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Counseling professors named to state, national leadership positions

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Three professors from the College of Education and Human Development’s Department of Counseling were recently named to leadership positions in both state and national counseling associations.


Dr. Heather Trepal, professor in the department, was named president-elect of the American Counseling Association (ACA). She previously served as president of the Association for Creativity in Counseling and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.


“I am extremely honored and humbled to have been elected as the American Counseling Association’s president-elect,” said Trepal. “This position means that I will be able to represent the counseling profession on the national level.”


Trepal will assume her new leadership position on July 1, 2018.


“I am very passionate about my profession. Through this role, I hope to be able to encourage advocacy for the counseling profession and for clients,” said Trepal.


Dr. Brenda Jones, clinical assistant professor, was named president of the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (TACES), a division within the Texas Counseling Association. She was elected to the position by members of TACES.


“I am honored to have participated in a statewide election and have earned the confidence of my peers in the counseling professional to lead the Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. I see it as a privilege,” said Jones. “This position serves as a mean of strengthening the counseling profession by providing forward-looking and progressive practice and professional development to counselors along with high quality leadership through supervision.”


As president, Jones is in charge of overseeing the association’s programming and community and advocacy efforts. Most recently, she, along with other TACES leaders, organized the TACES Mid-Winter Conference that was held in Austin earlier this month.


“I am dedicated to this position. I have aligned my efforts to the mission and vision of TACES,” said Jones. “I try to keep my hands at the pulse of counseling issues, facilitate growth and innovative initiatives to our membership, and continue a close, strong, and collaborative relationship with the Texas Counseling Association. As president, my vision is to provide a platform to use my initiatives as a vessel of larger ideas that will promote openness, flexibility, and effective communication as we respond to local, state, national, and global concerns.”


Dr. Michael Moyer, associate professor in the department, was recently elected to serve as president of the Texas Counseling Association.


“I am honored to work with my colleagues and students in the Department of Counseling,” said Trepal. “Having Mike elected to serve as the president of our state branch of ACA, and Brenda elected to serve as the president of TACES is a testimony to their leadership history within these organizations and the profession. We also have many students who are members of professional counseling organizations and contribute to their work on behalf of the profession.”






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