Clubs and Organizations

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Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for professional counseling. Established in 1985, Chi Sigma Iota was created to promote and recognize outstanding academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling. Counselors-in-training, counselor educators, and professional counselors alike who are committed to research and service can unite through Chi Sigma Iota.

Established in 1988, the Alpha Sigma Chapter at James Madison University strives to provide a supportive and professional environment for both practicing counselors and future counselors working on their master's degree in counseling.

Our mission is to promote scholarship, research, professionalism, leadership and excellence in counseling, and to recognize high attainment in the pursuit of academic and clinical excellence in the profession of counseling.

Activities and Services

Campus Camp

Each year CSI takes a leadership role in coordinating a grief camp, "Campus Camp," for local elementary and middle school students. The camp has been strongly supported by the Psychology Peer Advisors, who donate money for the event and provide many volunteers. Campus Camp is an annual service project dedicated to children ages 6-12 who are grieving a loss. School counselors at local elementary schools help identify children who are grieving losses and need more time with counselors.┬áMany of the children have experienced the loss of a loved one or close friend within the past year. School and community counseling students volunteer to organize and facilitate a day to honor the child’s loss. This project serves the community by applying what we are learning as we help grieving children. We attend to the children’s thoughts and feelings surrounding their losses in a therapeutic manner with the hope of promoting resilience and growth. Together we use our counseling skills to organize a safe, supportive environment, compile resources for parents, and come up with non-threatening, experiential activities.

Day With the Dukes

Each fall members of Chi Sigma Iota participate in the annual Special Olympics “Day with the Dukes” event co-sponsored by Psychology Peer Advising, Chi Sigma Iota, and JMU athletics. Volunteers act as buddies, helping the Special Olympic Athletes navigate the campus, and offer encouraging support as the Olympians participate in activities with members of the JMU athletics teams. After a day filled with fun activities, the group shares a tailgate dinner then heads to the annual JMU football game to cheer on the Dukes!