Quincy University’s Graduate Counseling Program has been recognized as the 2017 recipient of the Leo G. Bent Award for Outstanding Professional Counseling Program in the state of Illinois. The award was announced at the Illinois Counseling Association Annual Conference held in November.

“To be recognized with such a distinctive honor was humbling, to say the least,” says     Dr. Ken Oliver, Program Director and associate professor of school and community counseling. “We were still in the clouds about the news of our recent CACREP-Accreditation, so this was unexpected.”

The Master of Science in Education in Counseling (MEC) Program is home to three full-time faculty who contribute via service and scholarship at the state, regional, and national level.

“We’re a small, but strong program with a wealth of potential to positively impact the region at large,” says Oliver.

The Counseling and College Student Personnel department offers three specializations. The department offers CACREP-Accredited specializations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling and a non-clinical specialization in College Student Personnel (Student Affairs).

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.