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