Counseling Center Director Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

NC State Counseling Center and Prevention Services Executive Director Monica Osburn receives lifetime achievement award from the largest organization of campus mental health leaders in the world.

Each year, the Association of College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) honors members who embody the highest level of excellence in the support of campus mental health. The AUCCCD Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the decades of service Dr. Monica Osburn provided, not just at NC State, but on a national level.

“I was so shocked when I got the call,” said Dr. Osburn. The recognition allowed her to reflect on her contributions and their impact – a task to which, she says, she’s not accustomed. “I am the type of person who just works hard and tackles problems,” she said, “NC State has given me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students. It also provided me a vehicle to make that impact possible nationally, which is truly amazing.”

Fostering a multidisciplinary approach to college counseling and an advocacy for comprehensive counseling centers, Dr. Osburn dedicated her expertise to raising awareness of mental health services across the NC State campus and on a national level. She is the Past President of the American College Counseling Association and member of AUCCCD where she is actively involved in encouraging scholarship and practice for college counselors.

Dr. Osburn is a member of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance, where she is an advisor to the Postvention guide and subcommittee chair for the distance

counseling guide. She is a current member of American Counseling Association’s ethics committee and Governing Council representative to the American Counseling Association. Dr. Osburn was a co-chair of the young adult group for the LGBTQ lifespan task force and illuminate guide. Prior to NC State, Dr. Osburn was the Director of the Counseling Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke for 10 years.   

“I could not have achieved an award like this without having tremendous support from NC State’s Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the counseling center staff, and colleagues committed to college student mental health,” said Dr. Osburn.

Congratulations to Dr. Monica Osburn!