Honors and Accreditations

1st in Texas Ribbon CACREP LogoThe UNT Counseling Program began in 1963, and has been continuously accredited since accreditation began in 1978. Currently, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) has conferred accreditation on three programs: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MS), School Counseling (MEd, MS), and Counselor Education and Supervision (PhD). To read more about program effectiveness, see our Program Evaluation Report.

In 2016, the SR Education Group ranked the UNT Counseling Program 10th in the US.

U.S. News and World Report 2013-2014 ranked the Counseling Program 13th nationwide and 1st in Texas; since ranking began in 1998 this was the 11th time the program was rated 1st in Texas and in the top 20 nationally.

 

Important facts about Counseling and Higher Education at UNT

  • Since 2010, over 50 awards to department graduate students from professional associations and foundations.
  • Since 2010, over 35 awards to department faculty members for teaching, research and service.
  • Over 100 graduates of the Higher Education Program have become college and university Presidents. 
  • The Higher Education Program recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary.
  • Since 2010, Counseling Program alumni have had perfect pass rates on the first attempt at the National Counselor Examination and the TExES School Counselor Examination.
  • Approximately 98% of master's alumni and 100% of doctoral alumni felt they were very well or somewhat well prepared by the Counseling Program at UNT.
  • The Counseling Program was first in the nation to receive the first Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's (ACES) Outstanding Program Award in 1984 -- and earned this recognition again in 2000.
  • In 2013, UNT's Rho Kappa Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota International Academic and Professional Honor Society won the Outstanding Chapter Award (Dr. Casey Barrio Minton, Faculty Advisor).
  • In 2013, the Higher Education Program's Bill J. Priest Center for Community College Education became the Administrative Office of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges (CSCC), an American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Affiliate Council.

Faculty Recognition

  • Counseling Program Faculty received Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's 2010 "Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision" Award for their 2010 book, The Professional Counselor: Portfolio, Competencies, Performance Guidelines, and Assessment (4th ed.). They also received this award for the 3rd edition of the same book in 2004.
  • Jenifer Balch - 2016 American Counseling Association's Best Practice Award
  • Beverly Bower - 2017 Council for the Study of Community Colleges's Arthur M. Cohen & Florence B. Brawer Distinguished Service Award; 2013-2018 Executive Director, Council for the Study of Community Colleges; 2013 College of Education's Faculty Service Excellence Award; Past President, Council for the Study of Community Colleges
  • Sue Bratton - 2016 Association for Play Therapy Lifetime Achievement Award; 2014 American Counseling Association's Extended Research Award; 2013 American Counseling Association's Best Practices Award; 2013 Association for Humanistic Counseling's Humanistic Educator Supervisor Award; 2013 UNT's Provost Citation for Excellence of a Center/Institute; 2010-2011 Chi Sigma Iota's Supervisor-Practitioner Award
  • V. Barbara Bush - 2016-17 Vice Chair, Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs; 2016-17 Chair, UNT Faculty Senate; 2014 UNT Multicultural Center's "Anniversary Angel" Award; 2014 UNT College of Education's Teaching Excellence Award; 2012 College of Education's Faculty Service Excellence Award; 2011 University of North Texas Multicultural Center's Diversity Champion Award
  • Peggy Ceballos - 2016 Texas Counseling Association's Outstanding Advocacy Award; 2012 North Carolina Counseling Association's Mary Thomas Burke Professional Award; 2012 U.S. Office of Immigrations Homeland Security's Outstanding Researcher/Scholar Award; 2011 American Counseling Association's Best Practice Award
  • Cynthia Chandler - 2016 American Counseling Association's Professional Development Award; 2015 Medical Center of Lewisville's Frist Humanitarian Award
  • Daniel Chen – 2016-17 UNT Leadership Fellow; 2012 UNT College of Education Junior Faculty Research Award
  • Dennis Engels – 2012 UNT Regents Professor Emeritus
  • Amy Fann – 2012 UNT Honor Professor
  • Delini Fernando - 2013 American Counseling Association's Best Practices Award
  • Amanda Giordano - 2016 UNT College of Education Junior Faculty Research Award; 2016 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Educator Award; 2015 UNT Nominee to the Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellow Program; 2015-17 Treasurer, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling; 2014 American Counseling Association's Ralph F. Berdie Memorial Award
  • Jan Holden - 2015 American Counseling Association's Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person; 2014 Fulbright Specialist Candidate; 2013 Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling's Research Award; 2013 UNT President's Community Engagement Honor Roll
  • Leslie Jones – 2014 Past President, 2013 President, 2012 President Elect, Texas Play Therapy Association; 2011 UNT College of Education's Outstanding Lecturer Award
  • Carolyn Kern - 2014 Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision's Legacy Emeritus Award (posthumous); 2013 Texas College Counseling Association's Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumous); 2012 President-Elect, 2013 President, Texas Counseling Association; 2011 American Counseling Association Fellow
  • Garry Landreth - 2012 UNT Regents Professor Emeritus; 2011 Association for Humanistic Counseling's Humanistic Impact Award; 2011 Texas Association for Play Therapy's Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Elizabeth Prosek – 2016-18 Secretary, Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling; 2015-17 Secretary, Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision; 2013-16 Member-at-large Membership, Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling; 2015 Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision's Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Educator Award; 2014 Secretary, Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision, 2011 Chi Sigma Iota International's Outstanding Service to the Chapter Award
  • Dee Ray - 2016 American Counseling Association's Don Dinkmeyer Social Interest Award; 2014 UNT's Distinguished Teaching Award; 2013 One of Online Schools of Texas's "Top 25 Women Professors in Texas;" 2012 UNT President's Council's Teaching Award
  • Michael Schmit - 2017-18 Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling's Emerging Leader Award
  • Lisa Schulz – 2014 Texas Counseling Association's Distinguished Service Award
  • Barrett Taylor – 2017 College of Education Junior Faculty Researcher Award; 2013 University of Georgia's Outstanding Alumnus Award; 2012 University of Georgia's Zell and Shirley Miller Fellow
  • Uyen Tran-Parsons – 2017 College of Education Outstanding Lecturer Award; 2016 Texas Association of College & University Personnel Administrators' Faculty Member of the Year Award; 2015 UNT Multicultural Greek Council's Outstanding Greek Advisor; 2013 UNT's Greek Advisor of the Year; 2013 U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award; 2012 National Association of Asian American Professionals – DFW's Leaders of Excellence Award; 2012 UNT's Advisor of the Year, Student Activities Award
  • Angie Wilson – 2017 American Counseling Association's Robert Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award, 2016-2017 Secretary, International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors; 2016 International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors' Outstanding Addiction/Offender Professional Award

