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Drs. Feit and Hill named in 99 Top Professors in Counseling, Psychology & Therapy – 2013

Idaho State University counseling Professors Stephen Feit and Nicole Hill were named as two of the 2013 top 99 professors in counseling, psychology or therapy by Masters In Counseling.org.

Feit was ranked 72nd and Hill was 77th. Masters In Counseling.org (www.mastersincounseling.org) is an informational tool for students who may want to enroll in an online degree program to obtain a Master of Counseling degree.

“Drs. Stephen Feit and Nicole R. Hill have long been regarded as distinguished leaders in the field of counselor education and in recent years, both Steve and Nicole have served as president of the Association for Counseling Education and Supervision,” said Tracy Farnsworth, interim associate dean and director of the ISU Kasiska College of Health Professions. “This recognition of being among ‘the best professors working in counseling today’ is well deserved and indeed reflective of the national stature of the Idaho State University Department of Counseling.”

The full list of professors ranked in the top 99 is available at www.mastersincounseling.org/counseling-profs.html.

Feit, now a professor emeritus, retired from ISU this spring but will continue with the department as an adjunct instructor. He taught at ISU for 38 years. In 2011, he was honored with a Life Time Achievement Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervisions.

Since 2009, Hill has served as Interim Chair in the department, Interim Dean of the Graduate School, and is currently Chair of the department. Hill was named the 2011 George E. Hill Distinguished Alumni award winner at Ohio University.

* Article from ISU Headlines, posted June 18, 2013 by Andy Taylor

Dr. Stephen S. Feit Receives National Lifetime Achievement Award

At the annual conference of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) in Nashville, TN this October, Dr. Stephen S. Feit received the Lifetime Achievement Award. He was recognized at the Awards Luncheon with the following commentary: "[Dr. Feit's] legacy extends to those who have been directly impacted by him in a variety of capacities, but also to those individuals who have unknowingly benefited from his work. He is a legendary counselor educator who has trained and inspired many of our current leaders. He has dedicated his life to the counseling profession." This award is especially meaningful because it was bestowed upon him by ACES which is the professional association that Dr. Feit believes most reflects his professional identity and engagement across the last 38 years. Serving as ACES President continues to be one of his treasured professional accomplishments. The Department of Counseling faculty, staff, students, and alumni are delighted that Dr. Feit was recognized for his professional contributions through the ACES Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congratulations Dr. Nicole R. Hill

The Department of Counseling is proud and pleased to announce that Dr. Nicole R. Hill has been named president-elect of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Dr. Nicole R. Hill was also recently named the 2011 George E. Hill Distinguished Alumni award winner at Ohio University. She will be honored at a recognition ceremony at the ACA conference in New Orleans, LA in March, 2011.

Supervisor of the Year Awards, 2009-2010

The Department of Counseling is delighted to announce our ISU Supervisors of the Year. Receiving this recognition from ISU-Meridian is MARZENA ZAJDA, M.Coun. from About Balance Mental Health, LLC in Boise, Idaho. HILLARY LOCKE, Psy.D. from Idaho State University's Counseling and Testing Center, is the ISU-Pocatello Supervisor of the Year. Please join us in congratulating them for their commitment to nurturing the counselors of tomorrow in such a holistic an empowering manner. The Department of Counseling's annual recognition of Supervisor of the Year is a student driven process. 1/2011

Congratulations Nancy Byron

A painting by Nancy Byron of a white dove symbolizing peace with the Idaho State University logo in the background is the winning entry in Idaho State University's annual President's Holiday Greeting Card Contest.

Nancy, a graduate student in the ISU-Meridian Master of Counseling program, has won a $1,000 prize for her design. "When I got the email saying I'd won, I actually screamed. I was pretty excited," said Byron. Her design also incorporates vibrant color and abstract images to celebrate religious diversity. "I wanted to focus on the world view of the holiday, peace, togetherness and helping each other," she said. "To me, the holidays are not a celebration of gifts, but a celebration of the goodness of people," Byron said.

Byron graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor's degree in graphic design. For 25 years she ran her own graphic design company--splitting time between a client base in California and her home in Boise. She intends to use art in her counseling practice--as a tool to help people express feelings of inner turmoil. "I always wanted to go into counseling, but didn't want to let go of art. I think I've found a perfect marriage of the two disciplines," she said.

Asked what prompted her to enter the design contest, she said, "I read about it on the Bengal Web. I had so much homework to do, but I thought I have to do this...so I got out a canvas and started painting. It's really helped me feel more a part of the school," she said.

Transcribed from ISU Headlines, 11/2/2010 www2.isu.edu/headlines

Congratulations Dr. Virginia Allen

Dr. Virginia Allen was presented the Outstanding Mentor Award at the Idaho School Counselor Association State Conference, October 6-8, 2010, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

Congratulations Dr. Linwood G. Vereen

The Idaho Victims Assistance Academy in Boise, Idaho honored Dr. Vereen with the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Award for the third year in a row. Dr. Vereen also received this award in 2008 and 2009.

