Dr. Susan Branco
, a 2014 National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) Fellow, has been awarded this year’s Distinguished Teaching Award for Multicultural Teaching Excellence at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
. Her research interests examine how school and clinical mental health counselors work with persons adopted transracially and clinical supervision practices with counselors of color. For 14 years, she has maintained an independent clinical practice specializing in working with adults, children, and families connected to adoption and foster care and has professional experience working in community mental health, prenatal care clinics, and with immigrant populations.
Currently, Dr. Branco is the interim chair for counselor education programs at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Washington D.C. campus. She also serves as Chair of the Minority Fellowship Program Advisory Council. Dr. Branco is a member of the American Counseling Association and a division member of both the Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development and the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Latasha Y. Hicks Becton
, a 2016 NBCC MFP Fellow, was awarded the Outstanding Addictions/Offender Graduate Student Award
by the International Association of Addictions and Offender Counselors (IAAOC) at the American Counseling Association (ACA) Annual Conference in April. Ms. Becton, who is working toward a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has several years of clinical experience in addictions work with abstinence-based and opioid maintenance treatment programs, mandated and voluntary clients, and with various ASAM levels of care.
Her research interests center on developing and evaluating interventions for alcohol and drug policy violations in the university environment, and the impact of various pedagogical strategies on the training and education of addiction counselors. Ms. Becton is an active member of the American Counseling Association and the International Association of Addictions and Offenders Counselors.