Outstanding Professional Counseling Publication
This award was established by ICA in 1983 to honor and recognize the professional counseling contributions made by Dr. Wendell S. Dysinger, one of ICA’s founders. The outstanding professional counseling publication award is given to person(s) for an outstanding published article in professional counseling, human development, student affairs, and/or related areas.
Outstanding Professional Counseling Program in Illinois
The Leo G. Bent Outstanding Professional Counseling Award was established by ICA in 1977 to honor an ICA co-founder who was responsible for developing quality professional counseling standards in Illinois. The award is presented to recognize an outstanding professional counseling program.
Outstanding Service to ICA and Professional Counseling
The C. A. Michelman Award was established by the Illinois Counseling Association to honor a pioneer of professional counseling in Illinois who was responsible for developing professional counseling programs in Illinois schools and agencies.
McGinn/ Clark Award
Outstanding Illinois Legislator
This award was established in 1996 to recognize the Illinois Legislator who contributes the most to advocacy, public policy, and legislative recognition for professional counselors and clients in Illinois. The award is named for two women who have been consistently active in local, state and national levels for professional counselors in public policy and legislation. Pat McGinn has been the Executive Director of the IMHCA and CICO, and Joyce Clark has been an IAMC President and Chair of the ICA Public Policy and Legislation Committee. The nomination is open to any current or former legislator in Illinois, regardless of political party affiliation.
Outstanding ICA Chapter Award
This award was established in 1982 annually recognize the ICA chapter that contributes most to the promotion of professional counseling in Illinois and that promotes ethical and professional standards of professional counseling practice.
Human Rights Award
Outstanding Human Rights Involvement
The Bea Wehrly Human Rights Award was established by the Human Rights Committee, in 2002, to honor an outstanding human rights activist in Illinois who has distinguished herself as a leader in supporting the growth and development of all people.
This award was established by ICA in 2011 to honor a nominee who has modeled exceptional leadership in a number of leadership roles within the chapters, divisions, state, regional, national, and/or international professional counseling organizations over a period of ten years or more.