Dr. Amanda La Guardia will receive the ACA Research Award at the American Counseling Association’s (ACA) 2017 Conference and Expo in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, March 18.
The ACA Research Award is given to individuals who demonstrate high quality, original research as an ACA member in areas of interest to the counseling profession and the divisions or organizational affiliates of ACA. For the purpose of this award, research involves systemic inquiry or investigation using quantitative or qualitative techniques, which results in usable findings and recommendations for the field.
“Our conference is successful when we provide a diverse offering of professional development and award academic and advocacy leaders in our industry,” said Dr. Catherine B. Roland, Ed.D, President of the American Counseling Association. “We are proud to honor Dr. La Guardia for her commitment and contribution to the counseling profession,” she added.
Dr. La Guardia has research interests that focus on professional identity development, collaborative and interdisciplinary mental health care, family crises, gender issues, and non-suicidal self-injurious behaviors.
ACA’s 2017 conference is expected to bring together more than 4,000 counseling students, licensed professional counselors, and counselor educators to learn, network, and unite as one profession poised to meet the evolving needs of our diverse society. This year’s conference is historic in that it was relocated from its original location in Nashville specifically because the state of Tennessee passed a law allowing members of the counseling profession to discriminate against LGBTQ and other clients—in direct violation of ACA’s Code of Ethics.