The Professional Counselor (TPC) confers the annual Dissertation Excellence Award to recognize original research that significantly contributes to the counseling profession. The awards committee evaluates entries based on the presentation and clarity of ideas, sound methodology and interpretation of findings, innovative quality, and contribution to the counseling profession.
Applicants must be current graduate counseling students in good standing or recent graduates of a university or college accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Applicants must also hold the certification of National Certified Counselor (NCC). Both of these requirements must be met and will not be waived. Dissertations eligible for the 2022 Dissertation Excellence Award must have been successfully completed between April 2020 and January 2022 and not have been published or submitted for potential publication. (Note: Inclusion in the ProQuest database is not a publication and does not disqualify a dissertation from competition for this award.)
Finalists will be asked to provide a copy of their full dissertation for the committee’s evaluation. The winner of the award will have an opportunity to publish an article based on their dissertation in TPC, will receive an honorarium, and will be announced in NBCC Visions, the official newsletter of NBCC, as well as on NBCC’s social media.