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LSU Professor Named Counseling Association Fellow

03/09/2012 11:13 AM

BATON ROUGE – The American Counseling Association, or ACA, Awards Committee has selected LSU professor Gary Gintner as an ACA Fellow. He will be recognized at an awards ceremony at the ACA Conference in San Francisco on Saturday, March 24.


Fellows are ACA members of professional distinction who have been recognized for significant and unique contributions in professional practice; scientific achievement and governance; or teaching and training; and have made important contributions to the counseling profession.


Gintner is an associate professor and the program leader of counselor education in the LSU College of Education’s Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Practice. His areas of specialization are diagnostic and treatment guidelines for disorders recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM, substance abuse counseling, positive mental health and treatment planning. His 30 years of clinical experience include work in outpatient mental health, inpatient psychiatric care, chemical dependency and employee assistance counseling.


Gintner’s research has focused on differential diagnosis, treatment planning guidelines, motivational strategies with substance abusers and the incorporation of positive mental health into standard care. He is a nationally recognized presenter on topics such as the DSM, Fourth Edition, and best practices in counseling. He teaches Theories of Counseling, Counseling for Disabling Conditions, Counseling Children, Internship and various electives.


The ACA is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the ACA provides leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services for its more than 42,000 members. For more information on the ACA, visit


The LSU Counselor Education program prepares students to function as professional counselors in a variety of human service settings such as schools, college counseling centers, mental health treatment facilities and private practice. Graduates use their knowledge and skills to help individuals, couples, and families from diverse populations to enhance life adjustment, foster personal growth and wellness, promote social justice and advocacy, and expand competencies in coping with environmental demands across the lifespan.


For more information about community and school counseling degrees offered in the LSU College of Education, visit

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