Incoming ISU Professor Receives National Counseling Award

POCATELLO- Christian D. Chan will be bringing a national honor with him when he begins his career in the Department of Counseling at Idaho State University later this year.

On Feb. 21, Chan was awarded the Courtland C. Lee Multicultural Excellence Scholarship Award from the American Counseling Association. This award is presented to a graduate student in counselor education whose dedication and academic work demonstrate excellence in the theory and practice of multicultural counseling. Chan also received a $2,500 honorarium as part of his award.

Teaching and mentoring emerging counselors in multicultural and social justice competency is a priority mission for the ISU Department of Counseling. Faculty there say Chan has shown national leadership in service and publications in that arena. The students in the Counseling Department will soon have the opportunity to further expand their learning for working with diverse individuals as Chan brings his passion and experience to ISU. Chan’s future colleagues say they couldn’t be more pleased to have him join the Department of Counseling.

Chan will begin in the fall of 2017, teaching core counseling courses in the master’s and doctoral programs in the ISU Department of Counseling. Some of his other duties will include advising students, supervising internships and submitting grants. Chan is presently finishing up his doctoral studies in counselor education at George Washington University. His broad interests revolve around multicultural counseling, multicultural supervision and social justice.

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