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Since it was founded in 1985, Chi Sigma Iota has placed a priority on leadership in counseling, especially on the development of leaders for the counseling profession. This commitment to mentoring new leaders is reflected in our strategic plan and is integral to the development and maintenance of strong CSI chapters.

Please stay tuned to our Facebook page, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram,, the Journal of Counselor Leadership & Advocacy, and the CSI E-News for upcoming professional development, advocacy, community engagement, leadership, and research opportunities. Of course, always feel free to contact us if you'd like to discuss how CSI can best support you in your professional endeavors.

2019-2020 Leadership Essay Contest: Co-sponsored by CSI and CACREP

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), and information about the 2019-2020 contest is available on the Leadership Essay Contest webpage.

CACREP and CSI congratulate our previous award recipients from the 2018-2019 Leadership Essay Contest. Each recipient's essay can be downloaded by clicking on her or his name.

Entry-Level Students Category:

First Place: Angela McDaniel, Gamma Zeta Chapter, The University of West Georgia
Second Place: Daisy Zhou, Alpha Omicron Chapter, Stetson University
Third Place: Joseph DiLaurenzio, Sigma Tau Upsilon Chapter, St. John's University

Doctoral Students/Professional Counselors/Counselor Educators Category:

First Place: Michele Pinellas, Alpha Sigma Upsilon Chapter, Argosy University-Tampa
Second Place: Natalie Williams, Beta Omicron Chapter, Jackson State University
Third Place: Carla Roberson, Alpha Chapter, Ohio University

The two First Place essays were published in the CSI Exemplar and the CACREP Connection newsletter. Links to all previous recipients' essays are included on the spreadsheet of Past Leadership Essay Contest Award Recipients.

Leadership Resources

Leadership: A CSI Position Paper

CSIs philosophy of leadership is explored in a position paper developed by Dr. Edwin Herr, Past-President and Distinguished Scholar. You may also read excellence papers from other CSI leaders.

Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence

The members of the CSI Academy of Leaders for Excellence developed our statement of leadership ethics, the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence.

You may also view the Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence Survey (2013). These materials were developed by Ed Wahesh, Leadership Intern, and Dr. Jane Myers, CSI Executive Director. The Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence Survey is copyrighted by CSI and may be used only with permission from CSI Headquarters.

Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy

Book Cover: Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy

Edited by CSI leaders Catherine Y. Chang, Casey A. Barrio Minton, Andrea L. Dixon, Jane E. Myers, and Thomas J. Sweeney. Managing Editor, Caroline O’Hara. This book is intended as a resource for counseling students and educators to help incorporate leadership and advocacy training into the counseling curriculum, based on the new standards set forth by CACREP. It identifies the historical context of leadership and advocacy, provides a framework from which to understand these concepts, and provides concrete examples of leadership and advocacy happening in the field today.

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