SCP Executive Board Candidate Statements

These candidate statements refer to the Summer 2017 Election.  Statements for the Summer 2018 Election will be posted in Spring of 2018.



Kathy Chwalisz, Ph.D.

I am honored and humbled to be considered to lead the Society of Counseling Psychology at this critical social and political juncture—where new social justice (SJ) challenges emerge every day.  I believe that the biggest challenge faced by Counseling Psychology will be in finding meaningful and relevant ways to promptly respond to these social justice challenges without being overwhelmed or overrun as a profession.

I believe that an important step in being able to respond, now and into the future, is to build a stronger social justice workforce, with all Counseling Psychologists making SJ contributions in a variety of personally/professionally resonant ways.  My SJ vision starts at home, building a stronger foundation with more relevant science, responsive practice, and effective advocacy—so SCP can respond in force.

Counseling psychologists have been responsible for much innovation and social change.  At the same time, these efforts have often been limited to subgroups of Counseling Psychologists, and/or change has felt painfully slow.  As SCP President, my initiatives would capitalize on the SJ energy and expertise of all of our communities, clients, students, and professionals.

Beyond our specific contributions to multicultural theory and research, I’d like to see Counseling Psychologists use critical theory approaches to deconstruct traditional/foundational theories, research, and practices—social science justice, if you will, involving expanded methods and conceptions of evidence.  In addition to incorporating a more inclusive knowledge base, I’d like to see our training programs build specific social justice competencies, using innovative methods like those described in the 2014 special issues of The Counseling Psychologist.  More inclusive and responsive training programs will support, celebrate, nurture, and grow/develop a more diverse CP workforce.  As SJ oriented health service psychologists, practitioners can deconstruct sanctioned treatment approaches and develop new ways to work, involving indigenous theories, methods, healing approaches, and contexts.


Ruth E. Fassinger, Ph.D.

I am honored to be nominated as SCP President, and humbled to stand with my co-nominees, both of whom have served our profession exceptionally well. Indeed, SCP can expect stellar leadership, regardless of the election outcome. I pledge my active support to my colleagues in whatever future role I find myself.

Counseling psychology faces serious challenges in the contemporary political, social, and educational environment. Our long-standing commitments to social justice advocacy are threatened by a climate of increased fear, hatred, and disregard for the most vulnerable in our society. We face training/licensing threats due to increasingly territorial masters-level training. We face challenges in establishing our rightful roles in the healthcare marketplace, including issues related to work/career. These challenges require leadership strategies aimed specifically at organizational/systems change, and I would seek to make such leadership development available to CPs across experience levels and work settings.

I have a long herstory of leadership in psychology and SCP. SCP was my first professional home in APA, and has remained so as my involvements in other divisions and APA governance expanded. My professional service maps to my interests in diversity, advocacy, and intersecting identities, especially pertaining to vocational issues and counseling/clinical training. In SCP, I served as VP for Science, Chair of SAW, and on JCP’s editorial board. In Division 44, I served as President, Treasurer, and on PSOGD’s editorial board. In APA, I served on the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, the Board of Professional Affairs, and I am a founding faculty/EC member of the Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology.

I have spent my career as a public school teacher, staff psychologist, professor, director, department chair, and dean, and I maintained an independent therapy practice. Currently I coach, consult, and manage my philanthropic quilting business, donating proceeds to worthy causes.

“What are the one or two greatest challenges facing the SCP (and/or counseling psychology), and how would you hope to address the challenge(s) during your presidency?”

 The Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) is potentially a mighty force for change, both in organized psychology and in society at large. We have been fortunate to have many skilled, productive, and passionate leaders in the society over the years, and we have a rich legacy of influence on our primary professional organization (APA), as well as responsiveness to social justice needs and change in our world more broadly.

This legacy positions us well for the unprecedented challenges we face in the contemporary political, social, and educational environment – unprecedented not because we haven’t seen regressive political agendas, rampant “isms,” hatred, violence, fear, and disregard for the most vulnerable in our society before, but because the poison is being spread blatantly and unapologetically by the top leaders of our country and is terrifyingly dangerous, nationally and globally. One challenge is that our capacity to advance (and even maintain) our social justice commitments is seriously threatened in this environment, and, to do so, we must find new ways to innovate, collaborate, accommodate, translate, infiltrate, deviate, and regenerate.  A second challenge is that education itself is under fire with redoubled zeal, and – in addition to probable curtailing of programs that support marginalized populations (e.g., anti-bullying, sex education, women and people of color in STEM fields) – we also face specific graduate training and licensing threats due to increasingly territorial master’s-level training. APA (finally) has acknowledged the need to attend to master’s-level training in psychology, but we must ensure that SCP is in the forefront of the effort to specify training, credentialing, and supervision of masters-level professionals. Relatedly, a third challenge we face is in establishing our rightful roles as counseling psychologists with unique value-added in the healthcare marketplace (including, and perhaps especially, mental health issues related to work and career) – a task that is complicated, of course, by political battles being waged over control of healthcare nationally.

Addressing these challenges effectively requires creative and strategic engagement – creative in the sense that we must optimize out-of-the-box ideas, and strategic in that we must apply those ideas in very targeted, systematic ways where their impact is optimized as well. This requires leadership strategies aimed specifically at large-scale organizational/systems change, in collaborations with important allies.  Most counseling psychologists are not trained in leadership skills of this magnitude, and this can constrain our ability to lead change, both individually and in SCP as a professional society. Thus, building upon the efforts of recent SCP presidential predecessors in masters-level training issues, leadership development, science-practice integration in healthcare, and social justice advocacy, I would seek in my own presidential role to make leadership development in organizational/systems change available to CPs across experience levels and work settings. Much excellent, ground-breaking work is already underway in SCP and in counseling psychology, and a deliberate focus on organizational/systems leadership development unites these many strong and colorful threads into a beautiful, coherent fabric of power and change.


