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NMSU's DelCampo Wins National Award from Marriage and Family Therapy Association

LAS CRUCES - Robert DelCampo, New Mexico State University professor, will be honored next month in Denver with a divisional contribution award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, making him one of only three such award winners in the nation.

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DelCampo, an NMSU faculty member since 1988, directs marriage and family therapy training for the Family and Consumer Sciences department. He is past president of the New Mexico Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

DelCampo's colleagues nominated him for the award, citing his long-standing leadership in the profession and advocacy for licensure legislation in New Mexico, which passed in 1989. He served two terms on the state's first licensure board for marriage and family therapists, developing supervisory and ethical guidelines.

Nominators praised DelCampo's work in training minority students, noting that NMSU's program has attracted Native American students and that Hispanic students have accounted for one third of the program's graduates over the past 11 years.

DelCampo's marriage and family therapy students have been the first to serve internships with community mental health agencies in southern New Mexico, including Mesilla Valley Hospital, Families and Youth Inc., Southern New Mexico Human Development, Southwest Counseling, and the NMSU Counseling Center. Many have been offered permanent placements after their internships.

"Our graduates have had a 100 percent success rate on the national licensure exam, and all of our graduates who have looked for jobs are employed," DelCampo said. "Marriage and family therapy is one of the hottest fields in mental health today."