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Benefits of CSI Membership


CSI values high standards in the relatively young and emerging field of counseling. Along with credentialing, standards, and graduate school accreditation, CSI is striving to define and unify the counseling profession. One way we do this is through active, service oriented university based chapters composed of neophyte and experienced professional counselors.


Recognition for the pursuit of personal excellence is a fundamental purpose of the Society. It is through the efforts of individual members that the collective influence of the Society is realized. As a consequence, the Society seeks to identify and encourage all those who have made a commitment to excel in all that they do. From the time of their first invitation to join the Society and throughout their professional careers, CSI strives to support and promote the activities of its members and chapters. In addition to the membership frameable certificate and recognition pin, members are encouraged to display honor regalia in their offices and to wear them at official functions as both a sign of their accomplishments and their continuing commitment to excellence.

Professional Development

Members are able to attend one-hour webinars for free and obtain free CE clock hours.  Topics include leadership, professional and client advocacy, and professional issues.

Annual Conventions - During the Spring of each year, CSI meets concurrently with the American Counseling Association (ACA). The annual meeting serves as an ideal time to network with other counseling professionals and students, attend exciting workshops, and recognize outstanding academic and professional achievement. CSI also provides leadership training and related programs at the convention. ACA allocates 20 free conference registrations to CSI student members as well poster session presentations.


Find a Counselor Directory - CSI members who are licensed professional counselors may opt to be included in this new registry that consumers can use to locate counselors in their area through their membership profile. You can specify the client populations you prefer, the types of interventions you use, and include a link to your personal web site.

Find a Supervisor Directory - CSI members can advertise their supervision services or search for a qualified supervisor in their area.

Counselors' Bookshelf - CSI has developed a new interactive forum for CSI members to post reviews of books and other helpful resources. Reviews can be read by other counselors and responses can be posted by CSI members.

Exemplar - The CSI Exemplar is distributed three times a year to all CSI members, and is the main communication for informing members on a variety of professional topics and issues as well as activities of the Society. Its content encourages a commitment to and enthusiasm for academic and professional excellence in counseling. Periodically an additional issue is published on special topics such as social justice or mentoring and passageways to the profession. All past issues of the Exemplar are available on this web site.

Journal of Counselor Leadership & Advocacy - JCLA provides professional counselors, counselor educators, and counseling students with research and evidence-based recommendations in topics that promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, advocacy, and excellence in counseling. Two issues of the journal are published annually.

Career Center - Chi Sigma Iota Job Links provides a listing of common websites that professional counselors can use when searching for a job. The websites are grouped by those that offer jobs specific to the profession of counseling, more general job related sites, and websites that provide information beneficial to the job search. CSI members may post job openings or search for job openings through our Job Links Forum. Instructions are included in the Forum to allow you to request an e-mail when new positions are posted in your area.

Leadership Development

Developing leaders for the Society as well as the profession is a part of the CSI mission. The CSI officers and Academy of Leaders for Excellence are a rich source for a variety of leadership development activities. These include occasional papers, articles and workshops focused on leadership. In addition to annual leadership training at the Spring conference, CSI leaders conduct leadership training at the chapter level. These activities augment the fellowship and intern programs of the Society. Combining rebates, grants, fellowships and internships, CSI funds approximately $80,000 for these purposes in the current year.


Awards - CSI chapters and members are always encouraged to strive for excellence and high achievement. Annual awards and fellowships are given during conventions to further compel students, faculty, and professionals to work for outstanding scholarship and professionalism.



Benefits of CSI Chapters to Counselor Education Programs

CACREP Accreditation Standards

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Guiding Principles for the 2016 Faculty Standards, specifically for Standard I.X, call attention to the fact that "maintaining memberships...and engaging in service activities with organizations such as...Chi Sigma Iota (both at the chapter level and national level)... are considered clear indicators of professional counselor identity and can be used to demonstrate involvement in the counseling profession and its professional organizations.”

CACREP teams and Board members also have affirmed the co-curricular nature of CSI chapter activities toward meeting various accreditation standards.

NBCC Approved Continuing Education Provider Status

Counselor education programs that have an active CSI chapter may take advantage of certain benefits in applying to be and serving as a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP). Find out more about these unique benefits.