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Aug. 21, 2006
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KU professor honored with counseling psychology lifetime achievement award

Jim Lichtenberg

LAWRENCE — A University of Kansas faculty member was honored this month with a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the field of counseling psychology.

Jim Lichtenberg, associate dean for graduate study and research in the School of Education and professor of psychology and research in education, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs at the American Psychological Association’s convention Aug. 11 in New Orleans.

The council is the national organization of program training directors in counseling psychology. The award recognizes faculty who have distinguished themselves through significant, long-term service and contributions to education and training in counseling psychology.

“This is only the second such award given and is a tribute to Jim’s many years of service to psychology and to counseling psychology in particular,” said Tom Krieshok, professor of psychology and research in education at KU.

Lichtenberg was the training director of KU’s doctoral program in counseling psychology for 29 years. He served six years on the council’s board, two as chair and one as secretary. He is a board member of the APA Committee on Accreditation. Lichtenberg has also been a member of special task groups for the APA Board of Educational Affairs, most recently on its Special Task Force on the Assessment of Competencies in Professional Psychology.

In addition, Lichtenberg was on the Committee on Educational Affairs for the Society of Counseling Psychology (Division 17 of the APA), as the division’s first vice president for science; as the academic at-large member of the Kansas Psychological Association; and as the education representative to the Psychology Advisory Committee for the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board. He has written and published numerous articles on topics relevant to the education and training of professional/counseling psychologists.

Karen Multon, chair of the Department of Psychology and Research in Education, congratulated Lichtenberg on receiving the prestigious award.

“We are all very proud of him in the Department of Psychology and Research in Education, the School of Education and KU,” she said.

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