School Counseling, M.Ed.

Counseling Highlights - In the News

Counseling ranks #4 in Most Meaningful Majors

With this in mind, salary research site PayScale recently ranked the most meaningful majors. Researchers identified the majors based on one of the questions answered by the 2.3 million graduates representing 2,700 colleges and universities who have completed PayScale's employee earnings survey.

How adding high school counselors saved Colorado more than $300 million

Money spent to bring in more middle school and high school counselors helped keep almost 1,000 at-risk students in Colorado schools and send more of them to college, a new report shows.

Gwen Roulhac (M.Ed. '05) named a Durham school counselor of the year

Gwen Roulhac (M.Ed. '05) has been named the high school counselor of the year by Durham County Public Schools.

Akos, students visit lawmakers on school counselors' 'legislative day'

Patrick Akos, coordinator of the school counseling program, and students from the program went to Raleigh on Thursday, March 7, to meet with legislators as part of the N.C. School Counselors Association's "legislative day."

Patrick Akos named to ASCA governing board

Professor Patrick Akos, coordinator of the school counseling program at the School of Education, has been elected to the board of directors of the American School Counselor Association.

Counseling students make poster presentations at state conference

Several students in the school counseling program made poster presentations at the N.C. School Counseling Association’s annual conference earlier this month in Greensboro.

Videos made by Brooke Samuelson (M.Ed. '08) get mention in magazine

Brooke Samuelson is helping stop bullying at Washington Irving Middle School in Springfield, Va., where she works as a school counselor.

Master's student Brian Woodard included in UNC profile

Brian Woodard, a master's candidate in the School of Education's school counseling program, is included in a feature profile on the UNC-Chapel Hill website homepage.

Nicole Pfleger (M.Ed. '06) named National School Counselor of the Year

Nicole Pfleger (M.Ed. '06), a school counselor in Smyrna, Ga., has been named National School Counselor of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

Eric Sparks named national School Counseling Director of the Year

Eric Sparks, who is in the School's educational leadership doctoral program, has been named School Counseling Director of the Year by the American School Counselor Association.

Simmons, Delano win school counseling program awards

Justin Simmons and Allison Delano, both masters of education candidates in the School of Education's school counseling program, were presented awards from the program Monday night.

Tara Herbert (M.Ed. '09) counselor for Duke University's Durham Student of the Week

Jackie's guidance counselor, Tara Herbert, said her eighth-grade teachers were shocked upon learning that she was ever anything but the exceptional student that she is now.

Page Gambill (M.Ed. '09) honored for her work as a counselor at Corinth-Holders Elementary School in Johnston County

Page Gambill, who got her M.Ed. in School Counseling in 2009, has been honored for her work as a counselor at Corinth-Holders Elementary School in Johnston County. She was given a "Leading With The Heart" award on Valentine's Day.

Eric Sparks named School Counseling Director of the Year

Eric Sparks, who is in the School's educational leadership doctoral program, has been named School Counseling Director of the Year.

Jessica Thompson (M.Ed. '02) named Elementary Counselor of the Year

Jessica Thompson, a school counselor at Millbrook Elementary Magnet School in Raleigh, has been named Elementary Counselor of the Year.

Greger-Holt (M.Ed. '79) wins GSK lifetime achievement award

George Greger-Holt, director of student services at Chatham County Schools, has won a GlaxoSmithKline Child Health Recognition Award.

Steven D. Mullinix (M.A. '75, Ph.D. '78) receives N.C. Career Development Association award

Steven Mullinix, a partner with HRC Behavioral Health and Psychiatry in Chapel Hill and Raleigh, has received the Roy N. Anderson Award from NCCDA.

Kristen Newitt, Sandra Martinez-Zuniga receive annual awards from School Counseling Program

Two students were selected as the recipients of annual awards presented by the School Counseling Program to recognize outstanding performance and advocacy.

Steven D. Mullinix (M.A. ’75, Ph.D. ’78) receives Mary G. Clarke Award from N.C. Psychological Association

Steven D. Mullinix was presented the Mary G. Clarke Award from the North Carolina Psychological Association (NCPA) at its spring conference in Charlotte, N.C., on April 24, 2010.

School Counseling program welcomes two graduate students from the National College Advising Corps

Two students, currently working with the National College Advising Corps, have recently been accepted into the School Counseling program in the School of Education.

School counseling student Lucas Paulsen selected as national scholarship recipient

Lucas Paulsen, a student in the Master of Education program in school counseling, was chosen by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) as the recipient of a 2010 ASCA Foundation Scholarship.

National School Counseling Week, Feb. 1-5, 2010

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated nationwide Feb. 1-5, 2010, to focus public attention on the contributions of professional school counselors in U.S. schools.

