Counselor Education

WIU-QC Counseling Association 2015-2016

President: Eryka Berglund

Vice-President: Emily Nauman

Treasurer: Mary DeWilde

Secretary: Alicia Means

Chi Sigma Iota Liaison: Louise Collins

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton

The purpose of the Counseling Association at Western Illinois University is to foster the counselor educational development of participants in the WIU-QC Counseling Association. This association is a Chapter of the Illinois Counseling Association (ICA).

The WIU-QC Counseling Association promotes counselor development through education and community involvement. The Executive Council consists of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Although not part of the Executive Council, the association also has a Social Director and Volunteer Coordinator. The Counseling Association’s Social Committee, headed by the Social Director, organizes and promotes educational and social events at the WIU campus and in the community. A subcommittee of the Social Committee, headed by the Volunteer Coordinator, organizes volunteer and charity events in the community.

The Social Committee hosts an event called, “Manage Your Stress Week” twice a year. This is an opportunity for all WIU-QC students, faculty, and staff to learn about ways to reduce stress, which is often related to final exam week. Counselor Education volunteers provide relaxation sessions and educational information to students on stress management. The association supports each other and learn about all the opportunities this association supports. Community advocacy service activities, such as a Thanksgiving Food Drive, Adopt a Family, and a homeless shelter dinner are also supported by this association.

A student is qualified to become a member of the association if he or she is currently enrolled in the WIU Counselor Education Department. If you are interested in becoming an Executive Council member or an active member in this association, please contact the faculty advisor for the Counseling Association Dr. Carrie Alexander-Albritton at 309-762-1876 or e-mail her at

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