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Georgia Southern University LPCA Student Affiliate Organization

The LPCA Student Affiliate Organization (LPCA SAO) at Georgia Southern was organized in Spring 2004. The LPCA SAO is affiliated with the Licensed Professional Counselor Association (LPCA) of Georgia. It provides members with a unified voice for counseling students; information about licensure requirements, career opportunities, and other pertinent information students may need; seminars and workshops; and networking opportunities. The group also engages in advocacy and service activities on campus and in the community.

For more information about the Georgia Southern University, LPCA SAO contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Pam Wells (

Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society established for counselors-in-training, counselor educators, and professional counselors. The purpose of ΧΣΙ is to promote and recognize the pursuit of scholarship, research, professionalism, and excellence in counseling. The Gamma Sigma chapter of Chi Sigma Iota was initiated in March of 1994 at Georgia Southern University. Membership requirements include a 3.5 GPA or higher and one or more full-time semester hours of counselor education studies or equivalent. Benefits of membership include opportunities for professional networking and development.

For more information contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Kristen Dickens (

Professional Organizations

Professional organizations provide important affiliations for counselors-in-training and professionals by promoting ethical standards, research, and accreditation. Benefits include publications that keep students informed about current issues within the field as well as research and practice; workshops, conferences, and other networking opportunities to become more involved with issues relevant to the profession; and reduced rates for professional conferences and professional liability insurance.

The Counselor Education Program and faculty support student involvement in professional organizations including:

American Counseling Association (ACA)
(800) 347-6647

American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA)
(800) 306-4722

American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
(800) 821-7303

Georgia School Counselors Association (GSCA)
(888) 455-0997

Licensed Professional Counselors of Georgia (LPCA of GA)
(404) 370-0200

Last updated: 1/19/2021