Richard Hazler Named American Counseling Association Fellow
Richard J. Hazler, professor of counselor education, was honored recently by the American Counseling Association (ACA) as an ACA Fellow.
Fellows are ACA members of professional distinction who have been recognized for significant and unique contributions in professional practice, scientific achievement and governance, or teaching and training, and have made important contributions to the counseling profession. The honor was presented at the ACA’s annual conference March 22 in Charlotte, N.C.
Hazler has extensive experience in school and mental health counseling, research, publication, and program development. He has worked as a teacher, consultant, and therapist in schools, universities, the U.S. Army, a prison, and private practice. Firsthand experience in the schools, research studies, publications, and presentations have established him as a sought-out consultant for the media, including the television shows LEEZA, Life Choices, ABC’s 20/20, and NBC Dateline.
Hazler’s areas of expertise include humanistic approaches to counseling, abuse, violence among youth, counselor training, professional leadership, and program development. Some highlights of his career include his election as national president of the Association for Humanistic Education and Development (now C-AHEAD) and Chi Sigma Iota. At the state level, he as served as president of the Kentucky Counseling Association, Kentucky Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the Ohio Counseling Association, and the Ohio Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.
Hazler’s scholarly work on youth has been at the forefront of research and practice on youth violence and bullying. He has one of the earliest books on preventing youth violence—Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Interventions for Bullying and Victimization (1996)—and is currently a leader in the emerging field of biosocial studies in this area. His book Helping in the Hallways: Expanding Your Influence Potential, 2nd Edition (2008) has captured many of the practical aspects of how counselors and teachers can have greater influence on helping youth and creating a more effective school climate.
Founded in 1952 and headquartered in Alexandria, Va., 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 ACA provides leadership training, continuing education and advocacy services for its more than 42,000 members.