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Winner of the AMHCA Foundation’s New Student Travel Scholarship Is Douglas R. Kabell

The 2012 scholarship recognizes Kabell as an outstanding graduate student in clinical mental health counseling and awards him a $1,000 travel grant to attend the 2012 AMHCA Annual Conference in Orlando, July 19–21, 2012. 

Kabell is a member of AMHCA and a PhD student in Counselor Education and Supervision at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. A graduate assistant since 2009, he has been an LPC intern at Family Counseling Services in Lubbock since 2011, and at The Bridge, a program of the Lubbock Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Program, in 2010.

He also was named an Outstanding Graduate Assistant at Texas Tech in 2011 and is president of the Chi Sigma Iota National Counseling Honor Society, Theta Theta Upsilon Chapter, Texas Tech University.

“This scholarship provides a great opportunity for a graduate student to build connections in our field and benefit from outstanding education,” said Sharon Cyrus–Savary, AMHCA Foundation scholarship award chair (and a former chair of AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee).

The AMHCA Foundation is committed to improving mental health through education and public awareness campaigns, scholarship awards, and support of mental health research. An important goal of the Foundation is to promote the development of graduate students in mental health counseling through scholarships and awards.

The $1,000 award covers any travel- or conference-related expenses including the registration fee, airfare, mileage, hotel expenses, and food. This scholarship program is made possible by the generous contributions of Foundation supporters. 

  • Another AMHCA student award is still available: The Graduate Student of the Year

Recognizing a student AMHCA member who exemplifies the ideal mental health counseling student through outstanding scholastic and academic performance, outstanding counseling practice, or outstanding writing contributions to the field of mental health counseling. As part of the Donald Mattson Scholarship, a $500 grant accompanies this award. The deadline to apply for Graduate Student of the Year is Friday, May 18.

Students Seek Items for Silent Auction at AMHCA Annual Conference in Orlando

Throughout the Annual Conference, the 2012 Student Silent Auction will be held in the Exhibit Hall, and the proceeds will fund the Donald Mattson Scholarship. The scholarship is a $500 award that is awarded each year to an outstanding student in the field of counseling. 

AMHCA’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC) seeks donations of goods and services for the silent auction at the conference. The GSC will auction donated goods and services, including but not limited to: laptop or notebook computers, trips, regional or national spa and salon services, regional or national restaurant gift cards, and gift cards to regional or national bookstores.

If you would like to make a donation to the auction, please contact Golden Fanning at

And don’t forget to stop by the Exhibit Hall to bid on a variety of great items!

Want to Be More Involved? We Welcome Your Contribution!

The Graduate Student Committee is always looking for students who would like to get involved in the committee or who would like to write a piece for the Student Corner department in The Advocate. 

If you’re excited about being part of the counseling field and want to have a voice in the only professional association devoted exclusively to mental health counselors, email GSC Chair Golden Fanning