Associate Professor Lisa Aasheim is the 2016 recipient of the Leona Tyler Award from the Oregon Counseling Association (ORCA). This is the organization’s highest award and recognizes counselors who have made outstanding contributions to the profession and whose work has had statewide implications for counseling. She received the award at their fall conference in Portland, November 5, 2016.
Aasheim is an ’02 graduate of the PSU Marital, Couple & Family Counseling program and holds a PhD in counselor education and supervision from Oregon State University.
She teaches in PSU’s counseling program, is the director of the PSU Community Counseling Clinic that provides low-cost counseling services to the PSU community, and has a private practice in marriage and family counseling.
She is the author of the book Practical Clinical Supervision for Counselors: An Experiential Guide, which is a standard text used extensively in the field.
Through her work at PSU, she has trained over 700 counseling professionals. She developed a training curriculum for school counselors that includes outreach to school counseling supervisors. She also created a partnership with Beaverton High School that resulted in a thriving counseling clinic on Beaverton’s campus that provides hundreds of hours of counseling services to clients in Beaverton, Hillsboro, Forest Grove, and beyond each year.
Aasheim was selected by the Oregon Department of Education to be a lead trainer for the Go Alliance Academy, which involves training school counselors statewide in career and college planning best practices. Her continued relationship with the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, the Teacher’s Standards and Practice Commission, and the governor’s office has benefitted GSE’s counseling students, counseling practitioners, and the counseling profession.
“Lisa works tirelessly for the department, the Community Counseling Clinic, the Portland-area community, and the state of Oregon,” said Professor Rick Johnson, who nominated her for the award. “All of these contributions are on top of her work as director of the Community Counseling Clinic that serves low-income clients in the Portland metro area and is a key central training site for practicum students, interns, and post-master’s counselors.”
The Leona Tyler Award
Dr. Leona E. Tyler was dean of the graduate school at the University of Oregon. Her many contributions to the profession, including research, writing, teaching, and supervision of graduate students, attained both national and international acclaim. The award was established in 1967 and was initially presented to Dr. Tyler. It is ORCA’s highest award.