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Danica Hays Elected President of Association for Assessment in Counseling and Evaluation

Danica Hays, associate professor of counseling and human services at Old Dominion University, has been elected president of the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Evaluation, a division of the American Counseling Association.

The ACA is the 55,000-member professional association that represents counselors in all settings throughout the United States. She is currently president-elect of the association and will begin her presidential term July 1, 2011.

The major focus of the division is counseling evaluation and research. According to the association's website, the Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education (AACE) is "an organization of counselors, educators, and other professionals that advances the counseling profession by providing leadership, training, and research in the creation, development, production, and use of assessment and diagnostic techniques.

"The mission of AACE is to promote and recognize scholarship, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in the development and use of assessment and diagnostic techniques in counseling."

Hays has been involved extensively in AACE since 2004. She is the founding editor of Counseling Outcome Research and Evaluation, a national peer-refereed journal from Sage Publications. She also hosted and coordinated the 2009 AACE National Assessment and Research Conference that was held at ODU and brought national counseling leaders to the campus.

This article was posted on: August 27, 2010

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