Anneliese Singh, Ph.D.

I am excited to serve the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) as President, so it is a true honor to be nominated. Before I became a counseling psychologist, I worked as a community organizer (e.g., HIV/AIDS, reproductive justice, immigration rights). I pursued faculty work in order to connect these community-based issues with the unique training we have as counseling psychologists to promote resilience and well-being. My identities as a queer person of color and daughter of a Sikh immigrant father have shaped my life’s work and commitment to social justice. My research, practice, and advocacy have focused on the resilience that marginalized communities use to counter discrimination, grow, and thrive. I currently serve as Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Professor at the University of Georgia. As SCP President, I will draw from my diverse leadership roles within SCP and APA (e.g., LGBTI Section Board, Hospitality Suite, Exploring Privilege STG, APA Transgender Guidelines, More Pie). As the SCP Vice-President of Diversity and Public Interest, I have worked to increase SCP attention to the important social justice issues of our time and engaged with student, ECP, mid-career, and late-career members in these actions.

At this point in history where discrimination is increasingly being revealed, counseling psychologists have the opportunity to further manifest our unique values personally and professionally. Therefore, as President, I will build upon the vision of previous SCP leaders and work with the multiple SCP generations to achieve the following goals: (1) integrate multicultural and social justice values into SCP activities and leadership; (2) increase engagement in discussions of master’s-level and doctoral-level training; and, (3) strengthen the multicultural and social justice influence 17 member and leaders have within APA and their communities. I look forward to serving you as the next SCP President.

 “What are the one or two greatest challenges facing the SCP (and/or counseling psychology), and how would you hope to address the challenge(s) during your presidency?”

 One of the largest challenges currently facing counseling psychology involves the sociopolitical times we are living in at this moment. In a time when the world literally feels like it has been turned upside down in terms of the progress we have made towards diversity, equity, and inclusion, the values we hold as counseling psychologists can guide us as individuals working in our settings and in further development as a profession. As counseling psychologists, we are trained with unique values of multiculturalism and social justice. We also value well-being, relationship-building, strength-based coping, and thriving growth across the lifespan. These values can guide us to initiate and sustain courageous conversations in not only addressing important inequities and injustice, but also transforming the ways that live, work, and engage our local communities related to these values. I believe we can draw upon the long history of counseling psychology to meet these challenges, which is why two of my major goals include: (1) integrating multicultural and social justice values into all SCP activities and leadership and (2) strengthening the multicultural and social justice influence 17 member and leaders have within APA and their communities.

A second challenge facing SCP entails the unique needs we have as a profession related to master’s and doctoral-level training. I am interested in finding new ways to promote counseling psychology as a discipline at both levels. As someone who was trained in a counseling psychology where I learned alongside counselor education students, and as someone who has held multiple leadership roles within the American Counseling Association and who has coordinated a counselor education doctoral program, I am well aware of the pressing issues we face at the master’s level in our profession. I also see the opportunities for multi-generation dialogue within SCP about master’s level training in order to ensure that the future decisions we advocate for related to accreditation, training foci (e.g., multicultural and social justice advocacy), and other issues involve wider engagement of our counseling psychology community members from clinical and research backgrounds in the decisions we are challenged to make.


VICE PRESIDENT for INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS                                       


Ayşe Çiftçi, Ph.D.

I am very excited to be nominated as the VP for International Affairs after being appointed as the inaugural VP in 2016. I am a Fellow of Division 17 and Division 52 (International Psychology). I received a Presidential Citation from past-president Nadine Kaslow for my contributions to Early Career Psychologists and my international work. At Purdue University, my research team focuses on international issues with students from multiple parts of the world, and together we represent over ten different languages. In 2014, I was named Purdue University Faculty Scholar.

I also have leadership experiences in Division 17, Division 52 (Past-Secretary), CCPTP and APA. Specifically, I served on: (a) the APA Committee on ECP for three years and chaired the committee, (b) APA Implementation Work Group to develop implementation and transition plans to enhance the nimbleness of APA governance and increase member engagement, (c) President Kaslow’s education and training initiative, “Opening Doors Summit: Facilitating Transitions from Doctoral Education to First Job.” Currently, I am the president of Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs and elected chair for Council of Chairs of Training Councils. In all these leadership experiences, as an immigrant Muslim woman, I raised issues connected to the international affairs and worked hard to bring more awareness about international issues. For example, currently, I am chairing a taskforce including members from six training councils at CCTC to address specific concerns related to the international students, faculty and staff in education and training of psychology. In our most recent CCPTP mid-winter meeting, we included a focus on international counseling psychology by organizing a panel with colleagues from four different countries. If elected, I will continue to help advance international affairs in our Society, as well as facilitate ways to help counseling psychologists be more connected and involved around the world.

“What is your vision for SCP’s role in the global psychology community?”

I moved to the US from Turkey to pursue my doctoral degree in counseling psychology. I became involved in D52 (International Psychology) as a student and made SCP home after the formation of the International Section. My leadership experiences continued in the International Section as the inaugural Newsletter editor, membership co-chair; in D52 as Secretary (please see my Statement). SCP has always been perceived as a leader division at APA for our focus on international affairs. As an international counseling psychologist, I’m extremely thankful to our leaders and their vision for the advancement of international issues in SCP.

