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Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society of professional counseling. It was established in 1985 through the efforts of leaders in the profession of counseling whose desire was to provide recognition for outstanding achievement as well as outstanding service within the profession. CSI was created for counselors-in-training, counselor educators,and professional counselors whose career commitment to research and service through professional counseling. The mission of CSI is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the professional of counseling. University of West Georgia's CSI chapter is the Gamma Zeta Chapter. Dr. Becky Stanard started the Gamma Zeta chapter at UWG approximately 10 years ago and served as Chapter Faculty advisor until 2010. In 2010 Dr. Julia Chibbaro became Gamma Zeta's chapter faculty advisor and in 2011 Dr. Michael Keim agreed to serve as co-advisor of the chapter. In order to become a member of Gamma Zeta, students must have completed at least 9 credit hours and earned a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Dr. Chibbaro has applications available outside of her office, room 225, Education Annex.  Click here to go to the Chi Sigma Iota webpage.

New Inductees 2012                                  Executive Committee 2012


Graduate Student Affairs Professionals (GSAP)

The Graduate Student Affairs Professionals is the primary organization for graduate students in the College Student Affairs program and strives to cultivate enriching opportunities for professional and social development, while fostering opportunities for life-long learning in the field of student affairs.

Events Hosted: GSAP Annual End of the Year Awards Banquet, SAPplings Mentoring Program, PREVENT@UWG Gatekeeper Training, Other Socials and Events

Click here to go to the Graduate Student Professional Affairs webpage.


LPCA (Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia,

The mission of the LPCA Student Affiliate Organization (SAO) at the University of West Georgia (UWG) is to promote awareness of the counseling profession, and the professional development of counselors-in-training at the UWG. We are committed to the support and promotion of the interests of the LPCA and its members. The UWG SAO will provide a unified voice for counseling students. The goals of the LPCA UWG Student Affiliate Organization are to:

Did you know… that LPCs are excluded from all legislation, both state and Federal.  It is through the efforts of the LPCA of Georgia that the counseling profession is represented at the state level, and LPCA members are number 1 in the United States for Federal advocacy.  That only happens if all students, LAPCs, and LPCs join us.  Our membership dues fund our lobbying efforts.  Through the LPCA, members are provided mentors, help with licensure applications, discounts on liability insurance, free networking, workshops, and opportunities at the conventions.  

For more information please contact:  
Lisa King Smith, UWG Student LPCA [404-375-2036, laotsu3@gmail.com]
Mark S. Parrish, Ph.D., LPC, Faculty Advisor [678-839-6117, mparrish@westga.edu


National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)

The National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA) is the official student organization of the Speech and Hearing profession. The national organization was founded in 1972. The University of West Georgia chapter was founded in 1995. The West Georgia chapter has approximately 75 members annually and members participate in various fundraising, community service, and educational activities to promote speech and hearing awareness in the west Georgia community. The group sponsors 'Better Speech and Hearing Month' activities in May, participates in the Alzheimer and Autism Speaks walks yearly, and hosts mentors programs designed to assist student members in their academic programs. For more information on the West Georgia chapter visit our website.



Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC)

The Council for Exceptional Children is the primary professional organization for special education teachers. It is an international organization that is involved in a variety of efforts to improve the educational success of individuals with disabilities, as well as individuals with gifts and talents. Seventeen special interest divisions are active in CEC. UWG's chapter, #356, is more than 30 years old and functions as a student CEC chapter and an officially-recognized UWG student organization. Membership in the chapter is not limited to UWG students or to special education majors, although officers must be student members of CEC. Membership is open to anyone, community members or students, who is interested in working with individuals with disabilities. UWG chapter members participate in a variety of activities designed to increase awareness of disability and support individuals with disabilities and programs that serve them. For more information, contact the Department of Clinical and Professional Services, Area of Special Education, at (678) 839-6567.