LPCA Award Descriptions

Awards OPEN 2019   

George C. Podein Counselor of the Year

Recognizes an outstanding Licensed Professional Counselor in Georgia who has:

  • Made outstanding contributions to the profession of counseling;
  • Shown selfless dedication to the mental health and well-being of Georgians;
  • Excelled in the mental health profession as a clinician;
  • Maintained the highest degree of integrity and ethics in his/her practice;
  • Advanced the growth and reputation of the field as evidenced by his/her clinical practice.

Counselor Educator of the Year - CEOY

Recognizes an individual who is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Counselor Educator in Georgia who has:

  • Made significant contributions to the counseling profession in academic, research, supervision and/or professional leadership;
  • Shown dedication to the success and professional growth of his/her students, interns, advisees and/or other counselors;
  • Maintained the highest degree of integrity and ethics within the educational environment;
  • Excelled in the mental health profession as an educator.

Student Counselor of the Year - SCOY

Recognizes a graduate student currently enrolled in a counseling program in Georgia (or a recent graduate) who has:

  • Made significant contributions to the counseling profession in academic, research, practicum/internship placement, and/or LPCA Student Affiliate Organization activities;
  • Shown dedication and excellence in his/her counseling coursework;Served as an ambassador between students, professors, and counselors;
  • Demonstrated leadership within the educational environment;
  • Worked diligently toward becoming a licensed professional counselor in Georgia and improving the mental health of Georgians.

John C. Burns III Lifetime Achievement Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual in the counseling profession who has:

  • Demonstrated leadership within the counseling profession during his/her career;
  • Promoted  the profession of counseling and the LPCA organization and mission to key constituencies and decision makers;
  • Worked to educate the counseling community, general public, and legislative community on the importance of mental health care and the use of LPCs;
  • Shown dedication to the responsible growth of the counseling profession and the LPCA.

Linda Painter Service Award

  • Be a member in good standing with LPCA-GA. Demonstrate leadership qualities of an exceptional nature.
  • Effectively integrate experience with education in an outstanding effort to help people, a mentor example.
  • Show a willingness to take risks for improved clinical supervision.
  • Enlist public support for improved mental health services.
  • Represent the professional ethics of Counselors.
  • Show repeated outstanding achievements and contributions with a lasting impact & outstanding creativity and courage

Annette Bowling Lifetime Advocacy Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual who works alongside or in coordination with mental health professionals who has:

  • Built relationships with legislators and mental health decision makers on behalf of the counseling profession to influence law and public policy;
  • Promoted  the LPCA organization and mission to key media outlets and legislators;
  • Worked selflessly to improve the mental health and well-being of all Georgians;
  • United different constituencies to advance the state of mental health in Georgia;
  • Has shown strong dedication to individuals who potentially or currently benefit from mental health professionals.

Humanitarian Award

Recognizes an outstanding individual in the community who has:

  • Made a significant impact in the lives of Georgians who are in need of assistance;
  • Shown service and dedication to communities in Georgia;
  • Demonstrated leadership in his/her field of expertise;
  • Promoted mental and overall health using traditional and/or non-traditional methods.

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