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Counseling Professor Receives Lifetime Award

Aug. 15, 2017
SHSU Media Contact: Tyler Pointer

Distinguished professor of counseling and Texas State University System regents’ professor Richard Watts recently received the Lifetime Service Award for his service to the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling.

ASERVIC, which is a part of the American Counseling Association (ACA), is devoted to professionals who believe that spiritual, ethical, religious, and other human values are essential to the full development of the person and to the discipline of counseling.

“The award is given to members of the association who have significantly contributed to the growth of the organization,” Watts said.  “I’ve been a member since fall of 1987. I spent six years as a student and 24 years as a member.”

The Lifetime Service Award was added to the association’s bylaws in 2008 and is named after the first recipient, Judy Miranti.RichardWatts copy

After 30 years in the organization, Watts is honored to receive such a distinction.

“I was very honored and humbled by it,” Watts said. “It was also affirming. It’s very encouraging to know that my peers acknowledged the work that I’ve done and wanted to express appreciation for it. It motivates me to continue my contributions.”

Besides ASERVIC, Watts is a member of the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Association for Humanistic Counseling, the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, and outside of ACA the North American Society for Adlerian Psychology.

“ASERVIC was my home when I started off. It was the first place I was published,” Watts said. “I’ve served on the board of directors, the editorial board of the division’s journal Counseling and Values, and as the editor of the journal during my time. With the work that I’ve done, it makes me more appreciative that my peers gave me this honor.”

For more information on ASERVIC, visit their website.

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