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Since it was founded in 1985, Chi Sigma Iota has placed a priority on leadership in counseling, especially on the development of leaders for the counseling profession. This commitment to leadership development is reflected in our strategic plan and is integral to the development and maintenance of strong CSI chapters.

Michael Brubaker2016-2017 Presidential Theme: Wellness Leadership

by Michael D. Brubaker, Ph.D.

This year’s presidential theme is entitled Wellness Leadership, a core, but often overlooked foundation of the counseling profession. While wellness has undergirded counseling practice across all specialty areas, it became even more central following the 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling group’s publication of a Consensus Definition of Counseling. Much credit for this theme can also be attributed to Dr. Tom Sweeney, CSI Executive Director Emeritus, who has identified how wellness has been neglected in many areas of our profession. Since these early conversations with Dr. Sweeney, many CSI members have shared their perspectives on wellness leadership, resulting in a number of suggestions for the current year’s charges and activities.

Members are invited to read the 2016-2017 CSI Presidential Theme Overview. After sharing the background about the need for wellness leadership, I will offer some of the initial suggestions for CSI shared by participants in the CSI Leadership Workshop held on April 1, 2016, at the ACA Annual Conference in Montreal, Canada.

2016-2017 Leadership Essay Contest: Co-sponsored by CSI and CACREP

Wellness Leadership in Organizations

For the third year, CSI and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) co-sponsored a Leadership Essay Contest. The two organizations have a strong history of mutual support and cooperative relationships, with a dual focus on enhancing the counseling profession through recognition of excellence in our field. The most recent contest focused on "Wellness Leadership in Organizations."

CSI congratulates the recipients of the 2016-2017 awards. Each recipient's essay can be downloaded by clicking on her or his name.

Entry-Level Students Category:

First Place: Michael Desposito, Beta Gamma Chapter, Bowling Green State University
Second Place: John Suarez, Chi Sigma Beta Chapter, La Salle University
Third Place: Alicia Means, Xi Chapter, Western Illinois University

Doctoral Students/Professional Counselors/Counselor Educators Category:

First Place: Carrie DuPont, Omega Zeta Chapter, Walden University
Second Place: Lisa Dunkley, Rho Zeta Chapter, The University of Kentucky
Third Place: Jennifer Cannon, Upsilon Nu Chi Chapter, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The two First Place essays will be published in upcoming issues of the CSI Exemplar and the CACREP Connection newsletter. Links to all recipients' essays are also included on the spreadsheet of Past Leadership Essay Contest Award Recipients. The submission and contest guidelines from 2016-2017 can be viewed here.

Leadership Resources

Leadership: A CSI Position Paper

CSIs philosophy of leadership is explored in a position paper developed by Dr. Edwin Herr, Past-President and Distinguished Scholar. You may also read excellence papers from other CSI leaders.

Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence

The members of the CSI Academy of Leaders for Excellence developed our statement of leadership ethics, the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence.

You may also view the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence Survey (2013). The following materials were developed by Ed Wahesh, Leadership Intern, and Dr. Jane Myers, CSI Executive Director. The Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence survey is copyrighted by CSI and may be used only with permission.

Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy

Book Cover: Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy

Edited by CSI leaders Catherine Y. Chang, Casey A. Barrio Minton, Andrea L. Dixon, Jane E. Myers, and Thomas J. Sweeney. Managing Editor, Caroline O’Hara. This book is intended as a resource for counseling students and educators to help incorporate leadership and advocacy training into the counseling curriculum, based on the new standards set forth by CACREP. It identifies the historical context of leadership and advocacy, provides a framework from which to understand these concepts, and provides concrete examples of leadership and advocacy happening in the field today.

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