I vision SCP as a hub for the global psychology community. SCP can be a resource, facilitator and a social justice change agent for the global psychology community by collaborating with colleagues from around the world. Coming from a collective culture, I strongly believe in community building. When I was appointed as an inaugural VP for International Affairs last year, I focused on developing a Strategic Plan for this position. At the 2017 National Multicultural Conference Summit, we had a strategic planning to develop short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for the Society specifically in seven areas: (1) Educational Affairs, (2) Practice, (3) Research, (4) International Network, (5) Leadership Development, and (6) International Policy. We identified key data needed to advance the international affairs and recommended specific action items in each area. I am hoping that this Strategic Plan will be approved by the EB in August 2017 and will guide the development of specific initiatives and priorities.

As the VP, I will work hard to meet these goals and develop the right mechanisms to bring people together. In doing so, I will keep several issues always in my mind:

  1. To LISTEN and learn from the global psychology community. Unfortunately, we continue to have a patriarchal, hierarchal and US-focused perspective on global psychology community.
  2. To RECOGNIZE our privilege in the global psychology community. It is critical to be aware of our privilege in our identities (e.g., as an Anglo person from the US giving a talk outside of the US) and learning to be allies for the global community.
  3. To CONNECT with our international students and colleagues in the US. We need to do a better job with addressing issues and concerns related to our international colleagues and find more collaborative ways to learn from them.
  4. To LEARN how to be social justice advocates for the global psychology community. Social justice work looks very different based on your community. We need to engage with our colleagues outside of the US and with each other to find better ways to fight sexism, racism, heterosexism and such in our global community.
  5. To REACH OUT different parts of the world specifically Africa and Latin America. If we want to be a hub for the global psychology community, we need to reach out and connect with all parts of the globe by recognizing the critical role of socio-political and financial inequity among the countries.

I look forward to continue serving our Society and our profession as the VP for International Affairs if offered this opportunity.


Julie Koch, Ph.D.

In our current political climate, international and trans-national issues are a pressing need in which the Society for Counseling Psychology should play an active role. Some recent examples of concerns include the drop in applications from international students to US colleges; children withdrawn from public schools in US-Mexico border towns for fear of deportation; and international scholars choosing not to attend professional conferences in the US. Counseling psychologists may play a more active role in two general locations: domestic work related to immigration and international students/scholars, and international or trans-national work related to the relationship of the US to other countries. My own international experiences are broad and varied, but include living in Japan as a Monbusho Scholar undergraduate student, working with the LGBT Centre in Mongolia as a Fulbright Scholar, and serving as one of two APA representatives to the International Psychology Network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex Issues. I speak Japanese and some Spanish and German, and value an understanding of global politics and relations. Moving forward, I feel strongly that counseling psychologists need to reach out of their comfort zone. Within the US, we can increase our trans-national collaboration, publish in international or multi-lingual journals, serve as expert witnesses for immigration cases, engage in professional development in foreign languages and cultural norms, and advocate for international student and scholar needs. We also need to reach beyond our borders and not rely on discussions to occur within the US about international issues. If elected as VP of International Affairs, I would encourage more SCP members to go outside of the US through attendance at international conferences; participation in Psychology Beyond Borders; or as international scholars through agencies such as Fulbright to gain greater exposure to international viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives.

 “What is your vision for SCP’s role in the global psychology community?”

I will elaborate on some of my earlier points from my Candidate Statement here. There are two locations in which counseling psychologists based in the United States can promote an understanding of international, trans-national, and cross-cultural issues: domestic and abroad.

Within the US, we can do small things, such as increase our own understanding of global issues, politics, and geography, by tuning in to BBC World News, or by reading globally focused news items. A major barrier to our understanding of global psychology is our reliance on English as our only language. We can engage in professional development such as building language skills; sometimes, even a small understanding of Spanish, Chinese, or Tagalog can go a long way. As practitioners, we can increase our understanding of the needs of international students, scholars, and immigrant mental health through reading journal articles, watching podcasts, or working with local agencies or schools who serve these populations. We can increase our pro-bono work with immigrants and collaborate with immigration law agencies to offer our services as expert witnesses on immigrant mental health. We can reach out to international counseling psychology scholars to engage in collaboration and research, and publish in multi-lingual journals or journals that are published in languages other than English. With the ease of technology such as Skype, we can “invite” international scholars into our classrooms or research labs or “visit” our international colleagues in their workspaces. Counseling psychologists have the opportunity to influence policy at the federal and global levels through the UN and the WHO. I would hope to increase SCP’s work with the leadership of APA Division 52, International Psychology, as well as the SCP International Section, and the APA International Affairs Office, to see what their needs are, and what ideas they have to increase our global involvement.

This work also needs to occur outside of the US. Counseling psychologists should reach beyond our borders. If elected as VP of International Affairs, I would encourage more SCP members to look for opportunities to travel or work outside of the US. Because funding for international travel is always an issue, I would hope to develop a clearinghouse of agencies that might support international work. SCP members should consider membership in international professional organizations such as the International Congress of Psychology or the International Union of Psychological Science. These organizations, as well as international regional and national psychology organizations, offer international conferences in which counseling psychologists may present their scholarship and meet new colleagues. Counseling psychologists might want to gain more familiarity with the organization Psychology Beyond Borders, which coordinates psychosocial prevention and response to disasters, armed conflicts, and terrorism. Counseling psychologists may also consider applying for experiences as international scholars through agencies such as the Committee for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)/Fulbright. All of these opportunities would allow US-based counseling psychologists to gain greater exposure to international viewpoints, experiences, and perspectives, and to expand their mental health application, research, and teaching beyond the US.


