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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.

Greetings from Dr. Barbara Herlihy, 2017-2018 CSI President

I bring you greetings from the CSI Executive Council.  As many of us begin a new academic year, it is my honor on behalf of CSI to send you our best wishes for an outstanding fall and a wonderful 2018. The Executive Council met in June and has been working consistently in service of our membership to further our mission to recognize and promote excellence in the counseling profession. We could not accomplish any of our goals without the collaborative efforts of our chapters and committees, spearheading many of this year’s initiatives intended to respond to the needs of our members, our profession, and the larger community.

As we plan for the coming year, I would particularly like to draw your attention to this year’s theme of Going Global:  CSI’s Contributions to the Internationalization of Counseling. The globalization of our profession is occurring at a rapid rate, and CSI can fill an important role by working collaboratively with other professional counseling organizations that are engaging in international work. Exciting possibilities are being created through discussion. I invite you to take a look at the Summer 2017 issue of the Exemplar, where this theme was introduced. If you are interested in contributing to internationalization efforts, please join the Global Network, which is found on the CSI home page. The Executive Council hopes to continue our dialogue and include all CSI members who would like to participate in international initiatives. At the same time, we will continue to serve those here at home who are impacted by policy decisions made in Washington, DC, and the devastating storms that have occurred recently. 

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.

2017-2018 Leadership Essay Contest: Co-sponsored by CSI and CACREP

For the fourth year, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and CSI co-sponsored 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. Information about the 2017-2018 contest is available on the Leadership Essay Contest webpage.

CACREP and CSI congratulate our award recipients from the 2017-2018 Leadership Essay Contest. Each recipient's essay can be downloaded by clicking on her or his name.

Entry-Level Students Category:

First Place: Serena Yeager, Upsilon Chi Chapter, The University of Central Florida
Second Place: Randy Curth, Lambda Iota Beta Chapter, Long Island University
Third Place: Alicia Means, Xi Chapter, Western Illinois University

Doctoral Students/Professional Counselors/Counselor Educators Category:

First Place: Daniel Balva, Delta Iota Chapter, Florida International University
Second Place: Everett Painter, Epsilon Chi Chapter, Edinboro University
Third Place: Lisa Dunkley, Rho Zeta Chapter, The University of Kentucky

The two First Place essays will be 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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