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Emerging Leaders Institute

In an effort to demonstrate a commitment to the leadership and professional development of ICA members, along with the advancement of our state association and the counseling profession as a whole, ICA hosts the Emerging Leaders Institute. The leadership institute provides members interested in being leaders in ICA and the profession with leadership skills and competency development. Members who participate in the institute will have diverse opportunities to actively participate in ICA Board meetings, serve on a committee, engage in projects of interest, receive mentorship, build professional networks, and gain exposure to the responsibilities associated with fulfilling elected leadership positions. 

The Emerging Leaders Institute will engage attendees in the following areas:

  • ICA History, Mission, & Organization
  • Leadership Development
  • Panel Discussion of Current Mental Health Leaders
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Social Advocacy 


The institute is open to all ICA members and non-member counseling students and professionals. 

Indiana Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2015. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Indiana Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.”

ICA created the program to assist future leaders in developing skills and competencies that can advance the counseling profession and consumers of counseling services. Applicants who have demonstrated a willingness and capacity to provide leadership are sought. ICA is committed to investing in Emerging Leaders who will endure and prosper in their service to the profession and counseling consumers.

The ICA Emerging Leaders Institute is intended to provide participants with opportunities to:

  • Develop their leadership skills
  • Learn about the governance structure of ICA
  • Become acquainted with individuals and groups involved in ICA’s activities and the counseling profession
  • Complete special projects on behalf of ICA
  • Develop personally and professionally as an Emerging Leader in the counseling profession
  • Broaden their professional network through service to ICA
  • Network with other counseling professionals and leaders

Past Emerging Leaders Institute:

May 6, 2017 (8:30 AM-4:30 PM)- Columbus Learning Center; Columbus, IN (Registration fee $50, including lunch + 3.0 CEUs)

Emerging Leaders Scholarships

*Not currently accepting applications

ICA is offering up to six Emerging Leader scholarship awards to attend the institute and participate in ICA leadership for the 2017-2018 year. Two awards will be provided for each ICA membership status: student, new professional, and professional. Recipients of the awards will partake in service to ICA during the 2017-2018 term (July, 2017-June, 2018). Recipients must be an ICA member at the time of application submission, and your status (i.e., student, new professional, or professional) should be based on your membership status as of July, 2017. New professionals must have graduated within two previous years to qualify for the program.  

Applicants for the Emerging Leaders scholarships will exhibited exceptional leadership potential and willingness to serve ICA for the betterment of the counseling profession and the Indiana consumers of counseling services. Applications are to be submitted to the Executive Director at 

Members of the ICA Board will review applications and select the Emerging Leaders recipients. The deadline for receiving applications is April 19, 2017. If you have questions about the application, please contact our Executive Director, (

As an ICA Emerging Leader, you will

  • Receive free registration for the Emerging Leaders Institute 
  • Be featured in ICA newsletter
  • Receive free registration for the 2017 ICA Annual Conference 
  • Be recognized at ICA Annual Conference. 

As an ICA Emerging Leader, you are expected to

  • Providing volunteer service to an ICA committee or project during the 2017-2018 (July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018)
  • Attend the ICA Annual Conference
  • Attend the ICA Emerging Leaders Institute
  • Attend ICA Board meetings
  • Commit to providing service to ICA
  • Provide feedback of your experience to the ICA Board by the end June, 2018

Criteria for Selection as an ICA Emerging Leaders

ICA Emerging Leaders must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Be a current and active ICA member
  • Graduate members must be enrolled in a graduate counseling program (master’s or doctoral), 
  • New Professional members must be in the early years of professional development (no more than two years since earning their last graduate counseling degree)

Nominees for the Emerging Leader* positions will be evaluated and selected based on the following additional criteria:

  • A letter or goal statement describing your
    • Leadership skills and experiences,
    • Why you want to be an ICA Emerging Leader, and
    • Area(s) of interest related to ICA’s organization
  • Enthusiasm for, and an ability to carry out the Emerging Leaders experience as indicated by the nominee’s goals statement and letters of recommendation.
  • Willingness to commit to volunteering for to a ICA committee, project, or task for the 2017-2018 year
  • Leadership Potential
  • Ability and willingness to attend the 2017 ICA Annual Conference and Emerging Leaders Institute

*Current ICA committee members are not eligible to apply for the scholarships.

Important Dates and Timeline:

April 19, 2017:

Applications Due (all required materials must be received by this date)

April 21, 2017:

Notification of Emerging Leaders recipients

May 05, 2017

ICA Annual Conference

May 06, 2017

Emerging Leaders Institute

Submit an Emerging Leaders Scholarship Application! *Not currently accepting applications

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