Montreal, QC – Not only did the American Counseling Association’s division the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) give Antioch University Seattle School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy Core Faculty member and PhD in Counseling Supervision and Education program co-founder Dr. Ned Farley a Service Award on April 2, 2016, but ALGBTIC also renamed the award the Ned Farley Service Award after him this year! Below his name, the inscription on the statuette reads “Who Has Served ALGBTIC and the Larger LGBTQQIA Community Through Forwarding the Mission and Values of ALGBTIC”.
Dr. Farley received the Ned Farley Service Award at the 2016 annual American Counseling Association Conference and Expo, which was held in Montreal, QC, Canada, from March 21, 2016 to April 3, 2016.
While the award is a welcome surprise, Dr. Farley’s involvement as a leader within the ALGBTIC has been prominent for decades. In the words of Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling Editor-in-Chief Mike Chaney, “Ned’s service is so phenomenal that he was a leader in the association before there was an association! Now that it commitment!”
In 1993-1994, Dr. Farley was co-chair of the ALGBTIC with Michael Spretnjak. Dr. Farley was also one of the ALGBTIC members who worked tirelessly to get the ALGBTIC recognized by the American Counseling Association (ACA), first as an “organizational affiliate” by the ACA in 1996, and later as a full ACA division in 1997. In 1999-2002, Dr. Farley was a Board Trustee within the ALGBTIC, who chaired the Program Review Committee. In addition, Dr. Farley was the president of the ALGBTIC in 2002-2003 and again in 2004-2005. While president of the ALGBTIC, he helmed the push for creating a professional journal for the division. Upon its creation, Dr. Farley was the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, through his “retirement” in December 2015. He remains involved in this journal, however, by mentoring its current editor Mike Chaney.
Truly, Dr. Ned Farley has dedicated decades of his life to supporting the ALGBTIC. In the words of Mike Chaney, “Much of what ALGBTIC is today is, in part, due to Ned and his service. Though he probably would not refer to himself this way, but Ned is a forefather of the ALGBTIC. As such, he should be revered and applauded for all of his past and present service to ALGBTIC.”
We are extremely proud of Dr. Farley and his enduring legacy here at Antioch University Seattle, including the co-creation of the new PhD in Counseling Supervision and Education program starting this fall.