Chiachih DC Wang, Ph.D.

It is my great honor to be nominated for the Vice President for International Affairs (VP-IA) position for our Society. I am an associate professor and the training director of the Counseling Psychology program at the University of North Texas. Ever since I was a doctoral student at the University of Missouri, I was inspired by many mentors to volunteer and serve our profession. I grew up, completed my college education, and worked for a few years as a community-based mental health counselor in Taiwan. As an immigrant psychologist in the US, international affairs are always dear to my heart. I have served on the SCP Committee for Early Career Professionals, the Globalization Special Task Group, and the VP IAA Proposal Committee. In addition, I was the Professional Development Officer for the Taiwanese Psychology Network and served as the Secretary and later Co-Chair of the SCP International Section. Currently, I am the SCP Connect (the online newsletter) coordinator. One of the hallmark features and strengths of SCP is our emphasis on cultural diversity and social justice, which has enabled us to attract a higher percentage of international trainees and has produced more international alumni than many other psychology disciplines. If elected as the VP-IA, I would devote my time to establish more regular teaching, research, and clinical training collaborative programs at the organizational and university levels. I would also encourage more US training programs to include international and cross-cultural psychology materials in their curriculums so that more US-trained counseling psychologists are prepared for the global era. In addition, I would advocate for SCP members and students with international backgrounds and interests, and allocate more resources to support SCP members to engage in international visiting activities to gain first-hand cross-cultural emersion experiences.

 What is your vision for SCP’s role in the global psychology community?

 Compared to other psychology sub-disciplines, I believe SCP is in a unique position to serve as a facilitator in enhancing the international awareness and knowledge of US-based psychologists, as well as, better connecting us with the global psychology community. Despite the globalization movement vigorously unfolding in the past 2-3 decades, psychology research, literature, teaching, and training continues to reflect the power inequality from the century-old Western colonization era. Theories and models developed and validated in North America are often regarded as universal models or blue prints for all human behaviors. Unfortunately, this bias is held by many US-based psychologists and psychological researchers due to a lack of adequate training and cross-cultural emersion experiences. Among psychology sub-disciplines in the US, SCP has always taken a leading role in social justice issues; we can also actively contribute to the global psychology community by applying many of the multicultural counseling competencies and social justice principles to advocate and promote egalitarian globalization of psychology.

To achieve these goals, if elected as SCP VP for International Affairs, I will reach out to connect with international SCP alumni to establish a global SCP network and database that is accessible to all SCP members. I would like to find ways to expand current research, teaching, and training collaborations with international colleagues and psychology organizations, especially those in Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Africa. While working with them, I will strive to develop mutually beneficial and respectful relationships by promoting indigenous psychology that recognizes and honors local cultural wisdom, practices, and traditions. I would like to develop programs to promote awareness among SCP and APA members of the biases and colonial oppressions on many non-Western cultures and regions. I would also encourage inclusion of more international literature or training materials in regular curriculums to help next-generation counseling psychologists develop stronger global perspectives and macro-level knowledge.



Cirleen DeBlaere, Ph.D.

Biography: Cirleen DeBlaere is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at Georgia State University. Her areas of interest and expertise include the complex relationships between minority stressors (e.g., discrimination, internalized oppression) and mental health for marginalized populations, with a particular focus on the experiences of individuals with multiple marginalized identities, and multicultural competence in therapy and training. In addition to her leadership roles in other APA divisions (Co-Chair, Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, APA 44), Cirleen has served SCP as a member of the International and ECP Subcommittees of the 2014 Counseling Psychology Conference Planning Committee, Awards and Recognition Committee, Programming Committee, Subcommittee on Social Action, and as a faculty member of the 2016 Leadership Academy. Also, as Tri-Chair of the STG on Engagement, she Co-Chaired the effort that developed the Vice President for International Affairs position. Recently, Cirleen co-founded the Division on Asian Americans of Multiracial Heritage within the Asian American Psychological Association.

Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve as the VP of Diversity and Public Interest, and am excited to serve the Society and its members in this role. If elected, I would work to center issues of diversity and social justice within SCP through the following goals: (1) partner across SCP sections and subcommittees to identify, organize, and implement diversity and social justice initiatives, (2) collaborate with stakeholders from other APA divisions and psychological associations invested in diversity and social justice to develop coalitions of directed action that impact policy, and (3) recruit, mentor, and engage students and ECPs from diverse cultural backgrounds to facilitate a pipeline of SCP leadership that is representative and inclusive of multiple perspectives. I am inspired by the dedication of those who have held this position and am committed to continuing their tireless efforts if elected.

“What is your position on SCP public interest initiatives when SCP members’ perspectives may differ?”

 First, my position on SCP public interest initiatives more broadly is that they are important. We are a division that espouses a commitment to diversity and social justice. Accordingly, public interest initiatives are one way that SCP can elevate dialogue and advocate for action pertaining to important social issues impacting our members, the nation, and the world. Second, I support the idea that differences of perspective can facilitate deeper understanding and hold the potential for important growth. Indeed, one of my goals as VP of Diversity and Public Interest is to engage culturally diverse students and early career professionals in SCP and SCP leadership. One reason for this is that I believe having diverse perspectives present “at the table” facilitates discussions and development of initiatives that are maximally responsive.

