Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is an international counseling honor society for counseling students, counseling professionals, and counselor educators. The mission of Chi Sigma Iota is to promote the counseling field through strong professional identity, advocacy, leadership, scholarship, and excellence in counseling. Chi Sigma Iota recognizes the high achievement in academic and clinical excellence in professional counseling.

The William Paterson University chapter of Chi Sigma Iota is Alpha Beta Chi. Our chapter was founded in 1999 by Dr. Paula Danzinger. Dr. Tim VanderGast served as chapter advisor between 2011-2014. Since the fall of 2014, Dr. Michelle Hinkle and Dr. LaShauna Dean serve as co-faculty advisors. For current information about the Alpha Beta Chi chapter, visit our group page on the CSI website.


Membership in Chi Sigma Iota is extended to current graduate students in counselor education programs who have completed at least 9 credit hours and have earned at least a 3.5 GPA. Current professional counselors who graduated from the William Paterson University Professional Counseling Program can also apply for membership pending they earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Per the CSI bylaws, candidates should also demonstrate standards of personal and professional excellence and promote CSI’s mission. In general, Alpha Beta Chi formally invites eligible members to consider membership in the spring semester. Each April, the chapter hold a formal induction ceremony for all new members who joined within that academic year. During the ceremony inductees will be given certificates of membership and recognition pins.

Benefits of membership include being part of an international counseling honor society that recognizes academic achievement and excellence in counseling, as well as promotes professional identity. Members also have access to complimentary professional development resources such as complimentary CEU webinars, Chi Sigma Iota publications, the CSI counselors’ bookshelf, and counselor and supervisor directories. There are also various leadership development and trainings.

Alpha Beta Chi has monthly chapter meetings organized by the executive board and leadership committees. Students are encouraged to attend meetings and find ways to be active. Our chapter has regular initiatives to increase membership, support students, engage in the community, and promote wellness.

To become a member of CSI, complete the new member application on the Chi Sigma Iota membership page.

2019-2020 Executive Board and Leadership

Chapter Faculty Advisors: Dr. Michelle Hinkle & Dr. LaShauna Dean
President: Jessica Ihle
President-Elect: Brianna Ucci 
Past-President: Phillicia DaCosta
Secretary: Kelly Mabin 
Treasurer: Erika Caceras 
Mental Health Counseling Representative: Amanda Walstedt 
School Counseling Representative: Shaina Doshi 
Social Media Coordinator: Elisa Gonzalez