NCCA Awards

Each year, the North Carolina Counseling Association recognizes professional excellence and service with the following awards.

Members will be notified of the nomination process which begins in November, and awards are presented at the NCCA Annual Conference in February.

Nominations must be made by members of NCCA. Nominees must be members of NCCA with the exemption of the Administrator of the Year and Special Citizen’s Merit Award.

The Ella Stephens Barrett Award
for excellence in professional leadership

The Ella Stephens Barrett Award for excellence in professional leadership is the most coveted honor bestowed by NCCA. This award honors the memory of Miss Ella Stephens Barrett, former state supervisor of Guidance Services, and recognizes a NCCA member who has displayed outstanding leadership in the improvement and enhancement of the counseling profession.

Administrator of the Year Award

The Administrator of the Year Award is designed to recognize someone who has advanced or given support to the philosophy and objectives of one or more of the helping professions. The term administrator is defined as anyone employed in a supervisory or administrative position in an educational or service rendering agency.

Innovation/Creativity in Counseling Award

The Innovation/Creativity in Counseling Award recognizes unusual, exemplary achievement by members. This award could be given for activities such as new program development, use of special talents or unusual approaches to meet the needs of clients and other audiences.

Professional Writing and/or Research Award

The Professional Writing and/or Research Award recognizes a member who has contributed to the profession through significant writing and/or research.

Beginning Counselor Award

The Beginning Counselor Award has been established to recognize counselors who in their first two years of practice have shown unusual skill and promise of outstanding future accomplishments.

Devoted Service Award

The Devoted Service Award recognizes a member who has provided leadership and service to NCCA and to the counseling field well beyond the typical involvement in voluntary leadership positions in a professional organization.

Special Citizen’s Merit Award

The Special Citizen’s Merit Award recognizes citizens, legislators, members of other professions or others who have made substantial contribution to the helping professions, or have shown exceptional leadership in endeavors, which significantly improve conditions for clients or citizens in North Carolina.

Don C. Locke Multicultural & Social Justice Award

Started in 2019, the Don C. Locke Multicultural & Social Justice Award honors the memory and legacy of Dr. Don C. Locke, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at NC State, by recognizing an active NCCA member who is a champion for diversity that has made significant contributions to enhancing multicultural and social justice within and beyond the counseling profession.

Jane E. Myers Wellness Counseling Award

Started in 2019, the Jane E. Myers Wellness Counseling Award honors the memory of Dr. Myers, former Counselor Educator at UNCG and Executive Director of Chi Sigma Iota, by recognizing an NCCA member who has encouraged clients to increase their holistic wellness through counseling practice and/or research that incorporates an evidence-based wellness model.

Division Recognition Awards

Most Improved Division

The Most Improved Division Award recognizes divisions that have worked to make their group more active. This activity might involve appointing officers, planning a conference or drive-in workshop, starting a newsletter, etc.

Most Effective Membership Drive/Recruitment

The Most Effective Membership Drive/Recruitment Award recognizes divisions that have increased or maintained their membership through creative, effective membership recruitment plans (i.e. incentives, benefits, etc.).

Past Recipients:

(partial list)

The Ella Stephens Barrett Award

2018 – J. Scott Glass
2017 – Stanley Baker

Administrator of the Year Award

2019 – Molly Hayes
2018 – Sarah Dunagan
2017 – Angela McDonald

Innovation/Creativity in Counseling Award

2019 – Nicole Stargell
2018 – Angie Smith
2017 – Dominique Hammonds

Professional Writing and/or Research Award

2019 – Dr. Allison Crowe
2018 – Dr. Loni Crumb
2017 – Jeff Warren

Beginning Counselor Award

2019 – Sarah Mehta
2017 – Camila Pulgar

Devoted Service Award

2019 – Angela Brooks-Livingson
2017 – Sarah Moore

Special Citizen’s Merit Award

2018 – Sara Christenbury
2017 – Christyn Grant

Don C. Locke Multicultural & Social Justice Award

2019 – Inaugural – Dr. Phyllis Post

Jane E. Myers Wellness Counseling Award

2019 – Inaugural – Dr. Stephen Kennedy

Division Recognition Awards

Most Improved Division

2019 – NCAARC
2018 – NCASERVIC
2017 – NCCCA

Most Effective Membership Drive/Recruitment

2019 – NCGSA
2018 – NCAMCD