Emerging Leaders!

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The Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC)  is excited to announce we have developed an Emerging Leaders (EL) program! The EL program was developed to allow students and new professionals to participate in ACAC activities, receive mentorship, and connect with professional networking opportunities, and above all else, to grow as leaders.

Emerging Leaders are selected to serve from July to July of each year, and this year’s leaders will begin July 1, 2022.  Master’s level students, doctoral level students, and new professionals (having graduated in the past year) will be selected as ACAC emerging leaders. Please note your student/new professional status should be based on your graduation status as of January 1, 2022. (i.e., if you graduate with a doctoral degree in January 2, 2022 you would be considered for a new professional, not a doctoral student position).

Please email the Emerging Leaders Program Chair, Dr. Victoria Kress (acacemergingleaders@gmail.com), with questions.

Recipients must be an ACAC member at the time of application.

Emerging Leaders choose an area of interest within the division and receive mentoring related to that area. Emerging Leaders will provide a minimum of 50 hours of service to an ACAC committee, project, or task over the course of the year. Emerging Leaders will also have opportunities to learn the responsibilities associated with serving in elected leadership positions within ACAC. They will also receive FREE conference registration for the ACAC conference for the year they are an Emerging Leader.

Emerging Leaders will be featured in our newsletter and recognized at the annual ACAC conference.

The program application and additional detail about the program can be found here:


Interested applicants should :
1. Complete the Emerging Leaders application  ( https://forms.gle/6tqEwxToo6M1voJc8)
2. Provide a Statement of Interest: Please describe in 750 words or less how ACAC’s mission is congruent with your professional goals. Be sure to include specific interest areas in ACAC where you would like to gain experience (i.e., journal, awards, membership), and any past leadership experiences that may inform your ability to serve as an ACAC Emerging Leader
3. Your Curriculum vitae/resume

Please submit these  no later than February 15, 2022. The selection committee will notify you of the status of your application within approximately 30 days of the deadline.

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