The Virginia Counselors Association (VCA) recently presented its 2004 William H. Van Hoose Career Service Award to Thomas H. Hohenshil, of Radford, Va., professor of educational leadership and policy studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at Virginia Tech.

The award was established by the VCA Executive Committee in 1964 to annually recognize one member in the 2,300-member association whose contributions to the professional aims of the counseling profession have been substantial and who has provided outstanding service to the counseling profession at local, state, and national levels. The award was presented Friday, Nov. 5, at the association's annual convention held at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center.

Hohenshil, who is the current program area leader in counselor education at Virginia Tech, has made significant contributions to the counseling profession through publishing more than 100 articles in professional journals, book chapters, and research reports during his 32 years at the university.

His area of specialization is the diagnosis and treatment of the learning and behavioral disorders of children and adolescents, and he is also nationally recognized for his pioneering work in the use of the Internet to deliver counseling services. He is associate editor of the Journal of Counseling and Development and has served on the editorial boards of eight other national and international journals in counseling and psychology. In addition, Hohenshil has served on the board of directors of the National Association of School Psychologists, and as president of the Virginia Association for Counselor Education and Supervision.

Hohenshil, received his bachelor's degree, master's degree and Ph.D. from Kent State University.

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