Branthoover Receives State Counselor Association President’s Award

Posted on 11/1/2011 3:00:34 PM
Holly Branthoover

Holly Branthoover, an associate professor in the Counseling Department, was selected for the 2011 Pennsylvania Counselor Association President’s Award.

The Pennsylvania association is affiliated with the American Counseling Association, a six-hundred-member national organization that promotes the growth of the counseling profession.

As she presented the award, Jen Barna, association president, recognized Branthoover for “outstanding dedication” to the organization and for a “long and impressive record of service.”

Branthoover was also recognized for her role in creating the association’s first supervision registry, a secure, online registration process to connect highly qualified supervisors with counselors working to become licensed.

Branthoover has served in a number of leadership roles in the Pennsylvania Counseling Association, including president-elect, president, past president, and membership committee chairwoman.

She also is chairwoman of the North Atlantic region of the American Counseling Association. In this position, she is a mentor and supporter of more than nine branch counseling associations in the eastern United States, Europe, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Because of her role, she gave a presentation in September at the District of Columbia Counseling Association membership drive and kickoff.

Branthoover joined the IUP faculty in 2004. She is a nationally certified counselor and a licensed professional counselor in the commonwealth. She serves as the graduate coordinator in the Department of Counseling and is an associate in a private counseling practice in Pittsburgh. She also has been an invited presenter for many professional conferences.

Branthoover, who volunteers for the American Red Cross Disaster Action Team, has a Master of Science degree in community counseling and a school counseling certificate and doctoral degree in counselor education from Duquesne University.