Reminder! 2017 Call for CSJ Awards and Grants

The Counselors for Social Justice Association seeks nominations for the 2017 CSJ Awards. The submission deadline for 2017 CSJ-sponsored awards is January 15, 2017. To be eligible for consideration, unless otherwise noted, all nominations must be submitted electronically to the CSJ Awards Committee c/o Joseph Williams (, using the CSJ award nomination form, on or before the deadline. Listings of awards, their qualifying criteria, and past awardees can be found on the CSJ web site ( Please note that some awards require supporting documents. Be sure to check out our newest award: The CSJ Outstanding Counseling Program/Agency Award


Also, the Counselors for Social Justice Association is pleased to announce that the application for the Social Justice Counseling Grant 2017 is open! CSJ will fund a maximum of 4 grants and up to $1,000 total. The submission deadline for 2017 CSJ-sponsored awards is February 1, 2017. More information about the grant is provided below.


The recipients of these awards and grants will be recognized during the 2017 ACA Annual Conference held in San Francisco, California. In addition, these recipients and their accomplishments will be featured in the CSJ Newsletter and on the official CSJ website. We encourage you to nominate those you believe to be eligible and to share this call with others.



‘Ohana Awards honors individuals in counseling who affirm diversity and advocate for social justice in the spirit of nine elements of the indigenous Hawai’ian concept of ‘Ohana or extended family.


Mary Smith Arnold Anti-Oppression Award honors professional counselors and counselor educators who have an exemplary record of challenging multiple oppressions in the counseling professions as well as in their local schools and communities.


The Reese House Social Justice Advocate of the Year Award honors an individual who has demonstrated social justice advocacy for students in K-12 schools as well as the school counseling profession including commitment to closing achievement, opportunity, attainment and funding gaps and/or ensuring career and higher education readiness for all K-12 students. The award comes with a $250.00 donation to a school organization/program of their choosing.


The CSJ Outstanding Counseling Program/Agency Award is designed to acknowledge counseling and psychology programs/agencies that reflect the mission of CSJ in their training of future counselors, work in the community, advocacy, etc. Programs or Agencies nominated for this award should demonstrate outstanding pre- service and/or in-service training in areas such as: social justice counseling, multicultural counseling, advocacy, and counseling socially and culturally diverse populations.




About the Grant:  The Social Justice Counseling Grant was established by Counselors for Social Justice (CSJ) to support social action-focused projects initiated by counselors that further the mission of CSJ:

·         The mission of Counselors for Social Justice is to work to promote social justice in our society through confronting oppressive systems of power and privilege that affect professional counselors and our clients and to assist in the positive change in our society through the professional development of counselors.


Funding: CSJ will fund a maximum of 4 grants and up to $1,000 total.


Who May Apply:  This grant competition is open to all members of CSJ.  Individuals with limited access to funding are especially encouraged to apply, including students, practicing counselors, and those working in marginalized communities.  Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal.


Proposal Format: Proposals must adhere to the following requirements in order to be considered:

•        Proposal must be no more than two pages excluding the application form and budget.

•        Proposal should adhere to the guidelines of the APA manual (6th edition)


Evaluation Criteria: A panel of reviewers will evaluate the proposals using the following criteria:

•   Proposed topic is aligned with the mission of CSJ and the action-focused emphasis of this grant

•   The proposal contains support from the literature or from other relevant sources for the need for the project (this should be approximately half a page).

•   The proposal addresses the needs of an underserved or marginalized group or community

•   The applicant provides support the feasibility of this project, including adequate resources, an appropriate timeframe, and an outline of the methodology and how the project will be implemented.

•   The applicant provides a budget with a rationale for each budget item. The applicant addresses how additional resources needed for the project and not included in the budget will be provided/acquired.


As a condition of the acceptance of the grant award, the awardee is required to

•        Submit a final report on the project that will be shared with the CSJ membership through the website and newsletter.

•        Acknowledge the CSJ financial support of the project in all reports, presentations, or publications related to the supported project.

•        Maintain CSJ membership throughout the entirety of the project and for at least 2 years after completion of the project.

•        Attend the CSJ brunch/luncheon at the annual ACA conference for formal acceptance of the award


Deadline for Submission:  The deadline for submission is February 1, 2017


Submission Instructions — Your email attachments must include:

•        One “blind” copy of the proposal with the budget on the last page (this copy shall have no author identification on it)

•        One copy of the proposal with author identification

•        One application form (see below)


These must be contained in one email with three attachments to Dr. Joseph M. Williams (, CSJ Counseling Representative, in a Word or PDF document.



Joseph M. Williams, PhD, NCC

Assistant Professor

Counseling and Development Program

College of Education and Human Development

George Mason University

Krug Hall 202c, Mail Stop 1H1

4400 University Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030

(703) 993-5343 (office)

(703) 993-5577 (fax)


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