Research & Grants
Excellence in Counseling Research Grants
The mission of Chi Sigma Iota is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership, and excellence in counseling; to encourage the pursuit of personal excellence by members; and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. To fulfill that mission, the first two fundamental goals of the CSI Strategic Plan are (1) Promoting and recognizing academic and professional excellence in counseling scholarship, leadership, advocacy, and practice, and (2) Supporting and enhancing a strong counseling profession that fosters wellness and human dignity in an increasingly global society. These purposes are the foundation for the CSI Excellence in Counseling Research Grant program. This Program is intended to support and enhance the counseling profession through targeted support of research by CSI members.
Professional Advocacy and Leadership Research
Funding priority established by CSI Executive Council. Chi Sigma Iota is committed to advocacy for counselors, the counseling profession, and the clients we serve. In particular, research initiatives of the Society are tied to an on-going agenda for professional advocacy. Consistent with the six advocacy themes identified through national professional leadership conferences (see csi-net.org/advocacy, Counselor Advocacy Leadership Conference Reports), the priorities for 2012-13 funding are for research relating to chapter, professional association, and practitioner leadership characteristics and behaviors as found, for example, in the CSI Principles and Practices of Leadership Excellence and Chang, et al. (2011) Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy. NY: Taylor & Francis, Routledge.
Wellness Counseling Research
Funding made available by Benefactors. Wellness refers to the optimization of development and functioning and presupposes a focus on holism. There is a strong foundation for wellness research in the counseling literature and familiarity with wellness models based in counseling is essential for this funding priority. Wellness of counselors, counselor educators, and clients, as well as other professionals who interact with clients may be the focus of research efforts. Preference will be given to proposals with a holistic focus that incorporate multiple aspects of wellness rather than those with a narrow scope focusing on only one wellness component (e.g., exercise, spirituality).
Developmental Counseling Research
Funding made available by Benefactors. Intervention at various stages of human development to facilitate life transitions, enhance interpersonal relationships, and generally to improve quality of life for individuals striving to meet their basic life tasks are developmental in nature. There is both theory and research literature that address topics of interest to counselors with respect to how and when to intervene as a counselor in ways that are culturally appropriate and effective. Further research to guide and inform such interventions is still very much a need.
Submission Requirements and Information
Proposals will be submitted using the Excellence in Counseling Research Grant Online Application Form. Multiyear proposals will be considered. Funding amounts will range between $300 and $2500. No more than two awards will be made to members in any one chapter each year.
Those interested in submitting proposals may wish to review previous Research Grant Award Recipients and Research Summaries (Excel). Address any questions concerning the proposal development process to the Chair, Excellence in Research Grants Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chi Sigma Iota Chapter Grants are intended to support activities in chapters that promote and recognize excellence in the areas of leadership, professional identity, advocacy, and scholarship. Projects that enhance chapter and member services are highly desirable. Priority will be given to chapters working on reactivation and expansion of services to professional members, and those that help members to enhance their professional identity and their sense of commitment to the counseling profession and personal excellence. Grants provide a stipend of $50-$250 as seed money for chapter projects.
Awards will be given in both large and small chapter categories. Chapters may receive an award only once in any three year period.. Past grant awards (Excel) are described by year and may be useful to review. Among the most frequently identified needs have been support for speakers for initiations and workshops, leadership development, alumni and professional member outreach, and chapter reactivation.
Chapters wishing to apply for a grant should complete the online Chapter Grants Application Form by 5:00 p.m. on November 12, 2012. If you have questions, please contact the Chapter Grants Chair at email@example.com. Please note that funds may not be used for travel or honoraria to chapter officers or faculty. Recipients will be notified by mid-November and will be asked to complete an interim report by February 1st and final report by April 15th.