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ACACI Awards


Deadline for nominations is August 31st. We are requesting nominations for possible awards to be presented at the November ICA annual conference.

Only ACACI members may make nominations but anyone can receive a nomination.  Self-nominations are encouraged.


  • ACACI Counselor of the Year Award: honoring a counselor exhibiting a commitment to serving children and adolescents in Illinois with best practices and exemplary standards.

  • ACACI Counselor Educator of the Year Award: honoring an Illinois counselor educator, supervisor, or trainer who has exhibited an exemplary record of educating counselors to work with children and adolescents.

  • ACACI Advocate of the Year Award: honoring an Illinois resident who has advocated for youth to create sustainable positive change for children, adolescents, and their systems.

  • ACACI Emerging Leader of the Year Award: honoring an ACACI member, new professional, or graduate student who has made notable contributions to ACACI and has demonstrated transformative leadership skills, unconditional positive regard, and integrity

  • ACACI Research Award: honoring an Illinois research project which has the potential to enrich the scope of counseling practice with youth

  • ACACI Organizational Award: honoring an Illinois organization making a difference through commitment to programs providing counseling services to youth in Illinois.

  • ACACI Youth Award: honoring an individual youth or group of youths in Illinois who have exhibited passion in advocacy reflecting the values of the counseling profession.


Complete nomination packet will be sent to ACACI.SITE@GMAIL.COM and must include:


  • Nominator’s name, email, phone

  • Name of award category

  • Nominee’s name, email phone

  • Photo of nominee

  • Description indicating how they embody the award category guidelines


  • August 31: submission deadline

  • September 30: notification to nominees

  • November 8: Awards presented at ICA Conference

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