Counselor ed student honored by regional organization

RachelHenesyRachel Henesy, a UF graduate student in counselor education, has received the Outstanding Student at the Master’s Level Award by the Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. 

The group is a division of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. The award honors master’s students who exceed the demands of their graduate program and show exceptional promise for a productive career in counseling. 

Henesy is pursuing her master’s and specialist degrees in mental health counseling at UF’s College of Education, where her focus is primarily on community counseling, adolescent development, counseling research, and social justice. She is currently an intern at the PACE Center for Girls, a Gainesville alternative school for adolescent girls. She also serves as co-president for the UF student chapter of Counselors for Social Justice and co-chair for the advocacy committee of UF’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professionals and educators in counseling. 

Rachel is a member of two faculty-led research teams and has worked as a student assistant on three grant-funded research projects. She has presented and co-presented at conferences held by the American Counseling Association, the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education, and the Florida Counseling Association.

Counseling honor society taps COE doctoral student

Chi Sigma Iota, the counseling profession’s international honor society, has selected Kacy Mixon, a UF College of Education doctoral student, as a 2012-13 international leadership fellow from a pool of more than 14,000 student members.

Fellowships are awarded to outstanding graduate counseling students based on exceptional academic achievement and leadership qualities displayed in their respective CSI chapters. The fellowship program is designed to assist future leaders who can advance the counseling profession and the CSI organization, which numbers more than 82,000 members.

In Mixon’s three years at UF, she has served the local CSI chapter as president and on numerous committees including awards selection and community engagement.

Ana Puig, assistant research director and affiliate professor in counselor education, said Mixon “is well known to fellow students and faculty as a reliable and selfless contributor to our unit and to CSI’s mission.”

Mixon is in her third year of doctoral studies in the counselor education and supervision program where she has worked with professor Ellen Amatea to create and teach a course about family and community involvement for teachers in training.

“Kacy has not only functioned as an effective team member in developing the course format,” Amatea said. “She has also developed engaging classroom presentations on the topics of family violence, grief and loss.”

Mixon has also taught stress and anxiety management, assisted counselor education faculty in teaching masters level courses in career development as well as assessment and treatment of violence in families and provided individual and group clinical supervision to master’s level students in the counselor education program.

Mixon is a licensed marriage and family therapist experienced in working with families struggling with   domestic violence, foster-care transitions and child trauma. She currently provides live supervision to marriage and family therapists in training and to complete requirements for approved clinical supervisor status. Mixon plans to continue teaching and supervising in the counselor education field upon graduation in 2013.


    WRITER: Jessica Bradley, student intern, news & communications, UF College of Education, 352-273-4449