ACA bestows distinguished award upon USD professor

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Kelly Duncan, Ph.D., assistant professor of counseling at The University of South Dakota, was honored by the American Counseling Association (ACA) as a recipient of the Arthur A. Hitchcock Distinguished Professional Service Award. This award honors service by an ACA member at the local, state or national level to promote or enhance the well-being of the counseling profession. Duncan was presented with the award at ACA’s annual conference in New Orleans, La.

For more than 20 years, Duncan has been involved in professional counseling organizations at the state, regional and national levels. Additionally, she has served as a member of the South Dakota Board of Education for 14 years and is currently in her fourth year as president. In this role, Duncan has tirelessly advocated for the South Dakota Department of Education to consider including school counselors in education initiatives and promote the vital role counselors play in the lives of children and families.

During her 15 years as executive director of the South Dakota Counseling Association, Duncan served as a strong advocate for professional counselors by lobbying for state legislation related to licensure, third-party reimbursement for counselors, utilization of licensed/certified professionals by state agencies, and for mandating that schools hire certified school counselors at the appropriate ratios.

A photo of Kelly is available for download at www.usd.edu/press/news/images/releases/Kelly_Duncan.jpg.

Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, 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 American Counseling Association provides leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services for its more than 42,000 members. For more information on the American Counseling Association, visit www.counseling.org.