ACS Scholarships and Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) training award recipients. Each recipient received $500 to support their attainment of the credential.

Dr. Cheryl E. Cummings
Aiken, SC

Cheryl E. Cummings is interested in growing the profession of counseling by providing supervision and consultation to those interested in becoming licensed as professional counselors. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor candidate for the state of South Carolina. The scholarship will assist her in obtaining the necessary training to become an Approved Clinical Supervisor at the national level, to become involved with additional professional organizations and to receive further training to competently provide supervision services for counseling professionals.

Dr. Thomasina Odom Lawson
Myrtle Beach, SC

Thomasina Odom Lawson’s research interests center on counselor preparation and supervision of non-traditional students who are pursuing counseling as an encore career.

Dr. Lawson’s commitment to the counseling profession is connected to clinical supervision and mentorship. Viewed by both her students and colleagues as an advocate for students. She has published several articles and facilitated numerous workshops and conferences focusing on professional identity and career development of counselors-in-training.

Jyotsana Sharma
Blacksburg, VA

Jyotsana Sharma main area of interest is post-trauma growth or thriving. She is interested in studying the process of empowerment in women and hopes to help women in various cultures understand how this process applies to them in their cultural context. Through this scholarship, Sharma hopes to reach counselors-in-training for similar purposes, providing supervision that helps aid counselor development. Sharma believes that fostering curiosity is key to being passionate about learning beyond competencies, and that is what she hopes to foster for her supervisees.

CCE Professional Development Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 CCE Professional Development Award winners. Award recipients receive $500 to advance their professional identity and development as a CCE credential holder.

Dr. Miles Matise
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Dr. Matise is an Approved Clinical Supervisor and teaches counseling and psychology at Troy University. He is a Board Certified National Certified Counselor (NCC), a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), and a Certified Addiction Counselor (CACIII). His primary research interests are in the areas of spiritual development, contemporary issues facing families, and ecotherapy as a modality for mental health. As a counselor, he specializes in the areas of identity crisis, spiritual growth, and development. His vision is to help others along their healing journey by providing a compassionate presence, not by leading or following, but by walking alongside those who are committed to learning about who they are and why they are here.

Dr. Arien K. Muzacz
Salem, Oregon

Dr. Muzacz is an instructor/coordinator for Oregon State University’s Master of Counseling Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and an adjunct faculty member at Montclair State University. The Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential holder is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Oregon and on the supervisory registry for LPCs, and is also a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York. She provides clinical supervision in private practice. Dr. Muzacz’s scholarly interests include LGBT health disparities, multicultural counseling, additions, and supervision.

The 2018 scholarship application period is May 1- June 30. Apply at

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