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Chi Sigma Iota, the International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society, was established January 1, 1985, following several months of planning by representatives of the Counselor Education training program at Ohio University and leaders in the U.S. counseling profession. The impetus for forming an international honor society in counseling included a desire to provide recognition for outstanding academic achievement as well as outstanding service within the counseling profession. The formation of an honor Society was seen as a fruitful avenue to provide a much needed link between students, educators, practitioners, and administrators in various counseling settings who identify themselves as professional counselors, first and foremost.

In 1988, negotiations were initiated by Rho Chi Sigma, the national rehabilitation counseling and services honor society, concerning unification. Rho Chi Sigma was formally merged into Chi Sigma Iota in March of 1989. This was a landmark move to unify rehabilitation counselors with the mainstream of the counseling profession.

CSI evolved as a consequence of the maturity of the counseling profession. While the scope of the Society is international, its focus is upon the personal and professional development of its individual members. CSI is committed to upholding the high standards of its members.

Our goals of Chi Sigma Iota are achieved primarily through the activities of local campus based chapters, and secondarily, through efforts of the Headquarters' staff, officers, and committees. 

Local campused based chapters serve as links within their respective communities to promote interaction between counselor educators, students, alumni, and local professionals. The chapters provide a forum for interaction, sharing of concerns, discussion of issues, and support for common interests. Many chapters schedule meetings and solicit speakers on a variety of topics relevant to counselors, serving as a resource for continuing education. Chapters have conducted service activities and have organized social gatherings to facilitate interactions between members.

CSI is open to alternative methods of serving our members (students and graduates) but we are resolved that every member must have readily available access to their chapter faculty advisor and regular activities of their chapters including opportunity for mentoring, participation in chapter service projects, nomination for offices, awards, grants, fellowships, etc. Chapters may be deactivated for failure to do so.

International Headquarters Activities include the functions of the CSI International Office, which is responsible for maintaining the records of the Society, ordering and distributing certificates and pins, and distributing information about the Society. The International Headquarters is responsible for the dissemination of the Exemplar, the quarterly publication of the Society.

The Headquarters also serves as a networking source to link CSI chapters and members throughout the world. This has been an especially valuable resource for students who have moved to new locations after graduation and seek to affiliate with the nearest CSI chapter.

International Meetings of CSI are held during the annual convention of the American Counseling Association (ACA) in the Spring of each year. The Spring meetings include time for an Executive Council meeting, a leadership training seminar, an annual Assembly business meeting, an awards ceremony, and an informal gathering of members for exchange of information and socialization. The annual business meeting is open to all CSI members. Chapters must send a voting representative (active CSI chapter member) at least once every three years in order to maintain active status.

Since the time of its chartering, CSI as an organization, and many of its individual members, have assumed leadership roles at the state, regional, national and international levels in promoting the counseling needs of persons of all ages as well as the concerns of counselors themselves.

CSI has flourished and has expanded its sphere of professional influence under the leadership of its Presidents and Executive Officers.

The collective leadership of the CSI Presidents includes six Presidents of ACA (Sweeney, Cooper, Myers, Lee, Herr, and Gladding), more than eighteen ACA divisional presidencies, three ACA regional branch Chairs, five division regional presidencies, four Chairs and one Executive Director of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), one Chair for the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and innumerable state association and committee leadership positions. The scholarly publications, projects, and awards are equally significant. All officers of CSI donate their time and resources to the work of the Society.

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