Counseling Students Receive Second Place in Annual Ethics Competition

Counseling winners

A team of counseling students from Webster’s Rolla (Mo.) campus has won second place in the American Counseling Association (ACA) 2011-2012 Graduate Students Ethics Competition with a paper titled Masters Level Ethical Dilemma.

Arti and Stephanie Dautenhahn (husband and wife) and Katy Goslin were surprised—and thrilled—to find out that their paper had been declared a winner.

“Initially, I thought the e-mail was just your normal ‘thank-you-for-participating’ form letter,” said Stephanie. “It wasn’t until I read it aloud to Arti that I realized we had actually placed second.” The Dautenhahns immediately shared their happy news with Ben Shriver, counseling coordinator at the Rolla campus; Necole Olmstead, their advisor; and their family and friends.

Arti Dautenhahn noted that working as a team was “perfectly natural” for the three students.

“Of course, Stephanie and I are married and do everything as a team,” he said. “We take all the same classes together in school, and most of our time outside work and school is spent teamed together as well.

“However,” he added, “the overlooked dynamic is between Katy and Stephanie. Stephanie is Katy’s direct supervisor–they both work at Boys and Girls Town of Missouri (a Great Circle agency) as foster care case manager and foster care supervisor. These already-set dynamics really helped everyone slide into their role on the team easily.”

“This achievement is exciting for the Rolla team, campus, and our program as a whole,” said Dr. Stacy Henning, Worldwide Director of Counseling. “We are very proud of the Rolla team.  The counseling students and faculty at our Rolla campus work hard in all of their efforts and deserve the ACA award.”

Henning noted that the judging for the ACA’s annual ethics contest is “quite rigorous.” She said that entrants are judged on written competency; delineation of ethical code; knowledge of related law, literature, and references; and clarity in description. More than 40 teams participated at the masters level in this year’s competition.

The Rolla team will receive their award during the ACA annual conference, to be held March 21-25 in San Francisco. They also will have their names published in the counseling journal Counseling Today and listed on the ACA website.

“A nice twist to the story is that as senior chair of the ACA Ethics Committee this year, I will have the honor of presenting Rolla with their award in front of hundreds of other masters counseling programs from around the country,” Henning said.

Ben Shriver said he was elated that his campus had placed in the ethics contest. “I’m very proud of our team,” he said. “Arti, Stephanie, and Katy are excellent students in all areas, giving their full efforts to every project.”