Featured Alumni

 

Greta DavisGreta Davis

PhD in Counseling, 2007

Clinical Assistant Professor
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

Career Counselor
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Career Management Program
Dallas, TX

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

Graduating from a highly reputable, CACREP-accredited program with a specialization in career counseling and development helped me competitively apply for a counselor educator position at SMU. In addition, coursework and practical experiences enabled me to earn the Master Career Counselor designation from the National Career Development Association. This credential and the program experiences served as a strong foundation for my concurrent work as a Career Counselor at the FDIC.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

Through exceptional coursework, close faculty supervision, and an encouraging environment, the Program prepared me to become a counselor educator and practitioner with strong teaching, supervisory, and clinical skills. Every day I use the skills I learned to facilitate growth and development with students and clients. Additionally, and more personally, my minor in play therapy helped me understand how children use play to express themselves and prepared me to be a better parent to my children, Samuel and Margaret.

Kizuwanda Gayden GrantKizuwanda Grant

PhD in Higher Education, Community College Leadership, 2005

Vice President, Academic Affairs
Paul Quinn College
Dallas, TX

How did your UNT Higher Education Degree help you get your current position?

My career in high education can be traced back to an internship I started at North Central Texas College while a student in the higher education program.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

I believe my degree taught me to boldly ask questions and to use data to support the decision making process.

Lee ForestLisa Forest

MEd in Counseling, 2005

Director, GLBTA Pride Center
Bridgewater State University
Bridgewater, MA

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

The search committee -- two of whom were counselors themselves -- quickly recognized that the knowledge and skills I acquired from my studies at UNT were exactly the qualifications they were seeking in a candidate. My UNT Counseling degree enabled me to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of identity development and the ability to create a safe environment that would support students' psychosocial growth.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

Not a day goes by that I do not draw upon my counseling skills. It is my responsibility to educate the campus community on the often sensitive topics of gender and sexuality. I attribute my success in this role in large part to the skills I developed at UNT, such as active listening, establishing effective relationships, and sustaining constructive discourse.

Bill CoppolaBill Coppola

PhD in Higher Education, 1999

MEd in Vocational Education, 1989

President, Tarrant County College Southeast Campus
Arlington, TX

How did your UNT Higher Education Degree help you get your current position?

