As director of the counseling center, Monica Osburn has been making a positive impact on the campus community since she joined the Wolfpack in 2012, but her dedication to supporting the mental health needs of NC State students has never been more apparent. In February she was named 2016 Director of the Year by the American College Counseling Association and this month she has again been recognized as the recipient of another prestigious award.
On March 18, Osburn was awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Counseling Association (ACA) for her role in helping create a comprehensive training manual for counselors focusing on the LGBTQ population. Osburn was part of the ACA’s 2016-17 LGBTQ Targeted Task Group that created the training guide titled “LGBTQ Counseling Throughout the Life Span”. The guide covers counseling individuals and families in the LGBTQ community, as well as supervising students and pre-licensed counselors working with members of the LGBTQ community. Osburn was recognized for her achievement during the ACA’s annual national conference in San Francisco. The manual will be distributed to attendees of the ACA’s June 2017 Illuminate counseling symposium focused on serving the needs of the LBGTQ community, and those who work with members of the LGBTQ community.
“LGBTQ Counseling Throughout the Life Span will be an essential resource for counselors across the profession, enabling counseling staff to effectively support the unique needs and sensitivities of students in the LGBTQ community. Congratulations to Osburn for her commitment to diversity and inclusion in the mental health profession.