Dr. Carmen Salazar Named Fellow of ACA
By Kim Williams
Commerce, TEXAS (April 12, 2012)—Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education celebrates Carmen F. Salazar, Ph.D., associate professor of counseling, with being named Fellow of the American Counseling Association (ACA).
The honor is reserved for ACA members of professional distinction who have made significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training, and have made important contributions to the counseling profession.
Salazar was presented the honor on March 24, 2012 at the ACA annual conference in San Francisco, Calif. This is the first time in the more than the 50-year history of the counseling program at Texas A&M University-Commerce that a member of its faculty has received this commendation.
“The profession of counseling contributes substantially to our society, so it was terrific to be recognized for my contributions to the field,” Salazar said. “I’ve been fortunate to work with colleagues, students, and clients over the years who have taught me many things. It is a privilege to work with talented graduate students who will spend whole careers helping clients make differences in their lives.”
Salazar’s research focuses on multicultural awareness and group counseling. Her first book collected concrete examples of how group leaders might expand the cultural awareness of themselves and their group members. A second book, Social Justice in Group Work: Practical Interventions for Change, identifies methods group leaders can use to facilitate group members’ empowerment. She is currently working on a third book, adding to an already substantial list of more than 90 journal articles and national presentations.
The ACA National Awards Ceremony program described her as “ . . . among the strongest voices for multicultural awareness and social justice in the American Counseling Association.”
An expert in her field, Salazar served for fifteen years as an editorial board member for three different national professional journals, and is currently concluding a six-year term on the ACA Editorial Advisory Board. She is a former member of the Executive Board of Counselors for Social Justice and is now completing a three-year term on the Executive Board of the Association for Specialists in Group Work. In 1998 Salazar earned a Research Award from the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision for her study describing experiences of faculty of
color in the counseling profession. In 2011 she was granted the Group Work Practice Award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work.
The program for the ACA National Awards Ceremony reported, “While serving as an advocate for social justice, she does so in ways that make her ideas acceptable to others. Her passion for increasing counselors’ sensitivity to cultural awareness is eclipsed only by her dedication to mentoring her students. Colleagues describe her as a person with integrity and high standards who is capable, warm, humorous, and diligent.”
For more information on the American Counseling Association, visit http://www.counseling.org/.
For information about the Texas A&M University-Commerce Department of Psychology, Counseling, and Special Education, visit http://web.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/educationHumanServices/default.aspx or call 903-886-5637.