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Elections 2013 - Amanda La Guardia
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Secretary Candidate, Amanda La Guardia


Dr. Amanda La Guardia

Amanda C. La Guardia is an assistant professor at Sam Houston State University. She previously worked as a family counselor with children in the foster care system following her graduation from the couples and family master’s program at East Tennessee State University. She has been an active member of Chi Sigma Iota since joining in 2007, becoming president of the Omega Delta chapter at Old Dominion University. She was later recognized as a CSI Leadership Fellow and was presented with the Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Doctoral Student award in 2009. Amanda has served the executive council of the SACES region as the 2012-2013 secretary, is an associate editor for the Counseling and Values journal, and is an active member of ACA, ACES, ASGW, IAMFC, CVJ, and AARC. She currently serves CSI as the Awards Committee Chair. Amanda is author of multiple counseling publications and is writing two textbooks through Wiley publications.

Goals Statement

It is an honor to be nominated for the office of Secretary of Chi Sigma Iota. I am continually grateful for the many opportunities this organization has offered me, as each experience has greatly influenced my professional development. As secretary, I will foster an environment conducive to the continued growth of CSI by promoting the core mission of the organization through my activities as a member of the counseling community and as a citizen of the world. I will strive to inspire and support "excellence in personal, academic, and professional practice” through my work with colleagues on the executive council and through my involvement with the CSI membership. I believe that when someone is afforded the opportunity to act in a position of leadership, that person should act as a mentor; giving back to the system what has been given in order to build a community that values growth, support, and encouragement. As secretary, I will work to promote communication amongst the membership and act as an enthusiastic contributor of ideas and action to the executive council. In my leadership position I will serve you in the following ways:

  • Remain in contact with chapters, responding to their concerns and suggestions in a way that offers support and ensures their message is communicated accurately to the executive council.
  • Provide timely and accurate information related to the meetings of the executive council, distributing minutes through our new organizational website and other avenues.
  • Encourage member initiatives that advocate for the counseling profession and the communities in which we serve.
  • Focus on efforts related to the professional identity development of counselors by engaging in mentoring, providing opportunities for service, and promoting wellness through the encouragement of personal growth and potential.
  • Utilize contemporary technology and social networking to "invite, inform, and involve members” as per the vision, goals, and objectives of Chi Sigma Iota to "promote communication and networking among members”.
  • Act as a source of positivity, empowerment, and support as a member of the executive council while soliciting feedback along the way to ensure effectiveness in my role as well as contribute to my own continued growth as a counselor, educator, and supervisor.
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