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2019-2020 Leadership Essay Contest
Co-sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota and CACREP

Contest Submission Deadline: November 15, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST

For the sixth year, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and CSI are co-sponsoring a Leadership Essay Contest. Our 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.

A "servant leader" is one who is motivated not by power nor by the promise of accolades and reward, but by a genuine desire to serve others first. The servant leader strives to ensure others' highest priority needs are met and that those they serve become healthier, wiser, more autonomous, and more likely to become servant leaders themselves. You can learn more about servant leadership by reading Leadership: A Position Paper (Herr, 2010).

For the 2019-2020 Leadership Essay Contest, participants are invited to respond to the following theme and prompts:

Wellness Promotion through Servant Leadership:

  • How can you promote wellness for clients as a servant leader?
  • How is being a servant leader reflected in meeting the significant wellness needs of your local community?

  • What is the role of CSI chapters and CACREP-accredited counselor education programs in promoting wellness through servant leadership?

  • How do servant leaders model and promote wellness?

Essays can be submitted in one of two membership categories:

  • Entry-Level Students
  • Doctoral Students/Professional Counselors/Counselor Educators

Award recipients in each category will receive:

  • First place: $500, a one-year membership renewal in CSI, and publication of the essay in the CSI Exemplar, the CACREP Connection newsletter, and at and
  • Second place: $200, a one-year membership renewal in CSI, and publication of the essay at
  • Third place: $100, a one-year membership renewal in CSI, and publication of the essay at

Submission and Contest Rules

  • Only currently active members of CSI are eligible for the contest.
  • Members in any active chapter of CSI may participate, regardless of the accreditation status of their program.
  • First place award recipients from previous years are not eligible to enter the contest again, but prior second and third place award recipients can submit another essay.
  • All essays will be written by one person and submitted as sole authored; only one essay submission per member is allowed.
  • Essays may not exceed 1000 words; references can be entered separately and are not included in the word limit.
  • All essays must be in English.
  • Only original work will be accepted; all contest participants must verify that their submission is original.

Leadership Essay Contest submissions were accepted until November 15, 2019, at 5:00 PM EST.  The deadline to enter this year's contest has passed.

Essays will be reviewed by a panel comprised of leaders from CSI and CACREP. Evaluation criteria will include originality, clarity, and relevance to the contest theme, both associations' missions, and the counseling profession.

Essays will not be returned, and any submissions will become the property of Chi Sigma Iota International. If you have questions about the contest, please contact Dr. Cheryl Fulton (, Chair of the CSI Leadership & Professional Advocacy Committee, and Dr. Stephen Kennedy (, CSI Chief Operating Officer.

If you are interested in reviewing past submissions, previous award recipients' essays can be downloaded on CSI's Leadership webpage.


We encourage contest participants to include a reference list and use in-text citations when appropriate. You can find a list of many wellness-related articles on CSI's Wellness Research Groupsite. Also, the following list of resources may be useful as you develop your Leadership Essay Contest submission.


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