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Wake Forest University counseling professor wins two national awards


June 23, 2008

Donna Henderson, professor of counseling at Wake Forest University, won two national awards from the American Counseling Association (ACA).

The 2008 ACA Professional Development Award recognizes an ACA member who has “developed techniques and systems that have strengthened, expanded, enhanced or improved the counseling profession and benefitted counseling consumers.”   The award nomination noted several of Henderson’s recent accomplishments.  She has served as president of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, and the North Carolina Counseling Association.   She has written one of the most widely used texts in the field for developmental counseling, “Counseling Children.”  She also worked as a disaster relief counselor following Hurricane Katrina and the Virginia Tech shootings.

Henderson and three other members of Wake Forest’s counseling department were also awarded the ACA’s Counselor Educator Advocacy Award.  The award recognizes “involvement in legislative advocacy training and development” and was awarded to Henderson, Samuel T. Gladding, professor and chair of counseling; Laura Veach, professor of counseling; and Debbie Newsome, associate professor of counseling.

The awards were presented at the ACA’s annual convention in Honolulu.

Founded in 1952, the American Counseling Association is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors.

Press Contacts:

Cheryl Walker
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Donna  Henderson, professor of counseling, at Wake Forest University.
Donna Henderson, professor of counseling, at Wake Forest University.
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