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Flamez tapped for Counselor Educator Advocacy Award

Brande FlamezLamar University professor Brandé Flamez will receive the 2015 Counselor Educator Advocacy Award from the American Counseling Association.

“I am very pleased that Dr. Flamez has been selected for this honor in recognition of the work she has done in fostering an awareness of and expertise in advocacy among counseling students,” said Carl Sheperis, chair of Department of Counseling and Special Populations, College of Education and Human Development.

Each year, the American Counseling Association recognizes and celebrates the achievements of counseling professionals who have distinguished themselves professionally as well as through service to others. This year, 31 counseling professionals will be recognized for their contributions in 21 categories. Formal recognition of award winners will be made during the National Awards Ceremony at the 2015 ACA Conference & Expo, March 12-15 in Orlando, Fla.

Flamez is a licensed professional counselor and clinical professor in the Counseling and Special Populations department at Lamar University.  She holds a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi in counselor education and supervision, a master’s from UT-San Antonio in community counseling, and a bachelor’s in pre-medicine and psychology from University of Notre Dame.

She is also the CEO and founder of the nonprofit SALT (Serving and Learning Together) world Inc. which provides volunteer services to developing countries.

Her clinical background includes working with children, adolescents and families in community-based and private counseling settings both nationally and internationally.

In addition, she helped design an outpatient program for court-referred adolescents and specializes in diagnosing and assessment.

An active counseling profession, she serves on the American Counseling Association (ACA) Governing Council for the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, ACA Finance Committee, a ACA Investment Committee, and is the chair for the ACA Publications Committee. She is also president for the Association for Humanistic Counselors (AHC).

Flamez serves on the editorial board for The Family Journal and the Journal of College Counseling, and has presented more than a 100 times nationally and internationally. With more than 30 book chapters and articles to her credit, Flamez is also co-author of the assessment textbook Counseling Assessment and Evaluation: Fundamentals of Applied Practice, Diagnosing Children and Adolescents: Guide for Mental Health Practitioners, and the upcoming textbook Introduction to Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling: Applied Practice.

In addition to her most recent honor, she received the 2014 ACA Kitty Cole Human Rights Award, 2012 ACA Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Caring and Humanitarian Person, and the 2012 IAMFC Distinguished Mentor Award.

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors.

The Department of Counseling and Special Populations prepares students to become highly skilled, culturally competent, ethical professionals who enhance human development in a dynamic, global community. The Department provides specific educational preparation for careers in counseling, special education, and English as a second language.

The department offers the Bachelor of Science in Special Education, Master’s degrees in Professional School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Special Education, and Special Education with Educational Diagnostician Specialization. Courses of study leading to professional certification are available in educational diagnostician and counseling and development.