Dr. Loretta Bradley, the Paul Whitfield Horn Professor of Counselor Education, was recently honored with a lifetime achievement award from the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors (IAMFC).
Bradley received the Robert L. Smith Lifetime Achievement Award, and she is being recognized today (Feb. 1) at the IAMFC world conference in New Orleans.
"I was both honored and surprised to receive the lifetime achievement award from the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors," she said. "Truly, it is one of the highlights of my career."
Dr. Bradley's career in counseling and higher education spans more than five decades, beginning in a school in Wichita, Kan., where she worked as a teacher and counselor. She has been at Texas Tech University since 1987, coming to the university after serving as a professor at Vanderbilt University and a vice dean at Temple University. Dr. Bradley earned her doctorate at Purdue University.
Her many professional affiliations include serving as former president of several counselor organizations, including IAMFC and the American Counseling Association (ACA). Additionally, Dr. Bradley is the recipient of three national and international research awards from ACA, the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
"Through her leadership roles and countless publications and presentations, she has built a solid reputation as a counseling leader and scholar that spans a lifetime," the IAMFC award citation said.
"Her work is cited by other professionals throughout the world, and her name is recognized internationally. She has taught and mentored innumerable students that went on to become leaders in the field of counseling as well. It is a tribute to her character and unquestionable commitment to counseling to have so many practicing professionals credit Dr. Bradley with their personal successes. She has left an unmistakable and deeply ingrained mark on the counseling profession that will benefit future colleagues for generations to come."
IAMFC is a division of ACA dedicated to advancing research, training and practice of couple and family counseling. Its membership includes counselors, mental health counselors, marriage and family counselors and therapists, social workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.