NARACES gives the following awards yearly at either the NARACES or ACES conference to accomplished members of the region.
Marijane Fall/NARACES Counselor Educator of the Year
History of the Award
This award is given in memory of an outstanding counselor educator who touched many lives with her special way of connecting with people, truly accepting them for who they were, and making them feel good about themselves. Marijane Fall attended Colby College, Nasson College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Southern Maine. She attained her doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Maine and taught at both the University of Iowa and the University of Southern Maine, retiring from the latter as full professor and Professor Emeritus in 2007. Marijane Fall’s style of valuing people was contagious, her strong inner spirit and essence resonated outward to help others, and the world is a much richer place for her presence and enduring spirit.
Marijane Fall was a prolific researcher and author and a national expert in play therapy. She was the founder of the Maine Association for Play Therapy (MeAPT), President of NARACES, and an active member and leader in organizations such as ASCA, ACA, ACES, MeSCA, and APT. School counseling, clinical supervision, and play therapy were the topics she lived, taught, and wrote about as a counselor education professional. Her creativity was manifested both in development of play therapy theory and practice as well as in a number of therapeutic tools, including “Green Greg,” her well known companion puppet. In keeping with Marijane Fall’s extraordinary accomplishments in counselor education, her personal and professional grace, her avid celebration of life and all of its creatures, her joy in being present in the lives around her, and her commitment to finding the child within us all, this award recognizes a creative, generous, charitable counselor educator who has reached out to others in spirit, scholarship, and deed and thereby made a profound difference in the lives of those so touched.
In keeping with Marijane Fall’s extraordinary accomplishments in counselor education, her personal and professional grace, her avid celebration of life and all of its creatures, her joy in being present in the lives around her, and her commitment to finding the child within us all, this award recognizes a creative, generous, charitable counselor educator who:
- Has made a contribution in one or more specialty areas (i.e, School counseling, play therapy, clinical supervision, or other specialty)
- Has shown leadership in state, regional, or national counseling organizations
- Someone who consistently finds the good in others through kindness, empathy and warmth
- Has reached out to others in spirit, scholarship, and deed and – made a profound difference in the lives of those so touched
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
This award recognizes a graduate student who has excelled throughout his/her program in a variety of areas and who:
- Has a current GPA of 3.5 or above
- Is in the last year of his/her graduate study
- Is involved in state, regional or national organization activities that have had or are having a significant impact within these systems
- Demonstrates evidence of leadership in a counseling or counselor educator organizations
- Is engaged in research activities
- Has made a scholarly contribution to the field of counseling, counselor education, and/or supervision (accepted presentations at state, regional, or national counseling conferences, manuscripts under review or published, book chapters, grants, etc.)
Janine M. Bernard Outstanding Supervisor Award
This award recognizes a site supervisor or counselor educator who:
- Has a minimum of 3 years experience as a supervisor of counseling students
- Is licensed or certified as a counselor
- Models professional involvement, leadership, professional development and/or advocacy
- Has shown exceptional mentorship through consistent service as a supervisor
- Actively encourages student involvement in professional activities
- Facilitates students’ introduction and involvement in the counseling profession
- Demonstrates evidence of professional involvement and leadership that have contributed to outstanding performance accomplishments by students under his/her supervision
- Is involved in activities in state, regional, national or international organizations that have had or are having a significant impact within these systems
NARACES Social Justice Award
This award recognizes a counselor educator or student who has made significant contributions to the research and literature on social justice and/or multicultural issues while:
- Utilizing the scientist-practitioner-advocate training model in his/her practice
- Providing service that enhanced equity in social justice and/or multicultural issues
- Engaged in community-based social justice and advocacy issues
- Infusing diversity and social action into counseling, counselor education and supervision in any of the following areas:
- Systemic change
- Innovative practice
- Educational programming
- Curriculum development
- Community outreach
- Client advocacy
- Teaching and/or training
NARACES New Professional Award
This award recognizes a pre-tenured or new professional counselor educator in the NARACES region who has demonstrated promise in all areas of an academic position: teaching, scholarship and service, including:
- A commitment to excellence in teaching, demonstrated through recognition by both students and colleagues.
- A productive track record of research, publications, presentations, and other scholarly activities, including a clear research agenda that promises to develop our knowledge of counseling.
- Active involvement in service to the counseling profession, preferably with leadership positions.