I recently co-presented on the topic of conflict and organizational leadership at the 2017 National Multicultural Conference and Summit. We discussed that when disagreements arise, multiple outcomes are possible. For example, individuals or groups can become fixated on the disagreement, antagonistic, or attempt to avoid the conflict altogether. The hoped for outcome, however, is collaborative discussion. I would add that we as counseling psychology professionals and professionals-in-training already possess the skills that facilitate collaborative discussion. These include empathy, humility, setting an intentionality or goal, active listening, and a non-judgmental orientation. Thus, my position is that public interest initiatives continue to be important even, and perhaps most critically, when members hold differing perspectives. It is in these spaces that we have the opportunity to exercise our training and values as counseling psychologists and social justice agents to grow as a division and to model how to engage in difficult dialogues about social issues, identity, oppression, privilege, and justice for the greater good.


Silvia Lorena Mazzula, Ph.D.

I am honored to be considered for this leadership role. Influenced by personal inquiries regarding the efficacy of clinical interventions with under-represented populations and interest in social justice advocacy, I obtained graduate training in counseling psychology.

I am a tenured associate professor at John Jay College, and first generation college student. My research focuses broadly on culture, mental health, and pipeline development, funded by federal, private foundations and organizations as PI or Co-PI (e.g., NIH, NIDA, CDC, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, APA’s CEMRRT). I have appeared or featured in media on issues of diversity (e.g., NBC, National Public Radio, Diversity Insight Magazine) and am the Co-Editor of a four-volume encyclopedia, SAGE Encyclopedia on Psychology and Gender (SAGE Publications Inc.) and first author of Ethics for Counselors: Integrating Counseling and Psychology Standards (Springer Publishing Company), both to be released later this year.

I bring broad leadership experience, and one grounded in extensive counseling, research, and teaching experiences on diversity and inclusion. I am the former President of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey, and currently a member of leadership boards or committees on research, diversity and teaching excellence. I am also a member of the National Latino/a Psychological Association and founder and executive director of the Latina Researchers Network: the country’s first multi-disciplinary network for Latina researchers, scholars and allies, where I manage program design, incubation and evaluation to support retention and recruitment of under-represented investigators.

If elected, my goals are to strengthen efforts to inform culturally relevant services, narrow the gap between teaching, practice and research, and increase retention and recruitment of underrepresent students, counselors and psychologists. I would bring bring a fresh, inter-disciplinary, and collaborative perspective, in-depth understanding of leveraging social media to increase access and community, knowledge of organizational leadership and commitment to social justice.

“What is your position on SCP public interest initiatives when SCP members’ perspectives may differ?”

The current sociocultural and sociopolitical climate provides both challenges and opportunities. I believe the idea that we would all have the same perspective on improving the lives of those we serve is an illusion. The effectiveness of SCP public interest initiatives requires shared power, reciprocity and commitment to work together to achieve a common ground toward cultural relevancy and social justice work.

SCP in a unique position to improve interdisciplinary, culturally relevant and meaningful work to alieve distress of many of our communities during these challenging times. Equity and inclusion are not only about respecting and including diverse sociocultural backgrounds and socialpolitical identities, but also about bringing to the table diverse perspectives, theoretical orientations and work experiences.

Leadership must understand the priorities, vision, and needs of their members. I strongly believe a village is only as strong as its people: whether physically or virtually, diverse perspectives in thinking, expertise and experience, must be present at the table.

Dan Walinsky, Ph.D.

As a candidate for VP for Diversity and Social Action, I must first acknowledge the ways in which my own contextual experiences of intersecting privilege and marginalization have influenced my development and worldview; and I cannot express enough gratitude for the guidance of formal and informal teachers and mentors.

In this position I would be excited to continue SCP’s social justice efforts, processes, and actions. During a 3-year term, I want our membership to deepen their understanding and commitment to using their individual selves, relational constellations, and cultural strengths to achieve more just outcomes in SCP, our profession, and communities; and to increase their understanding of how to use scientific, clinical, and advocacy skills to work toward liberation and justice. In turn, we can increasingly use our knowledge to fulfill our ethical mandate to “do no harm.” With intention and willingness, we can address issues of social injustice as they impact us within and beyond our field. As a participant in Dr. Tania Israel’s STG on Privilege, I witnessed colleagues successfully navigating difficult dialogues and developing ongoing relationships based on shared commitments to understanding the role of privilege in their lives. During the past three years, with Dr. Anneliese Singh’s Subcommittee on Social Action, we have increased our advocacy and action efforts within our society. Moving forward, I intend to maintain the relational and action-oriented highlights of these programs, guided by the multiple and diverse voices of our society. Through social action and collaborative engagement opportunities I want to support efforts to promote personal, relational, and community liberation within and outside of our organization, and across our profession and communities. In order to do so, I will work to support maintenance and development of in-person and online spaces where members can build relationships founded on responsibility, responsiveness, justice, liberation, and care.

“What is your position on SCP public interest initiatives when SCP members’ perspectives may differ?”

As a candidate for VP for Diversity and Social Action, I must first acknowledge the ways in which my own contextual experiences of intersecting privilege and marginalization have influenced my development and worldview; and I cannot express enough gratitude for the guidance of formal and informal teachers and mentors.

