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Hovestadt wins national counseling honor

July 24, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Alan J. Hovestadt, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University, has received a 2008 Presidential Award from the American Counseling Association.

The honor, which was presented during ACA's 2008 conference in Honolulu, Hawaii, March 26-30, was bestowed in recognition of Hovestadt's more than three decades of service as a counselor educator, mentor and advocate for inter-professional collaboration.

It is part of the association's national awards program for recognizing achievements of counselors who have distinguished themselves professionally as well as through service to others.

Hovestadt came to WMU in 1985 as chair of the Department of Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology and headed the department for 10 years.

A Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, he has expertise in counseling psychology theory and practice, family therapy, family of origin therapy, research in intergenerational transmission processes, alexithymia, rural mental health, and professional issues and ethics.

Hovestadt is a fellow and former president of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and chairs the Michigan Board of Marriage and Family Therapy State Licensing Board.

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

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