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                Humanistic Counseling

AHC Emerging Leaders Project

AHC encourages the development of the whole person: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects; promotes the dignity and worth of the individual within the context of community and culture; recognizes and cherishes diversity in an increasingly multicultural society; promotes advocacy within our profession, our home, and world communities; identifies cutting edge issues for counseling and human development professionals; and encourages dialogue and promotes solutions. The AHC Emerging Leaders was developed to allow leaders to participate in AHC activities, provide mentorship, and network opportunities.

Three Emerging Leaders will be selected to serve for the 2015 term (March 2015 to March 2016). The three leaders will consist of a master’s level student, doctoral student, and new professional. Interested persons are encouraged to submit a nomination be considered for the emerging leaders program.

Recipients must be an AHC member at the time of application and fall into the master’s, doctoral, or new professional categories. Emerging Leaders choose an area of interest within the division and receive mentoring in service. Emerging Leaders will also have opportunities to learn the responsibilities of serving elected leadership positions in our association.

Emerging Leaders will be featured in our newsletter, Infochange, and recognized at the AHC meeting at the 2015 American Counseling Association Conference in Orlando, Florida.

Interested applicants should submit the emerging leaders application (.doc) and candidate curriculum vitae electronically to VictoriaEkress@gmail.com no later than December 1, 2014.


The selection committee will notify applicants by January 31, 2015.

If you have any questions, then please contact Dr. Victoria Kress at VictoriaEkress@gmail.com


2014 AHC Emerging Leaders

New Professional 

Emerging Leader Recipient

Janys Murphy is an Assistant Faculty and has over 8 years of experience working as a licensed mental health counselor & chemical dependency professional. Janys provides both supervision and consultation for clinicians and masters level student interns with a specialized interest in working with women, adolescents, and the LBGTQ population. She specializes in addiction, co-occurring disorders, trauma, and application of yoga and mindfulness practices in a mental health setting. She earned her PhD in Counseling at Oregon State University in 2013.

Doctoral Student 

Emerging Leader Recipient

Paul H. Smith, MA, LPCA, NCC is currently a doctoral student in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Wake Forest University in 2013. He has clinical counseling experience in community, substance abuse, college and hospice settings. His primary research and professional interests are: inter/transnational counseling development, grief counseling, spirituality, and existentialism.

Master's Student 

Emerging Leader Recipient

Stacey Diane A. Litam, MA, PC (OH) is a doctoral student and a founding/board member of the Ohio Division of the Association for Humanistic Counselors. She is passionate about integrating holistic and energy-based psychotherapy into her individualized therapy sessions. Her clinical experience includes working in community mental health centers and with adults diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She values combining a proactive wellness approach with the Humanistic tenets of unconditional positive regard, empathy, and authenticity. Her research interests include multicultural competences and LGBTQ issues. The pursuit of social justice and advocacy within the fields of mental health, education, and counseling are important to Stacey and she is heavily involved within many professional organizations and programs.

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