In this position, I would be excited to work with the Board and membership to continue SCP’s social justice efforts, group processes, and actions. During a 3-year term, through relational commitments, intentional advocacy, committed action, and community education, I want members to increase their understanding of ways to put scientific, clinical, and advocacy skills to work toward liberation and justice. In turn, we can increasingly use our knowledge to fulfill our ethical mandate to “do no harm.” With intention and willingness, we can address issues of social injustice as they impact us within and beyond our field. As a participant in Dr. Tania Israel’s STG on Privilege, I witnessed colleagues successfully navigating difficult dialogues and developing ongoing relationships based on shared commitments to understanding the role of privilege in their lives. During the past three years, working with Dr. Anneliese Singh’s Subcommittee on Social Action, we have increased our advocacy and action efforts within our society. Moving forward, I intend to maintain the relational and action-oriented highlights of these programs, guided by the multiple and diverse voices of our society. Through social action and collaborative engagement opportunities I want to support efforts to promote personal, relational, and community liberation within and outside of our organization, and across our profession and communities. In order to do so, I will work to support maintenance and development of in-person and online spaces where members can build relationships founded on responsibility, responsiveness, justice, liberation, and care.




Annette S. Kluck, Ph.D.

I would be honored to work, as Secretary, on behalf of the Division membership. I enjoy opportunities to engage in collaborative and inclusive leadership and I am eager to be part of the Division 17 Executive Board (EB). I know the importance of carefully documenting the work of our Division and the contributions we make to the field of psychology. If elected, I would engage with other members of the EB to work on behalf of the membership and ensure clear communication with the membership about the priorities and progress of the Division.

I am an associate professor and Director-of-Training for the Auburn University Counseling Psychology program. I currently serve as a board member for the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (which included serving as Secretary for 1 year) and I recently became the Division 17 representative to the Interdivisional Health Care Committee. In each position, I view my role as helping to identify needs of those I represent and working to creatively and effectively address those needs in conjunction with other leaders of the organization.

Although there are multiple issues facing our field, some of the most pivotal that I see for us include continuing the important efforts of other leaders in our field with regard to social justice advocacy and the master’s training issue. I am also committed to helping the EB continue to (a) raise awareness of the unique skills and perspectives Counseling Psychologists bring to the practice of health service psychology and (b) strategically support the professional development of the future leaders of the field. Both of these are critical to ensure that Counseling Psychologists continue to have a voice in the settings where they work and within APA.

“What interests and values to you consider most central to SCP, and how do you hope to convey these and use them as a guide for decision making on the Executive Board?”

 There are a number of interests and values that I believe are central to Counseling Psychology and are important for our decision-making. These include:

  • Diversity, multiculturalism, and intersectionality
  • Social justice and advocacy
  • Relationships
  • Prevention, health promotion, wellness, and outreach
  • Self-reflection and self-awareness

For me, conveying these values begins with the priorities one sets, but requires one to act on these priorities.  As a person who has multiple identity statuses that come with unearned privilege, I work continuously to increase my awareness of how these identities shape the way I view the world and situations. Part of this is ensuring that others have a voice and a place to speak, and that we make ourselves available, listen, and remain open to the message. If we, as a field, value relationships, then we must value the individual experience of those with whom we interact. I use a collaborative approach to decision-making and I enjoy working to integrate the perspective and needs of others. I seek to identify creative and effective ways to honor the different ideals and goals represented within a group. I also work to engage in social justice advocacy. For example, in collaboration with others, I developed a course to provide opportunities for undergraduate students at Auburn University to engage in discussions about culture and to explore their own assumptions, beliefs, and biases so that we can continue to make progress towards Auburn University’s goals of inclusion and diversity. Transparency in leadership also fits with my collaborative approach. Transparency forces us to consider the values of our field and to attend to the voices of those who are frequently underrepresented. Transparency also makes it much more difficult to ignore values in making decisions due to increased accountability. An example of the way I use transparency in decision-making is our inclusion of a student representative at our Counseling Psychology faculty meetings at Auburn University.

The ways that I would convey and use the values of our field as a member of the Executive Board parallel the approaches I have taken elsewhere. I would actively seek out different perspectives, particularly from those who are underrepresented, and I would work to communicate with the membership about decision-making processes. I would work with the EB to consider how decisions made will affect the profession over time. In addition, I would work to support the EB’s engagement in strategic planning. In formal planning activities, reviewing values and assisting the EB to think about how the plan reflects those values can help ensure that the course set by the Division is consistent with those values. As the member of the EB responsible for documenting current and future activities, I would have a unique position that would enable me to continually reflect on and document how the EB’s decision-making and actions fit within these values. The process of documenting activities also would place me in a position to notice when the EB may be paying less attention to some of our values.


Amy L. Reynolds, Ph.D.

I am honored to be nominated for Secretary for the Society of Counseling Psychology (SCP) and would love the opportunity to serve in Division 17 leadership. Division 17 has been my professional home since I was a doctoral student at Ohio State University. I received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Ohio State University in 1988. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo and the Director of Training for the combined doctoral program in Counseling Psychology/ School Psychology. My teaching and research expertise is in the area of multicultural competence and training in counseling and higher education.

I have been a Reviewer for the SCP Program Committee since 2002, am a current member of the Leona Tyler Award Committee, and recently it was my privilege to serve as the Program Chair for the 2015 Convention in Toronto. I also am an Executive Board Member and Secretary for the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) where I am responsible for taking minutes of all Executive Board and CCPTP Business meetings and communicating them to our members. While not a requirement for my position as Secretary for CCPTP, I took the initiative to suggest the creation of a Standing Committee for Diversity in order to strengthen and codify our commitment to multicultural issues as a training group. Thinking outside the box and building commitment to diversity is central to everything I do.

