Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership
Award Background and Purpose
The Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership is a new award created by the CACREP Board of Directors honoring the momentous career of Dr. Bobby as a pioneer in the counseling profession. As President and CEO of CACREP for 30 years, Dr. Bobby’s influence on professional counseling and the accreditation of counselor training programs was legendary, particularly related to the development, growth, and maturation of the formal quality assurance mechanism that has been instrumental in advancing counselor education. In addition to her professional influence, Dr. Bobby demonstrated a passionate commitment for supporting counselors-in-training. Dr. Bobby made it her mission to champion counseling students by ensuring a unified academic pathway that is built on a strong professional identity, ethical practice, and real world experience. She regularly sought creative opportunities for students and practitioners to be engaged in advancing the profession, serving as a mentor to many leaders in the counseling profession over her long career. As a reflection of her career defined by visionary leadership and commitment to students, the purpose of CACREP’s Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership is to celebrate a doctoral student in a CACREP-accredited counselor education and supervision program who embodies visionary leadership aligned with CACREP’s core values.
The recipient of the Carol Bobby Pioneer Award for Visionary Leadership is Brandi Chamberlin, who is a recent doctoral graduate from the CACREP-accredited program at Liberty University. Ms. Chamberlin, while in her doctoral program, worked to enhance a strong counselor identity in herself, faculty, and graduate counseling students by advocating for the professional development of the counseling faculty. She is a member of ACA, AMHCA, AACC, ACES, CAPS, SACES, VCA, VACES, NCCA, and the Lynchburg Area Counselor’s Association. She served on the CACREP self-study team for the last 3 years and is a member of Chi Sigma Iota. She has given 10 professional presentations, has active research agendas in four areas; and served as a Conference Proposal Reviewer for the Virginia ACES, SACES, and the Central Virginia Counselor Development Symposium. Currently, Dr. Chamberlin serves the community in Lynchburg, Virginia in many ways. One example is her service as a Board Member for Patrick Henry Family Services, an agency which provides group homes, counseling, crisis housing, and foster family services. And a second example is, recognizing a need for affordable counselor professional development opportunities, she developed the Central Virginia Counselor Development Symposium which offers an all-day training symposium at a low cost ($30) to advance counseling. In her day to day work she has a contagious passion for counseling: motivating and inspiring others…just as Carol Bobby did for so many of us.