PSU Professor Dr. Gary Goodnough Recognized as Counselor Educator of the Year

October 5th, 2012 by blyndes


Plymouth, N.H. – Plymouth State University Professor Gary Goodnough has been named the Marijane Fall Counselor Educator of the Year by the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (NARACES). He is a professor in PSU’s Counselor Education and School Psychology department. Goodnough, a licensed clinical mental health counselor who is nationally certified, was recognized at the Association’s annual conference in Niagara Falls, NY last month. Dr. Gail Mears, Dean of PSU’s College of Education, Health, and Human Services and a Professor of Counselor Education, said Goodnough’s commitment to counselor education and Plymouth State have been exemplary.

“Dr. Goodnough is a dedicated Counselor Educator, a state and national leader in the Counseling Profession, and an inspiring mentor to students and colleagues,” said Mears.

Plymouth State University Professor Dr. Gary Goodnough accepts the Marijane Fall Counselor Educator of the Year award, presented by Summer Reiner, President of the North Atlantic Region Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

“This award honors not only his significant professional accomplishments, but the compassionate and caring spirit he brings to his work.”

The award is named after the late Marijane Fall, who was a prolific researcher, author and a national expert in play therapy. She retired in 2007 as Professor Emeritus from University of Southern Maine. According to NARACES, “This award recognizes a creative, generous, charitable counselor educator who has reached out to others in spirit, scholarship, and deed and thereby made a profound difference in the lives of those so touched.”

The specific criteria for being chosen for the award include:

● Has made a contribution in one or more specialty areas (i.e, School counseling, play therapy, clinical supervision, or other specialty)

● Leadership in state, regional, or national counseling organizations

● Consistently finds the good in others through kindness, empathy and warmth

●  Has reached out to others in spirit, scholarship, and deed and – made a profound   difference in the lives of those so touched

“Marijane Fall was a friend and mentor of mine. I’m speechless, humbled, and honored to receive the award that remembers her spirit,” Goodnough said. “I’m fortunate to work with amazing colleagues and students in a university that genuinely seeks to support faculty excellence. I truly love being a counselor educator.”

Goodnough’s  colleague, PSU Assistant Professor K. Hridaya Hall, nominated him for the award.

“Gary consistently finds the good in others,” said Hall. “Gary has an excellent ability to earn the respect and trust of those with whom he interacts and to inspire them to do their best. He genuinely cares for his students and colleagues and brings a warmth and lightness and positive outlook to the most challenging of tasks.”

Goodnough received his Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Virginia in 1995 and started work with Plymouth State later that year.

NARACES promotes Counselor Education and Supervision master’s and doctoral students, faculty, and site supervisors in the Northeastern United States by encouraging quality education and supervision of professional counselors who specialize in addictions counseling, career counseling, clinical mental health counseling, college student affairs counseling K-12 school counseling, and marital, couple, and family counseling.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.edu

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