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UHV associate professor to receive state counseling award

Oct. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.

Elsa Leggett

Elsa Soto Leggett, a University of Houston-Victoria associate professor, gladly juggles many responsibilities as a counselor, department chair, mentor and leader.

Leggett will be honored for her work at UHV and in the counseling community with the 2012 Dr. Jamesanna Kirven Outstanding Counselor Award, which recognizes a Texas counselor who goes above and beyond his or her duties.

She will receive the award on Nov. 15 at the Texas Counseling Association's Annual Professional Growth Conference in Galveston.

"Leggett's nomination rose above others because her professionalism and passion for the counseling profession is evident in the work she does," said TCA awards committee chair Kathy Ybanez-Llorente.

In 2008, Leggett joined the UHV faculty in the School of Education & Human Development and recently earned tenure.

"Dr. Leggett is a big asset to the School of Education & Human Development," Dean Fred Litton said. "She understands the importance of a strong program."

Earlier this year, Leggett helped finalize a cohort agreement between UHV and the Fort Bend Independent School District.

This agreement allows teachers interested in becoming certified school counselors to take special classes and do fieldwork in their own district.

She designed two play therapy courses for UHV so students can meet educational requirements to become registered play therapists and help raise the level of expertise for local counselors.

Jeffry Moe, an assistant professor in the School of Education & Human Development, said he nominated Leggett because she models the values that a professional counselor should have.

"Dr. Leggett is a consummate and dedicated professional," Moe said. "She is a role model in both her professional and personal life for counselors in training, peer professionals and as a supervisor, mentor and friend."

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