President-elect, Richard Henriksen
Dr. Richard Henriksen Jr. is a Life Member of Chi Sigma Iota, Chair of the Chi Sigma Iota Life Member Committee, a Professor at Sam Houston State University, CACREP liaison, and Clinical Director at the Good Shepherd Mission. He is currently a member of the Texas Counseling Association Senate. Richard has a long history of serving CSI as: membership chair of the Epsilon Tau chapter, founding faculty advisor for the Eta chapter at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Chi Sigma Iota Life Member Task Force Chair in 2011, and Faculty Advisor to the Beta Kappa Tau chapter for the past six years. He has published over 40 refereed articles and book chapters, and has co-authored a book on counseling multiple heritage individuals, couples, and families. Richard was the 2009 recipient of the AMCD Professional Development Award and the 2009 TCA Professional Writing Award. He serves as an editorial board member for the journal Counseling & Values, and is currently a Site Visit Team Chair for CACREP.
Leadership is not a position, it is a service. I believe service is at the heart of leadership in Chi Sigma Iota. Providing leadership at all levels of CSI is critical to the functioning and growth of our honor society. Being of service to chapter officers, members, and fellow faculty advisors has been at the heart of my service to CSI as the preparation of future leaders in the counseling profession is of supreme importance to me. Advocating for counselors and the counseling profession has been my passion from the time I began my professional education and that passion was enriched with membership in CSI. My experiences have shaped my goals for the presidency and include: encouraging lifelong involvement, increasing diversity in leadership and membership, and applying the strategic plan to increase membership involvement.
Encouraging Lifelong Involvement
In 1998, I become a Life Member of Chi Sigma Iota. That event helped me begin my effort to encourage current and future members to make a lifelong commitment to promoting professional excellence. CSI’s mission includes promoting “scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling.” To that end, I would like to work to encourage CSI to reinstate the Life Member program on a limited basis and to continue to increase the involvement of life members in the CSI Strategic Plan activities so that our mission is part of the life work of each member. Advocating for the counseling profession means encouraging members to remain active throughout their professional careers and then having the opportunity to become a life member after a life of commitment and advocacy. Rebirthing the Life Member program will assist CSI and our chapters with the opportunity to celebrate the promotion of excellence and commitment.
Increased Diversity in Leadership and Membership
Building leadership that is diverse and represents the broad diversity of our membership is one of the strengths of CSI and is a prime resource for future initiatives of CSI. The CSI strategic plan states that “To mentor counselors-in-training and professional counselors from diverse cultural backgrounds” is one of our goals. Recognizing the global nature of the world and the diversity that comes as a result serves as a valuable resource for any successful organization. Developing the talents and professional potential of our members will both strengthen CSI and increase the diversity of the organization and the counseling profession as a whole. Developing new efforts to recruit and involve new members and working to engage the unique abilities and interests of our current members will serve CSI and the counseling profession with great distinction.
It is an honor to be nominated to run for Chi Sigma Iota president-elect. As a Life Member of CSI, I have worked hard to promote and advocate for the counseling profession. I value personal/professional excellence. I honor the strengths and contributions of those who have come before, my present colleagues, and value the continued growth of future counselors. I will continue to hold to standards of excellence, encouragement, and service in the role of CSI president-elect. I feel privileged to be provided with this opportunity to humbly serve CSI members!