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Group honors professor for vision, advocacy
Professor Don Ward bears the mace and leads the procession at convocation in December.

Group honors professor for vision, advocacy

In March, the American Counseling Association will honor Professor Don Ward with its Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy.

When Don Ward retired from Pittsburg State University’s Department of Psychology and Counseling in December, he could look back at more than 40 years at PSU and a long list of honors and awards he has received. He didn’t know it then, but he had one more coming.

In March, the American Counseling Association will honor Ward with its Thomas J. Sweeney Award for Visionary Leadership and Advocacy.

"I was surprised and overwhelmed when I learned of this honor, which represents recognition from my colleagues in the professional counseling association,” Ward said.

Ward said the award is especially meaningful to him because it recognizes two things that he calls his passion, vision and advocacy.

At PSU, Ward directed the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program. He has published many peer-reviewed articles and has frequently presented his research at ACA national and state conferences on group counseling.

“(The award) affirms the support I have enjoyed from colleagues, the administration and students that allowed me to immerse myself in the university and nationally in the counseling training activities that I have loved for more than 40 years,” Ward said.

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