|AMHCA 2010-2011 Awards Honor Excellence and Commitment to Mental Health Counseling|
AMHCA 2010-2011 Awards Honor Excellence and Commitment to Mental Health Counseling
The 2011 winners of AMHCA’s individual and state chapter awards were honored at a luncheon at the association’s Annual Conference in San Francisco. The awards ceremony took place on July 15, with Carol Staben–Burroughs, LCPC, left, bestowing the awards as chair of AMHCA’s Member Services Committee.
INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS, 2010-2011
Certificate of Appreciation
James Rogers, PhD, in recognition of his two, three-year terms as editor (2005–2011) of AMHCA’s quarterly, scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Mental Health Counseling. Rogers is currently a professor in the Department of Counseling at The University of Akron and an adjunct professor of Behavioral and Community Health Sciences at The Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. A licensed psychologist, Rogers has specialized in the areas of suicide and disaster-relief psychology.
Donald Matteson Scholarship Award
Sharon Cyrus–Savary, immediate past chair of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee, is currently pursuing her PhD in Counseling Psychology. She is an experienced international speaker with more than 25 years of experience in executive administrative positions and a tradtion of taking on leadership positions in her community. Winning this award signifies that she is an outstanding graduate student member of AMHCA. Cyrus-Savary also receives a $500 scholarship with this award.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Gerald and Marianne Corey, in recognition of their continuing contributions to the mental health counseling profession.
Mental Health Counselor of the Year
Carol Daniels, LPC, CAAC, CCS-M, for providing outstanding counseling service—including consultation—to the public, spending at least 50 percent of her time in direct counseling with clients and relevant consulting activities. Her nominators lauded her “knowledge, eneregy, initiative, and clincial skills,” with one commenting that “she excels in all areas” and “is a leader of others by her example.”
Outstanding Public and Community Service
The late Mary Kelly McCue, JD, for her outstanding commitment and service at the local level to her community. As the lobbyist for AMHCA’s Montana chapter for almost 20 years, she was instrumental in helping MLCPCA pass the state’s licensing law, and then its practice and title acts, along with representing the chapter’s needs in other legislative areas.
Thomas J. Ferro, LCPC
Rep. Fortney “Pete” Stark, Jr. (D-Calif.)
STATE CHAPTER AWARD WINNERS, 2010-2011
Outstanding State Chapter Award
Missouri Mental Health Counselors Association (MMHCA), for outstanding activities directed at building a stronger state chapter. Visit the MMHCA website at
Service to Members Award