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LWC Students take first place in ACA Ethics essay competition

By Venus Popplewell

A group of Lindsey Wilson College doctoral students were recently awarded first place at the American Counseling Association Conference and Expo for their submission in a national ethics essay competition.

Connie Elkins from Richlands, VA, Sherry Miller from Louisville, KY, and Jay Tift from Brentwood, TN, were the three members of the winning team from LWC. They received their award in front of more than 4,000 guests at the ACA National Conference and Expo held in New Orleans on March 29. The team members are students in the LWC Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision Program which launched in 2014.

A team of students from LWC's Counseling & Human Development master's program also placed in the competition. Columbia natives Crystal Gayle Burriss, Lynnsey Rodgers-Oakes and Brianna Taylor received third place in the national competition. This is the second time LWC has placed in the master's category. The college placed first in 2015.


"Every year ACA hosts a national ethics essay competition. They do that in two categories, one for doctoral programs and one for master's programs," said LWC Director of Counselor Education & Supervision and team advisor Jeffrey Parsons. "The students are given an ethical scenario - some sort of difficult situation that needs to be resolved. And then the students use research, literature and their understanding of the standards and Code of Ethics to write a response."

"This is an exceptionally competitive and prestigious award," said Parsons. "Usually the teams that win the competition come from larger schools and are fairly well-regarded in the profession."

The students submitted their final materials in late fall 2018 and were notified by ACA of their win in February. As part of their recognition, the doctoral students' first place submission will be published in Counseling Today, the national publication for the counseling profession.

"This is an incredible accomplishment. A large number of students enter the competition each year and our students now have the recognition of placing first -- which is fantastic for them in terms of building their careers as counseling educators and leaders."


This story was posted on 2019-04-11 07:18:24
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Connie Elkins accepts award at ACA Conference



2019-04-11 - New Orleans, LA - Photo courtesy the American Counseling Association.
Three students from LWC's Doctorate of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision Program earned national recognition by placing first in an ethics essay competition hosted by the American Counseling Association.The Ph.D. students received their award at the ACA Conference and Expo held in New Orleans on March 29. Their submission will be published in Counseling Today, the national publication for counseling professionals. LWC launched its doctorate program in 2014.

Pictured, from left to right, CEO of the American Counseling Association Richard Yep, LWC Director of Counselor Education & Supervision Jeffrey Parsons and LWC doctoral student Connie Elkins from Richlands, VA. Team members not pictured: Sherry Miller from Louisville, KY, and Jay Tift from Brentwood, TN.

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