TCA Awards

The Dr. Jamesanna Kirven Outstanding Counselor Award

This award is presented to an individual in recognition of his/her contributions in one or more areas of professional counseling. The award was renamed in 2005 to the 'Dr. Jamesanna Kirven Outstanding Counseling Award,' in honor of Dr. Jamesanna Kirven, the first Certified Counselor in Texas. Throughout her life, Dr. Kriven was involved in some form of educational activity. One of her greatest accomplishments was bringing the Principles and Theory of Guidance to Texas. Dr. Kirven worked as a Counselor, Supervisor of Secondary Area Counselors, and Supervision Director of Trainees for License in the Division of Mental Health. She also served as a Senator for TCA and was a charter member of seven TCA Divisions. 


The Molly Gerold Human Rights Award

This award is presented to an individual in recognition of his/her contributions in one or more areas of human rights. The award is named in memory of Molly Gerold, a counselor for the Northeast Independent School District in San Antonio. Molly was an innovator and was the district's counselor for the gifted and talented program. She was a creative, energetic woman who served as the Elementary Vice-President for the Texas School Counselor Association, contributed her poetry to the TCA Journal, and co-authored several articles.

 

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

This award is presented to a graduate student in counselor education whose dedication and academic work demonstrate excellence in the theory and practice of some significant area of counseling and exhibits outstanding scholarship. Students may submit nominations on their own behalf or have their work submitted by a colleague or professor.

 

John Shirley Advocacy Award

The TCA Advocacy Award recognizes an individual or community organization for excellence in legislative advocacy efforts. The award was renamed in 2019 in honor of John Shirley. John proposed, designed, and delivered TCAs first comprehensive Advocacy Training, creating a foundation for TCAs grassroots advocacy network. John was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to serve as the school counselor representative on the State Board for Educator Certification. He also served two terms on the TCA Board of Directors. John believes that effective legislative efforts require the tireless energy of individuals dedicated to making a difference for the future of the counseling profession. He models that engagement and is the mentor for many up and coming advocates to educate the state and governmental leaders regarding the importance of mental health wellness.

 

Research Award

This award is presented to an individual (or individuals) whose in-depth, academic research and work demonstrate excellence in the theory and practice of a significant area of professional counseling. 

 

Professional Writing Award

This award is presented to an individual (or individuals) whose writing demonstrates excellence in a significant area of the counseling profession. 

 

Layperson Exemplary Service Award

This award is presented annually by the Texas Counseling Association to a layperson as recognition of his/her exemplary service in the support and promotion of guidance and counseling in the State of Texas. 

 

Outstanding TCA Chapter Award

This award is presented to a regional Chapter of the Texas Counseling Association in recognition of their exemplary service to their members and in the support and promotion of professional counseling in the State of Texas.

Outstanding TCA Division Award

This award is presented to a practice-specific Division of the Texas Counseling Association in recognition of their exemplary service to their members and in the support and promotion of professional counseling in the State of Texas. 

Presidential Award

This award honors individuals who have given outstanding service and/or leadership to TCA and/or the counseling profession. The nomination deadline for this award is June 1st.

 

Truax Award

This award recognizes the significant contributions of an individual TCA member who has demonstrated, over a long period of time, a global vision and significant impact on the counseling profession on a national, regional and/or statewide basis. The award is named in memory of Dr. William E. Truax, a "founding father" of TCA. Dr. Truax a was a counselor educator and Dean of the College of Education at East Texas State University. In 1950, he helped establish the TCA constitution and in 1958, he served as TCA President. Dr. Truax remained a significant force in the association for many years, giving freely of his time as TCA Executive Secretary for nearly 25 years. The nomination deadline for this award is June 1st.

Recognizing the Best in Professional Counseling

Our members work hard for the advancment of professional counseling in Texas. TCA offers several awards to recognize hard work in all aspects of the field. Award winners are recognized annually at our Professional Growth Conference in November.