My membership in SCP is very important to me which is why being chosen as a SCP Fellow in 2014 is one of my most cherished professional accomplishments. Having the opportunity to serve as Secretary for SCP would allow me to use my organizational, communication, and leadership abilities to benefit our beloved Division 17.

“What interests and values to you consider most central to SCP, and how do you hope to convey these and use them as a guide for decision making on the Executive Board?”

As a specialty, Counseling Psychology is committed to many values that I hold dear. Our focus on developmental, holistic, and strength-based growth is central to our work in prevention, multiculturalism/social justice, and vocational psychology/career counseling. Of all of these essential and affirming ideals and goals, I have spent most of my career focusing on multicultural training and education within psychology and higher education because I firmly believe that when the students we train, the organizations where we work, and the communities where we live are committed to inclusion, diversity, and social justice, then our potential for health, well-being, and success is magnified. It is through enacting these values that we, as counseling psychologists, can do our part to create a better and more affirming world.

Ever since I was a doctoral student, the following quote by Frances Moore Lappe has guided my work and my life: “Every aspect of our lives is in a sense, a vote for the kind of world we want to live in.” This saying has always been a north star for me guiding me to live a more intentional and authentic life. While I often struggle with achieving that lofty goal, I believe it is the commitment to that effort that is most essential.

As Secretary and member of the Executive Board of SCP, I would bring those same values and commitment to everything I do. I believe as leaders we must always consider our positionality, privilege, and the impact that our decisions have on our members, our profession, and the larger society. Whether it is our annual convention programs, our publications, our communication with our membership, and the tasks and activities that we prioritize, we must always be invested in the ongoing process of achieving awareness and be willing to examine the impact of SCP on both a micro and macro level. We must extend our vision and our efforts to enact our values and achieve the broadest change possible within our organization and beyond. In order to achieve that, we must value process as much as we value the traditional structure and priorities of SCP and be as sensitive to the impact that our decisions have as we are of the intention of our actions. By enhancing our ability to be inclusive and deliberative as an organization, we can strive to address the needs of all of our members, our specialty, our communities, and our society. From my perspective, that means being strategic in what we do and using our professional strengths (e.g., commitment to diversity, understanding of how individuals and organizations grow and change, being focused on possibilities and strengths rather than barriers) not only as a basis for how we train our students and the next generation of counseling psychologists but for how we conduct the day to day business of SCP.

Nathan Grant Smith, Ph.D.

I am honored to be nominated for Secretary of the Society of Counseling Psychology. I am an associate professor of counseling psychology at the University of Houston and have engaged in service to SCP, APA, and other divisions throughout my professional career. Early in my career, I served as the chair of an SCP special task group on early career psychologists and subsequently was the inaugural chair of the SCP Committee on Early Career Professionals. I also chaired the SCP Section for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues. I am currently a member of the SCP Subcommittee on Social Action, working with my colleagues to promote social justice within the Division and in the world. In addition to my service to SCP, I chaired the APA Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns (now named the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity). I also chaired the APA Fellows Committee and served as a member of the APA Membership Board. Finally, I have served in several leadership roles in Division 44, the Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues, including co-chairing the Public Policy Committee and serving as Member-at-Large. I am a Fellow of APA and of Divisions 17 and 44. Service to my profession is an integral part of my identity as a counseling psychologist. As a mid-career psychologist, I enjoy mentoring early career psychologists and students in leadership. I look forward to the possibility of continuing to serve SCP as Secretary.

“What interests and values to you consider most central to SCP, and how do you hope to convey these and use them as a guide for decision making on the Executive Board?”

 One of the reasons SCP has been my professional home since I was a graduate student is its commitment to social justice. As I said in my SCP Fellows address, then-president Rosie Phillips Bingham’s 1999 presidential address message of “draw the circle bigger” gave me the strength to continue my work as a graduate student and was instrumental in the development of my professional identity as a counseling psychologist. By continuing to draw the circle bigger, SCP works toward social justice in the Division, within APA, and in the world at large. If elected Secretary of SCP, I would hope to continue this focus on social justice by continually being cognizant of power differentials, focusing on issues of privilege and marginalization, and actively engaging in advocacy within the Division and APA. With a social justice framework in mind, Executive Board decisions should actively consider the diversity of its membership, inclusive of, but not limited to, career stage, professional focus (practice, research, administration, etc.), and the diversity of social identities such as race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, class, immigrant status, religion, and other identities. It is not enough to have a diverse representation of persons at the table (though that is important and often not the reality in many of our professional homes); we must examine the consequences of our decisions on our diverse constituents and center the voices of those who are underrepresented in our decision-making processes.

Another SCP value that has positively impacted my development is its commitment to mentoring and engagement of students and early career psychologists (ECPs)—another way in which we draw the circle bigger. Early on, leaders in SCP reached out to, included, and nurtured me within the Division. As leaders in SCP, it is imperative that the Executive Board reach out to students and ECPs. As my colleagues and I argued in our TCP major contribution rejoinder focused on ECPs within SCP, “it is incumbent upon those of us with privilege [in SCP] to reach out and draw in those who lack privilege” (Mollen, Smith, Levy, & Magyar-Moe, 2012, p. 865). Those of us in leadership positions are privileged within the Division and should use that privilege to mentor and engage students and ECPs. Moreover, we must mentor and engage members at all levels, especially those of us with marginalized identities. As a gay man, the support and encouragement of my queer colleagues and mentors within SCP has been invaluable to me at all stages of my career. In addition to leading the Division and carrying on its day-to-day work, the Executive Board serves as the leaders of the Society and is in the position to create a warm and welcoming home for counseling psychologists and students. If elected Secretary, I hope to focus on social justice, center the voices of those who have been and continue to be silenced, and create an inviting professional home for diverse students and counseling psychologists at all levels.