Department of Counseling ‘s Programs Ranked 13th in the Nation by U.S. News and World Report

Every year, U.S. News and World Report analyzes undergraduate and graduate programs across the nation in a variety of disciplines. After analyzing over 12,000 graduate programs, U.S. News and World Report ranked Idaho State University’s Department of Counseling as 13th in the nation within the education discipline. Rankings are computed based on faculty resources, peer assessment scores, student-faculty ratio, and faculty research productivity. To be considered for the specialty ranking that the Department of Counseling received, a program must be nominated by education school deans. This is our first time to be ranked by U.S. News and World Report, and we are very excited about it. For more information, please reference http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-education-schools

Lifetime Achievement Award Presented to Dr. Stephen S. Feit

Dr. Stephen S. Feit was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Idaho Counseling Association Conference, January, 2010. The following is quoted from the 2010 ICA Conference Program. "Dr. Feit has been a counselor educator across the last 36 years with 35 of those being at Idaho State University. He recently has been serving as Interim Dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions, a demanding and challenging role given the economic and political realities of higher education in Idaho. He has been actively involved at the state level by serving as Chair and Member of the Idaho Licensing Board, ICA President twice, IACES President, and IACES Treasurer for the past 18 years. His service and leadership to the profession is also evident at the regional level in that he served as President of Rocky Mountain ACES. On the national level, he has served as President of ACES, Chair and Member of the ACA Ethics Committee, Member of ACA's Long Range Planning Committee, and Chair of the ACES National Convention Planning Committee. His commitment to educating emerging counselors manifests not only in the mentoring he has provided to over a thousand master's and doctoral students but also in his ongoing involvement in the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). He is currently serving on the CACREP Board which is a culmination of his role as a site team member and chair on over 12 accreditation site visits. Dr. Feit has worked tirelessly to champion counselor identity and training across his illustrious career."

Supervisor of the Year Awards, 2008-2009

The Department of Counseling is delighted to announce our ISU Supervisors of the Year. Receiving this recognition from ISU-Meridian is KARLA WEST from the Boise State University Counseling Center. PATTY BOLINGER from School District 381, William Thomas Middle School, is the ISU-Pocatello Supervisor of the Year. Please join us in congratulating them for their commitment to nurturing the counselors of tomorrow in such a holistic an empowering manner. The Department of Counseling's annual recognition of Supervisor of the Year is a student driven process. 1/2010

Congratulations Dr. Donald L. Paulson

Dr. Paulson received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors at their annual conference in October, 2009.


Accreditation Annoucement, Nicole R. Hill, Ph.D., Interim Chair

It is my pleasure to announce that the Department of Counseling has been granted accreditation for the next 8 years from the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). All of our master’s programs (Marital, Couple, and Family Counseling; Mental Health Counseling; School Counseling; and, Student Affairs/College Counseling) and our doctoral program received the eight year accreditation status.

As many of you know, the accreditation process is multifaceted, challenging, and complex. Our self study thoroughly addressing approximately 330 standards was completed in fall of 2008, and then we had a four member site team visit our campus and department in May 2009. During the site visit, we relied on the involvement and feedback of our current and former students, site supervisors, and university administrators. We are appreciative of each of you who participated in an accreditation meeting because it is an important and valuable part of the process.

We look forward to celebrating our accreditation until 2017 and continuing to identify ways to build upon our successes.


Dr. Stephen S. Feit has been asked to serve as interim dean of the Kasiska College of Health Professions for academic year 2009-2010.

Dr. Nicole R. Hill will serve as interim chair of the Department of Counseling during academic year 2009-2010.

Faculty Receive Awards:

    Dr. Nicole R. Hill received the "ACES Outstanding Publication in Counselor Education and Supervision" award.
    Dr. David M. Kleist received "Outstanding Leadership" award from IAMFC.

Comprehensive Examinations, Oral Examinations, and Ph.D. Dissertation Defense:

All Master of Counseling students passed the Center for Credentialing & Education, Inc. Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination and four Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Counseling passed their written comprehensive exams.

Congratulations to our 2009 Graduates:

    Four students received their Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision and have accepted positions in higher education.
    One student received an Ed.S. degree in Counseling

    Twenty-one students received their Master of Counseling degree.