The most valuable part of my education degree was the one-on-one collaboration with my professors and colleagues. I received a broad education the helped me develop my path to the presidency.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

Having my doctorate in higher education from UNT has given me a good base that covers all aspects of higher education, especially leading a college of 15,000 students.

Angela Sheely-MooreAngela Sheely-Moore

PhD in Counseling, 2008

Associate Professor, Counseling
Director, PhD Program in Counseling
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

My experiences as a doctoral student involved the appropriate balance of service, teaching, and research. During my job interviews, faculty search committees seemed most impressed with the degree of involvement I'd had in research beyond my dissertation study.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree(s) in your current position?

As a faculty member, the applications of my earned degree are endless. Through service learning at UNT, I encountered tremendous personal and professional growth, and it is my hope to provide the same types of experiences for my students while simultaneously serving the needs of the community.

Keith LambKeith Lamb

PhD in Higher Education, 2010

Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Midwestern State University
Witchita Falls, TX

How did your UNT Higher Education Degree help you get your current position?

The education I received aids in my understanding of higher education's complex environment with many moving parts. This understanding and ability to apply concepts learned at UNT were necessary to obtain my current position.

How do you use your UNT Higher Education degree in your current position?

The quality of the Higher Education program and the experience of the faculty allowed me to apply concepts from the classroom directly to my professional position. In addition, the network created with faculty and fellow students has proven to be important to my current position.

Yvonne GarzaYvonne Garza

PhD in Counseling, 2004

Assistant Professor and Play Therapy Coordinator
Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

During the interview for my job position, the search committee commented on the excellent training and experience that was detailed in my vita; experience in teaching, supervision, as well as grant work were particularly noted as factors that helped me stand out amongst other applicants.

Davis GoodwinDavis Goodwin

MS in Counseling, 2014

Program Administrator of Jail Diversion Services
TCOOMMI Program Director
Collin County, TX

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

UNT provided such a well-rounded education, including diagnosis, assessment, proper documentation, ethics, and expectations and understanding of community mental health services in Texas. All of this, and more not listed, allowed me to feel prepared and confident in taking on more responsibilities with my organization.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

There isn't a day I don't use something I learned from UNT. As a program administrator I have my hands in numerous projects, which requires a breadth of knowledge in many different areas. At UNT I got more than just a 'foundation for my future'; I truly don't think I would be where I am today if I had attended a different Counseling program.

Deborah Lintz-HillDeborah Lintz-Hill

MEd in Counseling, 2011

Director, Project Hope
The Storehouse of Collin County

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

I was amply prepared for a leadership position during my time in the UNT Counseling Program. My education is an important resource in our everyday operations here at The Storehouse of Collin County.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

My degree is an invaluable asset as we seek to respond holistically to our community outreach clientele. It also gives me a window into each of our clients and their individual needs.

Kiersten RapstineKiersten Rapstine

MEd in Counseling, 2004

Clinical Supervisor, The Renfrew Center of Texas
Independent Counselor, Private Practice

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

My degree laid the foundation for me to become a Texas LPC-Supervisor and a Certified Eating Disorder Specialist – credentials vital to my work both at The Renfrew Center and in my private practice.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

The seeds planted at UNT continue to prove fruitful for me professionally. I draw every day from my education in UNT's Counseling Program. I also LOVE returning to campus a few times a year to talk in Dr. Giordano's addictions class about the field of eating disorders treatment, and I am able to see the quality education and the professionalism of UNT Counseling Program students who complete their internships at The Renfrew Center.

Cyndi (Brinkman) DoyleCyndi Doyle

MEd in Counseling, 1995

Licensed Professional Counselor - Supervisor
Co-Owner and Practitioner, Pecan Branch Counseling, Denton, TX
Founder, Code 4 Couples
President, Texas Counseling Association, 2017-2018

How did your UNT Counseling degree help you get your current position?

Although my degree was the culmination of my program, it was the coursework and the professors that instilled the components of foundational counseling skills and ethics, stretching me into uncomfortable areas. The result was my professional growth, including the value of giving back to my community and advocating not just for our clients but for our profession through involvement in professional organizations. These components are what underscore my journey and success as a clinician, business owner, and advocate for our profession.

How do you use your UNT Counseling degree in your current position?

As a private practitioner, I utilize all of the foundational skills I learned at UNT to facilitate the growth of my clients. My LPC-Interns benefit from the knowledge and values that I gained from the program as I, like my professors before me, challenge them to stretch and mentor them through their own journeys of professional identity.