Minnix wins counseling research award


The Association For Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling (ASERVIC) has awarded Dr. Gena Minnix the 2016 Research Award for her dissertation.

The 2016 ASERVIC Research Award recognizes the outstanding activities of an individual who has helped advance the mission of the Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling through research. Dr. Minnix holds a deep interest in exploring the relationship between counseling and theological values. Her dissertation study explored the process by which fifteen Christian mental health professionals went about successfully reconciling a perceived value conflict between LGBT affirmation and their religious beliefs. The findings produced a model of how reconciliation occurs, including strategies for supporting Christian students in various states of reconciliation.

Dr. Melanie Harper, professional member of ASERVIC and nominator for Dr. Minnix research observed, “Dr. Minnix’s findings are hopeful and shed light on what has often been a difficult and stressful topic. They highlight points of empathy for Christian trainees, while reassuring the field that reconciliation of perceived value conflicts is possible and can be a relationally rewarding process.”

As an award recipient, Minnix will be recognized on April 2, 2016, during the ASERVIC Luncheon at the ACA Conference in Montreal. ASERVIC is a national division of the American Counseling Association.

Dr. Minnix is assistant professor of counselor education at Seminary of the Southwest. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. Minnix is one of three full-time counseling professors in the seminary’s Master of Arts in Counseling.