Each year, CSI selects 10 aspiring leaders from more than 15,000 active members and 350 chapters to participate in their leadership program. This March, Hurt and Ener took part in the American Counseling Association conference in Honolulu.
"I am excited with the possibilities that this fellowship will bring," said Hurt, who is from Swink, Colo. "I have the opportunity to serve the counseling community in new ways that will provide me hands-on experience with and mentorship by major contributors to the field. This experience will help me develop career skills to become a better researcher, practitioner, educator and leader in the counseling community."
Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. Members of the organization include professional counselors, counselor educators and students who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity.
"I am most excited about having the opportunity to make connections with leaders in the field from whom I might absorb knowledge and experience," said Ener, who is from Beaumont. "I know this appointment will only grow my passion for the field and help me to strengthen my own professional identity."
Hurt and Ener will begin their dissertations in the fall of 2014. They both plan to graduate with doctoral degrees in counseling in 2015.
About the American Counseling Association
The American Counseling Association (ACA) is the world's largest association representing professional counselors in various practice settings. From webinars, publications and journals to conference education sessions and legislative action alerts, ACA serves nearly 55,000 members through powerful, credible content and support. Visit ACA's website for more information.
About UNT's College of Education
UNT's College of Education prepares students to contribute to the advancement of education, health and human development. Founded in 1890 as a teacher's training college, UNT now enrolls more than 4,000 students in the College of Education, which consists of four departments -- counseling and higher education; educational psychology; kinesiology, health promotion and recreation; and teacher education and administration. UNT's College of Education certifies about 1,000 teachers a year -- making it the largest producer of new teachers in the north Texas region. Students are also prepared for careers as researchers, counselors, leaders, physical activity and health promotion specialists, child development and family studies specialists and more.