Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society that was created in 1985 for those working towards developing identities as professional counselors. It was created promote professionalism and honor among master’s and doctoral students in counseling and counselor education and supervision programs, counselor educators, and professional counselors who are committed to research and service through the counseling profession.

The St. Mary’s University chapter is called Alpha Pi. Joining our local chapter is a great opportunity to get to know your professional peers and to support the community. Most Alpha Pi chapter activities are open to all students in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, but to join Chi Sigma Iota, you must have completed at least one full time semester of a CACREP or CORE accredited program (at St. Mary’s University, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision programs qualify), maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better, and receive a letter of invitation to membership indicating that you meet the high standards of Chi Sigma Iota. If you are interested in joining Chi Sigma Iota or participating in Chi Sigma Iota events, please contact Dr. Melanie Harper, Alpha Pi chapter faculty advisor, at or (210) 438-6400. More information about Chi Sigma Iota is available at the CSI website at

The Alpha Pi chapter uses profits from its snack and cold drink vending machine in the department kitchen for conference scholarships, service projects, and Chi Sigma Iota activities (such as initiations and socials).