PSU’s Gail Mears Wins President Service Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association

August 18th, 2010 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-Plymouth State University Associate Professor of Counselor Education Gail Mears has received President Service Award from the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) at their annual meeting in Boston.

Dr. Gail Mears
Dr. Gail Mears

Mears has more than 30 years experience in mental health counseling and said she was gratified to be presented the award by her colleagues.

“I feel so honored to be recognized in this way,” said Mears. “The mission of the American Mental Health Counselors Association’s is to meet the professional needs of Mental Health Counselors. As a mental health counselor and mental health counselor educator, it has been a privilege to serve in leadership roles for this organization and for the profession.”

Mears serves as the Chair of the Counselor Education and School Psychology Department at PSU and coordinates graduate Counselor Education Mental Health Counseling and Self Design programs. Mears, a past AMHCA president, also serves as the AMHCA liaison to the American Association of State Counseling Boards and t and the Training Standards Task Force. She also serves as the co-chair of the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Interest Network.

PSU Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Julie Bernier said Mears was deserving of the award.

“Dr. Mears is the ultimate professional, dedicated to service within her professional field and I am so pleased to see her recognized in this manner,” said Bernier.

Mears received the Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award from PSU in 2009.

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

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