LSU’s Jennifer Curry Honored by Louisiana Counseling Association
BATON ROUGE – LSU College of Human Science and Education faculty member Jennifer Curry received the Advocacy Award from the Louisiana Counseling Association.
“I can think of no other individual in Louisiana who has dedicated as much effort to advocacy on behalf of both the profession and of students/clients,” said Laura Choate, LSU associate professor. “She has only lived in Louisiana for seven years, but the impact of her efforts in that short time will be experienced by counselors for many years to come.”
Curry is currently an associate professor of counselor education at LSU, where she is the coordinator of the school counseling program. She also serves as interim associate dean of the College of Human Sciences & Education. Her education background includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Kentucky University, a Master’s of Education in human development counseling from Vanderbilt University and a doctorate in counselor education from University of Central Florida. Her research interests include career and college readiness and school counselor development, and she has published more than 40 peer reviewed articles, two books and presented at more than 70 national and international conferences. Alongside her students, she has served in soup kitchens and local schools, and supports youth ministry through St. John’s United Methodist Church.
The LCA Advocacy Award received by Curry was established to honor and recognize an LCA member who has taken the initiative to advocate for the counseling profession on a local and/or state level and by doing so, increased awareness about the counseling profession making it stronger and more visible in the state of Louisiana.
“In the four years that I have known Dr. Curry, she has promoted multi-level advocacy as an essential practice of all counselors; in the past year, however, I have had the opportunity to work beside her in state-level advocacy, and she has gone far above and well beyond the call of duty,” said Christopher T. Belser, Kenilworth Middle School counselor. “One can say that she has truly devoted herself to the counseling profession, and in her years in Louisiana, she has been a driving force in revolutionizing school counseling in our state.”
LCA is a professional association representing the many professional counselors in various work settings including licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, school counselors, college counselors, college educators, substance abuse counselors, career counselors, multicultural counselors and religious counselors.
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The College of Human Sciences & Education is a nationally accredited division of LSU. Formed in 2012, the college brings together programs and capitalizes on individual strengths to create a dynamic new college that addresses the socially significant issues we face as a state and nation. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Human Resources Education and Workforce Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library and Information Science, the School of Social Work and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer seven undergraduate degree programs and 18 graduate programs, enrolling more than 1,600 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. The college is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research and service and is continually working to improve its programs. Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at http://chse.lsu.edu.