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FMHCA Awards
Nominate a Peer or Local State Chapter

Each year at FMHCA’s Annual Awards luncheon, our organization honors those individuals and state chapters that have discovered creative partnerships to meet the unique challenges of today’s evolving mental health environment. 

Join us at the Annual Conference February to honor past performance and inspirational examples of excellence as we celebrate winners of awards at FMHCA’s Annual Awards luncheon. 

We invite all FMHCA members to submit nominations for an individual in one of several categories as well as nominations for FMHCA local chapters (both large and small chapters) that have made outstanding progress and/or contributions in the last year. Awards categories are described below. All nominees must be FMHCA members. 

**Click on the nomination category below and fill out the nomination form.  

**The final deadline for nominations is November 6th. 

Individual Award Categories
  • Leadership Award: Recognizing a FMHCA member (any level of membership) who exemplifies the ideal FMHCA leader through outstanding contributions to FMHCA. Nominees are members who take the lead in developing new forms of outreach, who communicate with other members to ensure work is completed, etc. Nominees go above and beyond for FMHCA and it’s members.
  • Volunteer of the Year: Recognizing a FMHCA member who contribute to the organization as volunteers. Nominees go above and beyond for FMHCA.
  • Counselor Educator of the Year: Recognizing outstanding and humanitarian service to others through teaching, training, consulting, supervising, research, or program development.
  • Graduate Student of the Year: Recognizing a student FMHCA member who exemplifies the ideal mental health counseling student through outstanding scholastic and academic performance, outstanding counseling practice, or outstanding writing contributions to the field of mental health counseling. 
  • Advocate of the Year: Recognizing outstanding service at the local, state, or national level that reflects a significant contribution to the professional concerns of FMHCA. Nominees may be nominated for service to FMHCA; work on legislative policy at the local, state, regional, or national level; work on critical mental health issues such as managed care or third-party payments; or development of new programming for consumers. 
  • Mental Health Counselor of the Year: Recognizing an individual who has provided outstanding counseling service—including consultation—to the public, spending his or her time in direct counseling with clients and relevant consulting activities.
  • Outstanding Community Service: Recognizing the outstanding commitment and service by an FMHCA member at the local level to his or her community. Specifically, community service addresses the issues of the counseling profession and stimulates future service to promote the reputation of the profession.
  • Poster Session Award: Recognizing an outstanding Poster Session entry based on subject originality, presentation clarity, appropriate research design and methodology, and advancement of the profession. Only poster sessions selected for presentation at the conference will be eligible for the award; the award winner also receives free registration for the next year's conference.
  • Professional Service and Leadership to a Local Chapter: Recognizing a FMHCA local chapter member whose dedication, energy, service, and leadership have strengthened the state chapter in such ways as membership growth, innovative program development, increased participation in sponsored events, and enhanced membership services. Eligible nominees should promote the goals and missions of his or her state chapter as well as the mental health counseling profession.
  • Researcher of the Year: Recognizing exceptional research in mental health counseling.
State Chapter Award Categories
  • Chapter of the Year: Outstanding activities directed at building a stronger state chapter. Outstanding activities directed at providing service to members. Outstanding activities directed at providing service to consumers.
  • Outstanding Chapter Website: Recognizes a state chapter website that supports or advances the purposes and principles of FMHCA. Websites are evaluated based on their design, innovation, content, technology, interactivity, navigation, and ease of use.
FMHCA Scholarship Award Categories

The FMHCA Foundation which provides education and public awareness about mental health and support scholarships, and research in the mental health counseling field-offers scholarships for graduate students who are FMHCA members.

  • Frank Hannah Student Scholarship Award: Any graduate student enrolled in an accredited counseling program is eligible to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is for one student admission ticket to the next Annual FMHCA Conference. The winner will be announced in the FMHCA November Newsletter and recognized at the Annual Conference Awards Luncheon. 


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