Barry Chung, Ph.D.

I am honored to be nominated for a second term as the Society of Counseling Psychology’s (SCP) Representative to APA’s Governing Council.  I have learned a great deal during my first term, and hope that this experience will further enhance my second term’s service.  My previous experience in SCP includes serving as President, Vice President for Education and Training, Coordinator of Nominations for APA Elected Positions, Founder and Co-Chair of the Leadership Academy, and Chair of the Counseling Psychology Specialty Council Synarchy.  Within APA, I have served on the Board of Educational Affairs, Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest, Membership Board, and Finance Committee.  I believe that my broad-range leadership experience has prepared me well for serving as APA Council Representative.  I am knowledgeable of the governance structure, dynamics, and professional issues in SCP and APA, and I have developed skills to network and collaborate with APA colleagues to advocate for and make decisions on important issues facing psychology.

If elected, I will work diligently to address the needs of SCP and APA.  As an SCP Executive Board member, I will support efforts to advance counseling psychology, paying special attention to the recruitment, retention, engagement, and leadership development of SCP members from diverse cultural backgrounds, including international colleagues.  Within APA, I will address master’s training issues, data-based decision-making, efficient/effective governing structure and processes, and representation/input from all constituents of APA.  My leadership and advocacy will be driven by core values of counseling psychology.


Emily Voelkel, Ph.D.

I am honored to be considered for Council Representative. Leadership and service have been integral to my identity within and outside of APA. My leadership and investment in SCP started as a student serving on the STG on Counseling Psychology Competencies, and my passion for advocacy and social justice have continued to guide my leadership. During my term as APAGS Chair, I served on the Good Governance Project IWG and on APA’s Board of Directors during the Independent Review. These roles were fundamental in helping me understand and appreciate APA’s rich history as well as what will help move APA forward. These roles also gave me a deep understanding of APA few have at this career stage.

My Board year was particularly challenging and rewarding. I learned how to advocate effectively and work with others in governance toward shared goals when compromise feels improbable. I believe I established a reputation during service as being thoughtful about issues, willing to engage in difficult dialogue respectfully, and willing to speak out even if my views were unpopular.

As an ECP, I am invested in APA’s future. Our current data on ECPs suggest change is needed for APA to flourish. I have the experiences and characteristics necessary to advocate for change within APA rooted in our shared SCP values. If elected, I will advocate for changes that make APA more effective, nimble, and inclusive of all voices. In this spirit, I am committing to serve only one term as SCP Council Representative. Afterwards, I will advocate for another ECP new to Council to be slated. We have many excellent voices in SCP, though often only few are elected. If you choose not to vote for me, I urge you to vote for another ECP in the spirit of bringing new voices to governance.

“What values to you consider most central to SCP, and how do you hope to embody those values as you serve the greater mission of APA as a Council representative?”

I identify with all the values of SCP, so it is difficult to choose. That being said, values I see as core to SCP and myself include passion for social justice and diversity. It was particularly after my experience in Teach For America prior to graduate studies that I began to develop my own schemas about social justice, diversity, and advocacy, and my counseling psychology training served to further enrich and diversify my understanding of these topics.

In a broad sense, I hope I embody the above and other SCP values in my daily life through example. If elected to this position, I hope living by example would be evident to others in the topics I choose to bring to the table and the ways in which I interact with my colleagues. More specifically, I believe I would embody these values during my service by bringing forward concerns related to social justice or instances of exclusion when others may not have the awareness, confidence, or ability to do so. I believe part of being knowledgeable about social justice and diversity topics is being willing to speak out during times when others may be behaving in ways that perpetuate historical cycles of oppression, marginalization, and exclusion. I have the experience and confidence to speak up when I believe something is not right or needs further exploration. In addition, I believe self-reflection and humility are important aspects of embodying the values I named. I can therefore further embody these values by engaging in frequent self-reflection and being willing to admit if and when I have made a mistake or taken aspects of my privilege for granted. In the aftermath of the Independent Review, it is critically important we work together to ensure APA is focused on social justice and including diverse perspectives. Thus, I believe advocating for changes consistent with the principles set forth in the Good Governance Project and the recommended action steps post-IR are other ways I can embody the values stated. I was involved in the post-GGP working group and many of the post-IR action steps while on the Board of Directors, and I want to continue this work. Lastly, I will highlight additional ways I am committed to diversity and inclusivity. Beyond the above, I have made public my commitment to increase diverse voices in APA leadership during my recent APA service and in my campaign statement. It is critical to get new and diverse voices in governance frequently, a principle consistent with our shared value of diversity. By being openly committed to this principle, I further embody this value. If elected, I am committing to serving one of the two possible consecutive SCP Council Representative terms and to working to identify a stellar ECP SCP leader who is new to Council to run on the empty slate. I hope this further demonstrates my commitment to diversity and inclusivity, which I espoused in my previous service and will continue to advocate for if elected.