On October 3, 2020, Lisa Corbin, MS, LPC, NCC, assistant professor, counseling programs, was awarded the David W. Hall Advocacy Award by the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA). This award recognizes a professional in the field of counseling who has gone above and beyond to advocate on behalf of the counseling profession and marginalized communities within the state of Pennsylvania.
“It is an honor to be recognized in this way. Throughout my career I have worked to involve my students, as well as family and friends, in advocacy efforts. From the Martin Luther King Day of Service to PCA’s Annual Advocacy Day in Harrisburg, PA, I’ve worked to align my efforts with initiatives that advance the counseling profession and enhance mental health services for underserved populations. I went into this profession to advocate for social change and I’m proud to be recognized externally for this work,” shared Corbin.
According to their website, the PCA is a State Branch of the American Counseling Association. The primary goal of the organization is to promote and support the competent, ethical and culturally inclusive practice of professional counseling in Pennsylvania and advocate for the counselors and clients they serve. As a member of PCA, Corbin has served as conference chair and currently serves as secretary for the Greater Philadelphia Area Counseling Association (GPACA). Corbin was instrumental in resurrecting GPACA and served as the chapter’s first president when it was reinstated.
When asked what this award means for PCOM, Corbin explained, “this award is a significant achievement for the counseling programs here at PCOM. As a counseling professional, I work to advance the profession and the protections we receive in Pennsylvania. This award adds to PCOM’s standing in the counseling world and also helps us to stand out against our peers.”
Founded in 1899, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) has trained thousands of highly competent, caring physicians, health practitioners and behavioral scientists who practice a “whole person” approach to care—treating people, not just symptoms. PCOM operates three campuses (PCOM, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia) and offers doctoral degrees in clinical psychology, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy and school psychology, and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, forensic medicine, mental health counseling, organizational development and leadership, physician assistant studies, school psychology, and public health management and administration. PCOM students learn the importance of health promotion, research, education and service to the community. Through its community-based Healthcare Centers, PCOM provides care to medically underserved populations. For more information, visit pcom.edu or call 215-871-6100.
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