Friday, April 5, 2013

RSC's Kirk Bowden Receives ACA Award

Dr. Kirk Bowden, director of Counseling and Addiction Studies at Grand Canyon was recently honored by the American Counseling Association as winner of the Counselor Educator Advocacy Award. This award is given to an ACA member or members who have been involved in legislative advocacy training and development. The Award was presented at ACA’s annual conference in Cincinnati, OH.

Dr. Bowden founded the counseling program in 2007. He is concurrently the chair of the Addiction and Substance Use Disorder Program at Rio Salado College. Dr. Bowden is the chair of the Arizona Board of the Behavioral Health Examiners (AzBBHE). AzBBHE licenses and adjudicates all complaints filed against professional counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapist, and substance abuse counselors in the state of Arizona. Dr. Bowden first served on the AzBBHE from 1999 to 2004 and was reappointed by the governor in 2009. When the behavioral health licensing law was enacted, changing voluntary certification to mandatory licensure, he was appointed as one of three professionals to write the academic requirements for the counselor licensure.

Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, the American Counseling Association is the world’s largest private, not-for-profit organization for professional counselors. Dedicated to promoting public confidence and trust in the counseling profession, the American Counseling Association provides leadership training, continuing education, and advocacy services for its more than 52,000 members. For more information on the American Counseling Association, visit