Center for Creativity and Change Receives Professional Service Award

Posted on 10/20/2017 2:39:38 PM

The IUP Center for Creativity and Change was named as the 2017 recipient of the Professional Service Award of the Association for Creativity in Counseling. Established in 2004, ACC is a division of the American Counseling Association that represents a forum on diverse, creative, and relational approaches in the counseling process for counseling students, counselor educators, and counseling professionals. The Professional Service Award reflects promotion of creativity in the practice of counseling.

John McCarthy, the Center director and professor in the Department of Counseling, said, “The ACC Professional Service Award is a tribute to many people, particularly in the Department of Counseling and the IUP Research Institute, who have dedicated tremendous time and talents to the Center over the years.”

The Department of Counseling has been offering professional development workshops since 2002, and the Center was formally established in 2005. Since 2002, over 30 seminars featuring internationally known figures in the counseling profession have been held, and over 1,800 people, including counseling students, counseling alumni, and area school and mental health professionals, have completed trainings. 

The most recent workshop, titled “Tough Kids, Cool Counseling: Innovative Strategies that Lead to Change,” featured John Sommers-Flanagan, an expert on counseling youth from the University of Montana.

The spring 2018 workshop is titled, “Innovations in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Suicide Prevention” and will be held on April 13 at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana.