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Dr. Ana Puig Named ACA Fellow

Dr. Ana Puig was selected as one of only two recipients for a 2020 American Counseling Association (ACA) Fellows Award. This award is the highest honor presented by ACA for contributions to the counseling profession. Dr. Puig serves as scholar and research director of the Office of Educational Research in the College of Education, and affiliate faculty of Counselor Education.  She is a licensed mental health counselor and qualified supervisor in the state of Florida and a National Certified Counselor. Dr. Puig has over 25 years of experience working with clients using holistic wellness and humanistic frameworks. She holds a Spirituality and Health certificate from the Center for Spirituality & Health at UF and serves as Associate Director for its research programs. She is also a core team member of the UF Mindfulness program. She has conducted research on creativity, counselor burnout and wellness, complementary therapies, and mindfulness and published articles focusing on these and related topics for the past 15 years. She will be recognized at an awards ceremony to be held during the general session at the ACA 2020 Conference & Expo in San Diego on Friday, April 17th.


UF Counselor Education Students and Faculty Advocate for Counseling at the Capitol

For the 5th straight year, UF Counselor Education students, faculty, and alum joined with the Florida Counseling Association (FCA) to advocate for the clients we serve and the counseling profession. The group spent the day meeting with state legislators and attending committee meetings at the state Capitol in Tallahassee. It was also Gator Day at the Capitol and the group ran into UF President Kent Fuchs along with other university and college leaders while there. A staff member from the American Counseling Association also flew to Tallahassee and joined the group for the day. A special thanks to the FCA Advocacy Committee Co-chairs (Kate Williams, UF counselor ed doctoral student, and Anne Flenner, UF CE program alum) for organizing the event.



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James Rujimora, master’s/Ed.S. student, Wins First Place in Leadership Essay Competition

James Rujimora, a second year counselor education master’s/Ed.S. student, won first place in the 2019-2020 Leadership Essay Contest in the Entry-Level Study Category for his essay titled, “Roots of Wellness.” His essay will be published in CSI Exemplar, the CACREP Connection newsletter, and at csi-net.org. The essay topic for this year was “Wellness Promotion through Servant Leadership”. The contest is sponsored by Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) International Honor Society  and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs (CACREP).

Myranda Warfield, Doctoral Student, Selected as ACCA Emerging Leader

Myranda Warfield, counselor education doctoral student, was selected as a 2019-2020 American College Counseling Association (ACCA) Emerging Leader.

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Justin Tauscher, doctoral student, Receives 2019 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Investigator Award

Justin Tauscher, doctoral student in counselor education, received the 2019 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Investigator Award sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

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Ataga and Gay, doctoral students, Selected for the Holmes Scholars Program and to attend the SREB Institute on Teaching and Mentoring

Jasmaine Ataga and Jan Gay, both first year doctoral students, were selected for multiple opportunities. They were both selected for the Holmes Scholars Program at the University of Florida.

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Dr. Hannah Bayne Receives the SACES Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Educator Award

Dr. Hannah Bayne has won the Outstanding Pre-Tenure Counselor Educator Award from the Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (SACES).

Dr. Elliott Woehler Joins CE Faculty as a Clinical Assistant Professor

Dr. Woehler’s research interests include the therapeutic relationship and enhancing outcomes in addictions counseling. Dr. Woehler is additionally interested in advocacy for populations struggling with addictions.