Margaret Walendin (M.Ed. ’07) appointed leader in Massachusetts School Counselors Association

Margaret Walendin, a resource counselor at Somerville High School in Somerville, Mass., has been appointed co-chair of the member services committee for the Massachusetts School Counselors Association, after serving as an emerging leader with the association in 2008-2009.

School counseling student Montez Thomas receives scholarship

The North Carolina School Counselor Association recently awarded Montez Thomas with a $500 scholarship.

School counseling graduate students take second and third place at the NCSCA fall conference

Two groups of current graduate students in the Master of Education program in School Counseling participated in the poster session at the North Carolina School Counselor Association Annual Fall Conference, Nov. 4-6, 2009.

Amy Singer (M.Ed. ’05) selected as NCSCA Emerging Leader

Amy Singer has been selected as one of five Emerging Leaders for 2009-2010, named by the North Carolina School Counselor Association.

Rebecca Atkins (M.Ed. ’03) named North Carolina’s elementary school counselor of the year

Rebecca Atkins of Millbrook Elementary School in Raleigh, N.C., was named North Carolina’s 2009-2010 Elementary School Counselor of the Year by the North Carolina School Counselor Association (NCSCA).

John Scott Westefeld (Ph.D. '78) received the School of Education Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching

The School of Education recognized the accomplishments of five outstanding educators at the 10th annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony Sept. 26, 2009.

Amy Farris (M.Ed. ’09) named 2009 outstanding graduate of School Counseling program

Amy Farris has received the 2009 W.D. Perry Award, recognizing her as the most outstanding student graduating from the School Counseling M.Ed. program this year.

Counseling alumni, friends hold reunion, honor John Galassi, Duane Brown

Alumni and friends of the School of Education’s School Counseling, Guidance and Counseling, and Counseling Psychology Programs gathered at the William and Ida Friday Center on April 25 to reunite and honor the work of Duane Brown and John Galassi.

Nicole Pfleger (M.Ed. ’06) named district-wide Elementary School Counselor of the Year

Nicole Pfleger was recently named the Cobb County School District Elementary School Counselor of the Year.

School counselors: Advising and supporting students with diverse needs

The UNC School of Education is home to nine different master’s degree programs, including the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling, which is ranked in the top 20 school counseling programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

Amy Singer (M.Ed. ’05) named Alamance-Burlington School Counselor of the Year

Amy Singer was recently selected as the 2008-09 Alamance-Burlington School System’s Counselor of the Year. Singer works at South Graham Elementary School in Graham, N.C.

School Counseling master’s student Rebecca Newell awarded national scholarship

Rebecca “Becky” Newell is one of 10 master’s students nationally to receive the 2009 Ross Trust Scholarship Award from the American Counseling Association.

Kelli Kirk (M.Ed. '04) named Elementary School Counselor of the Year for Wake County

Kelli Kirk was recently named Wake County Public School System’s School Counselor of the Year for the elementary level.

John Westefeld (Ph.D. '78) elected president of APA Division 17

John Westefeld (A.B. '72, M.P.H. '73, Ph.D. '78) was recently elected president of Society of Counseling Psychology Division 17, a division of the American Psychological Association.

School Counseling program ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education, School Counseling program was recognized according to rankings released on March 28, 2008, by U.S. News & World Report.

Kelley Dull (M.Ed. '02) named 2008 ASCA School Counselor of the Year semi-finalist

Kelley Dull, who received her master’s degree in School Counseling from the School of Education in 2002, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2008 School Counselor of the Year Award from the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). 

Michael Brannigan (M.Ed. '03) named NYSSCA Counselor of the Year

Michael Brannigan, a 2003 graduate of the School’s M.Ed. program in school counseling, was named 2007 Counselor of the Year by the New York State School Counselor Association (NYSSCA).

Tamara Davis (M.Ed. '87, A.B.Ed. '85) named Counselor Educator of the Year

Tamara Davis, a 1987 graduate of the School’s Master of Education program in School Counseling was recently named Counselor Educator of the Year by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA).

Amber Jackson receives 2006 ASCA Foundation Scholarship, one of 10 nationwide

Amber Jackson, a master’s student in the School Counseling program, has been named one of 10 recipients nationwide to receive the 2006 American School Counselor Association (ASCA) Foundation Scholarship.

School Counseling named 2006 Outstanding Counselor Education Program

The School Counseling, M.Ed., program at the School of Education recently received recognition when it was named the 2006 Outstanding Counselor Education Program by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES).

Travis Lewis (M.Ed. '00 in School Counseling) receives School of Education Outstanding Young Alumnus Award

The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award was presented to Travis Lewis, director of Pitt County Schools’ student services department, whose achievements as a school counselor have helped children, especially those at risk, achieve success in school and in life.