduate school and being a counselor in residency. This year, the topic was “Therapy, Life, and Death.” Three VACC Board members (the Fellowship Committee) independently scored the essays via a standardized rubric.
The 2016 Winners are:
Jyotsana Sharma -- doctoral student at Virginia Tech
Caroline Strunk -- graduate student at George Mason University
Honorable Mention goes to:
Anne Metz -- JMU Counseling Doctoral Program
Chris Barnes -- graduate student at Longwood University
There were some very good essays among the 15 contestants, and we thank you for your effort, time, and inspiration. By next year, some of you will be licensed, but if you are not, we hope to see you in our contest. All the best to all of you!
Twelve contestants submitted essays for the two Linda Heacock Memorial Fellowships worth $1000 each. The 12 contestants, one male and 11 female, represented seven different graduate schools. ODU had three contestants. Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, and Regent University had two each. Also represented were Saybrook, Cappella, and Eastern Mennonite, each with one contestant. We appreciate each and every submission, and hope that each contestant learned something about themselves and the profession. This year’s topic was about whether it is necessary, or desirable, to have experienced one’s own psychotherapy (counseling) before providing therapy for others.
Our winners are:
VACC proudly offers two $1000 fellowships each year. The participants must be VACC members, student or otherwise, in the process of completing graduate school or working toward licensure. Participants are required to write an essay on a particular topic. Selection of the winners is determined by a panel of judges. The Linda Heacock Memorial Fellowships are named for a dear friend of the organization who was a helper and counselor in a number of settings over her life.
Please check back with us later for our next fellowship.
- Jyotsana Sharma -- doctoral student at Virginia Tech
- Caroline Strunk -- graduate student at George Mason University
- Honorable Mention goes to:
- Anne Metz -- JMU Counseling Doctoral Program
- Chris Barnes -- graduate student at Longwood University
- Gina Polychronopolus of Old Dominion University
- Randall Rhodes (Regent University)
- Brad Carmichael (Old Dominion University)
- Jenna Rhodes (Old Dominion University)
- Katherine Rosemond (Saybrook University)
- Hannah Bayne (Old Dominion University)
- Eve Montavon (George Mason University)
- Sonja Lorelle
- Zachary Taylor