    Suicide Prevention Hotline Grant

Idaho State University's Institute of Rural Health and Department of Counseling have received a state grant to start a Suicide Prevention Hotline for Idaho, which has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. "We will call upon our master's and doctoral students at the Pocatello and Boise campuses, as well as community volunteers, to work as operators for the hotline," said Counseling Department Chairman Steve Feit, Ed.D. "We will be preparing a special curriculum to train them as crisis operators and faculty will supervise operations in the second year." For more information and quotes see http://www.isu.edu/headlines or contact Ann Kirkwood, 208 373-1767 or Steve Feit in Pocatello, 208 282-3156. 9/22/08

Brooks Bastian Hanks - Kasiska College of Health Professions Student Leadership Award Winner

Congratulations to Brooks for receiving the Student Leadership Award. Three students were selected to receive this award: Brooks from Counseling, Josh Woolstenhulme from Physical Therapy, and Benjamin Hazlett from CSED. These three students along with Dr. Kujawa, an alumnus from the Communication Sciences Department and KCHP's 2008 Pofessional Achievement awardee will be honored at the Professional Achievement Reception on Friday, May 9, 2008, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Rutgers Promenade of the Stephens Performing Art Center.

Counseling Program Takes National Honor

For the third time since 1985, the Idaho State University Department of Counseling has won the Robert Frank Outstanding Counselor Education Program Award.

The counseling program was selected from sixteen university programs nominated from throughout the country. ISU was selected by the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, a division of the American Counseling Association. Counseling faculty and staff were formally honored March 29 at the ACA annual convention in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The annual award is named in memory of University of Northern Iowa Professor Robert Frank for his outstanding contributions to the field of counselor education. The honor recognizes innovations in education, supervision and clinical work. The ISU program was specifically cited for its mentoring of students, particularly at the doctoral level.

"It is often difficult for small universities to receive national recognition. We are thrilled to receive this prestigious national honor," said Department of Counseling Chair Steve Feit.

Carrie Alexander-Albritton: 2008 Outstanding Graduate Student Achievement Award Winner

Congratulations to Carrie, a candidate in the Department of Counseling to complete her Ph.D. in counselor education and counseling this spring. She specializes in mental health conseling with an emphasis in two core areas: research and program evaluation and human growth and development. She is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor in Idaho, and is also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in the sate of Illinois. Her research interests include women and parenting in higher education, mentoring, wellness and substance abuse. She has recently accepted a position as assistant professor at Western Illinois University in Moline, Illinois.

Dr. Jim Schmidt Receives Award

Jim Schmidt, Ph.D., who teaches in the graduate counseling program at ISU-Boise, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to the Boise School District. He was honored at a breakfast February 15, 2008 celebrating National Career and Technical Education Week. Schmidt was supervisor of the Boise School District's professional-technical education program for more than a decade. Before that, he supervised the district's guidance counselors, nurses and health workers. He received his doctorate in counselor education from Idaho State University in 1986. 2/19/08

Congratulations Dr. Stephen Feit

Dr. Steve Feit, Professor and Chair of the Department of Counseling, has been named to the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) Board of Directors effective July, 2008. CACREP is the national accrediting body for all master's and doctoral programs in Counseling and Counselor Education. Dr. Feit's responsibilities will include: 1) attending Board meetings, 2) serving as an initial reviewer of self-study applications to determine a program's readiness for an on-site visit; 3) serving as a subcommittee member to review program materials for accreditation decisions, and 4) serving as a member on one of the Board's four standing committees. The Department of Counseling is honored to have one of its faculty members serving in such a professional and meaningful capacity for the next five years. 2/13/08

Alumni Scholarship News

Current Master of Counseling students volunteered for the Connection ISU Phonathon during February, 2008 and to date have received monies pledged for the Alumni Scholarship Fund (established 2006) from Jill Kunz, Tressa Seydel, Harold and Enid Davis, Roger Owen Hooban, Shirley Goodyear, Deborah and Wesley Van Vooren, Wynn Hill, Dr. Steve Feit, Robert and Carol Schreiber, Brooks Bastian Hanks, Mary Spinner, Sonia Taylor, Dr. and Mrs. Gerald Henkel-Johnson, Les Purse and Jane Sherman, Dr. Nicole Hill and Dr. Teah Moore.

Pledge donations will be awarded to students for Academic Year 2008-2009 by the Department of Counseling Scholarship Committee.

Alumni are very important to us. Your generosity is overwhelming! Keep in contact with the Department regarding your current address information and employment. It would also be nice to receive news about you that you would like to share with other alumni which, with permission, can be posted to our Alumni News page.

Department of Counseling's New Location

Garrison House

The Department moved to new space on the 7th floor (top floor of picture)of Garrison House February/March, 2004. The new space is wonderful. Stop by for a visit.

Garrison House was formerly university housing for students, but has been remodeled and converted into office space. Other departments located in this building include Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Department of Psychology and the Psychology Clinic, the College of Education's Intermountain Center for Education Effectiveness, ROTC (Army) Department of Military Science, Biology, Human Resource Training and Development, and the student dining hall. (10/05)

Last Modified: 06/19/13