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:
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Welcome to Members' Spotlight, where you get to introduce yourself to the many members and guests who visit our website on a daily basis. Click here for instructions on how to get on (it's pretty simple). Photos and webpage links are okay. Looking forward to seeing your smiling face here!
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.