Congratulations to Dr. Matthew Fullen (2010 & 2013 Alum) for receiving the Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award for 2020. The American Counseling Association and the American Counseling Association Foundation announced the winners of the annual ACA National Awards for counseling students, counselors in practice and ACA members who have made extraordinary contributions to the counseling profession. The Carl D. Perkins Government Relations Award honors an ACA member who has made a significant contribution to the counseling profession, or individuals served by the profession, by influencing public policy at the state or national level.
Dr. Fullen is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Counselor Education at Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University where he is actively involved in research, teaching, and advocacy related to promoting mental health & well-being as people age. This award focused on the work he completed to advocate for counselors to be recognized as Medicare-eligible providers. Medicare covers 60 million Americans, 85% of whom are 65 years or older, but who don't currently have access to counseling services provided by licensed professional counselors. This year Dr. Fullen served as Co-Chair of ACA's Public Policy & Legislation Committee due to this work on Medicare. “We still have a ways to go to get this legislation passed, but I am deeply committed to seeing it through so older adults and people with long-term disabilities have the same access to mental health care as other populations”.
Matt graduated from Ashland Theological Seminary with his Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling in 2010 and later received his Master of Divinity degree in 2013. Matt lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with his wife Kari and their two children, Levi (4) and Avery (3). Kari works as an adjunct instructor with Ashland University’s Outreach Distance Learning Program where she teaches psychology to students who are currently incarcerated.
ATS congratulates Matt on this award and special recognition!