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WMU second in national ethics competition

June 13, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Three Western Michigan University counselor education doctoral students placed second in the annual American Counseling Association Graduate Student Ethics Case Study Competition.

The writing contest, now in its second year, attracted 18 doctoral teams and 45 master's programs from across the country. It is designed to educate ACA members regarding ethical issues and to engage graduate students in critically analyzing a potential ethical situation and creating an appropriate ethical decision-making plan to respond to that situation.

WMU's doctoral division team of Darryl Plunkett, Janee Steele and Darryl Steele came in second behind a team from the University of Virginia. The University of Minnesota was this year's honorable mention selection.

Members of the winning teams will receive an award and have their case study links published in Counseling Today as well as on several counseling listservs.

The ACA Ethics Committee developed the case study used in the competition. Participating teams were required to present their responses in a 15-page paper. Each team had to use appropriate scholarly literature relevant to solving the ethical dilemma and to present what actions they believed were most ethical to take and justifications for their proposed actions.

First, second and honorable mention awards were given in both the contest's master's and doctoral divisions.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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