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Professional Development

As a way to continually develop their professional identity as a counselor, students enrolled in the Master of Arts degree in Counseling are encouraged to join and be active members of relevant professional associations. Membership benefits are numerous, though typically include access to updated research and journals, scholarship/grant opportunities, networking events, and ways to increase your professional skills and knowledge. 

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) 

CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. We promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. 


The Mu Kappa Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota at Central Michigan University is an active and growing chapter. Reinitiated in 2014, the Mu Kappa Chapter provides professional development programs, fundraising events, socials, opportunities for service, and advocacy on behalf of the profession. In 2017, the chapter was awarded the "Outstanding Newsletter Award" which commended their work in providing a functional, well designed, and informative newsletter for the chapter. The chapter has also received a chapter grant and statewide networking grant. Contact Dr. Allison Arnekrans, Mu Kappa Chapter Primary Faculty Advisor (arnek1ak@cmich.edu) for more information about getting involved with CSI. To stay informed about upcoming events, join our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mukappachisigmaiota/


The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.


The Michigan Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational org​anization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1965, MCA is the state's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.​


The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) supports school counselors' efforts to help students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they achieve success in school and are prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. ASCA provides professional development, publications and other resources, research and advocacy to professional school counselors around the globe.





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