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2017-2018 Leadership Essay Contest
Co-sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota and CACREP

Contest Submission Deadline: November 15, 2017, at 5:00 PM EST

For the fourth year, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and CSI are co-sponsoring 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.

For the 2017-2018 Leadership Essay Contest, participants are invited to respond to the following prompt:

  • How can counseling students be prepared to serve with excellence in a dynamic, diverse, and complex international society?

We also encourage participants to address the following questions in their essays:

  • How can counselors support the evolution of the counseling profession in different cultures around the world, while also being respectful of unique contributions other cultures can make to the profession?

  • How can counseling students engage with policymakers and/or make small steps in their local communities so that mental health care will be inclusive of the needs of diverse citizens?

  • In what ways can counselors develop multicultural competence for working with an increasingly diverse and global population of clients (e.g., immigrants and refugees)?

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 500 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.

Essays were accepted until November 15, 2017, at 5:00 PM EST. The deadline to submit an essay for the 2017-2018 contest has passed.

Submitted essays will be reviewed by a panel comprised of leaders from CSI and CACREP. Evaluation criteria will include originality, clarity, and relevance to 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.


The following list of resources may be useful as you develop your Leadership Essay Contest submission. Although a literature review is not required, we encourage you to include citations when appropriate.

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