Honors and Accreditations

1st in Texas RibbonCACREP 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 7th 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 2013, over 50 awards to department graduate students from professional associations and foundations.
  • Since 2013, 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 2013, 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
  • Caitlyn Bennett - 2018 Secretary-Elect and 2019-20 Secretary, Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision; 2018 Chi Sigma Iota’s Excellence in Counseling Research Grant
  • 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; 2013 Past President, Council for the Study of Community Colleges
  • Sue Bratton - 2017 UNT Professor Emeritus; 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
  • V. Barbara Bush - 2016-17 and 2017-18 Vice Chair, Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs; Association for the Study of Higher Education; 2016-17 Chair, UNT Faculty Senate; 2014 UNT Multicultural Center's "Anniversary Angel" Award; 2014 UNT College of Education's Teaching Excellence Award
  • Angie Cartwright - 2018 UNT College of Education Junior Faculty Research Award; 2018 inaugural UNT Presidential Early Career Professor Award; 2017 American Counseling Association's Robert Rencken Emerging Professional Leader Award; 2016-17 Secretary, International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors; 2016 International Association of Addiction and Offender Counselors' Outstanding Addiction/Offender Professional Award
  • Peggy Ceballos - 2019-20 President Elect, Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic & Professional Honor Society International; 2018 UNT College of Education Faculty Teaching Excellence Award; 2016 Texas Counseling Association's Outstanding Advocacy Award
  • Cynthia Chandler - 2018 UNT Salute to Faculty Excellence in Research and Creative Activity Book Author; 2016 American Counseling Association's Professional Development Award; 2015 Medical Center of Lewisville's Frist Humanitarian Award
  • Daniel Chen – 2020 UNT’s Faculty Development Leave Award; 2017-18 Finance Chair, Council for the Advancement of Higher Education Programs, Association for the Study of Higher Education; 2016-17 UNT Leadership Fellow; 2013 UNT College of Education’s Junior Faculty Research Award 
  • Marc Cutright - 2017 UNT Associate Professor Emeritus; 2013 Fulbright Fellowship
  • 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
  • Clifford J. Harbour - 2016 PROSE Awards’s Education Theory, Honorable Mention, for John Dewey and the Future of Community College Education; 2015 Council for the Study of Community Colleges’s Presidential Gavel Award
  • Jan Holden - 2017 Royal Life Saving Society Commonwealth's Diploma (Certificate of Recognition); 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; 2008-present Editor, International Association for Near-Death Studies’s Journal of Near-Death Studies
  • Leslie Jones - 2014 Past President, 2013 President Texas Play Therapy Association
  • Carolyn Kern - 2014 Texas Association for Counselor Education & Supervision's Legacy Emeritus Award (posthumous); 2013 Texas College Counseling Association's Lifetime Achievement Award (posthumous); 2013 President, Texas Counseling Association
  • Matthew Lemberger-Truelove - 2018-19 Editor-Elect and 2019-20 Editor, American Counseling Association's Journal of Counseling and Development; 2018 Past President, Association for Humanistic Counseling; 2018 Senior Associate Editor, Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling’s Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling; 2018 Associate Editor, Journal of Individual Psychology; 2012-18, Editor, Association for Humanistic Counseling’s Journal of Humanistic Counseling
  • Natalya Lindo - 2018 UNT Leadership Fellow
  • Elizabeth Prosek - 2019 UNT’s Faculty Development Leave Award; 2018-20 Board of Directors, Military & Government Counseling Association; 2018 UNT College of Education Faculty Research Excellence Award; 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
  • Dee Ray - 2018-21 Association for Play Therapy's Board of Directors; 2018-19 Chair, American Counseling Association's Promoting Mental Health and Averting Addiction Task Force; 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"
  • 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 – 2019 UNT’s Faculty Development Leave Award; 2017 UNT College of Education's Junior Faculty Researcher Award
  • Uyen Tran-Parsons - 2017 UNT Multicultural Greek Council's Outstanding Greek Advisor; 2017 UNT College of Education's 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