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American Counseling Association recognizes Gladding as humanitarian


May 4, 2007

The American Counseling Association (ACA) recently presented Samuel T. Gladding of Wake Forest University with its Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person.  Gladding is chair and professor of counseling at Wake Forest, in addition to serving as an associate provost.

The ACA presented the award at its annual convention in Detroit.

According to the organization, the award honors an ACA member who gives to others without fanfare or expectation of award other than the personal satisfaction of seeing the other person made happier.  It is the highest award that the ACA gives.

Gladding was also named an ACA Fellow.  To qualify, a candidate must be an ACA member of professional distinction who is recognized for significant and unique contributions in the field of counseling.

Gladding served as ACA’s president in 2004-2005 and has been recognized as one of the most frequent contributors to the ACA’s Journal of Counseling and Development.  He is also a leading author of counseling textbooks and is known in the counseling field for his contributions to the use of creativity in counseling.  His books include “Groups:  A Counseling Specialty,” “Counseling:  A Comprehensive Profession,” and “Family Therapy:  History, Theory, and Practice.”

The ACA was founded in 1952.  Based in Alexandria, Va., the ACA has more than 45,000 members.  It is the world’s largest, private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors.

Press Contacts:

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(336) 758-5237


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Wake Forest counseling professor Sr. Sam Gladding.
Wake Forest counseling professor Sr. Sam Gladding.
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