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    New School Counselor Connection Webpage

    ACA's newest webpage is a direct response to our partnership with Michelle Obama's Reach Higher initiative. School counselors and other professionals can find valuable resources and tools, learn about easy ways to get involved, and much more. Check it out here
  • President Releases His Budget

    President Obama has released his Federal Budget for Fiscal Year 2016. ACA staff will be attending as many briefings as possible to see how the President’s spending goals reflect the needs of the counseling profession. Please check the Government Affairs page for updates and news regarding the President’s Budget. 
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    Free Podcast - Career Errors

    Frank Burtnett, EdD, discusses the various career errors commonly made over the lifespan, and how professional counselors can help clients through some of these missteps. Listen
  • Practice Briefs: Wellness

    wellness encompasses more than just the absence of disease; it includes a holistic perspective of physical, mental, and social well-being. In this Practice Brief, learn about the Five Factor Wellness Inventory assessment and intervention strategies that deal with physical, mental and spiritual wellness. Read and download the Practice Brief here.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Stumbling blocks to counselor self-care

    Counselors are experts at offering a superb level of care to their clients and teaching them the tenets of wellness, but the more formidable challenge for helping professionals might be taking proper care of themselves. More
  • Read Our Weekly Newspaper Columns

    "Counseling Corner" columns help educate the public about counseling issues, counselors, and the counseling profession. Read all columns to date, and learn how you can use them to promote counseling. More

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  • How much money can you make in group counseling practice?

    Mar 02, 2015
    Some time ago I wrote an article titled “How Much Money Can a Counselor Make in Private Practice” that detailed how counselors in solo practice can earn 6 figures a year. To date its been one of my most popular articles and has received hundreds of comments from readers encouraged, and sometimes infuriated, by its contents.
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  • The Power of Words

    Feb 27, 2015
    It’s not what you think. As counselors we know how deeply words matter. Indeed they can make a difference in the world – either for good or evil – for an individual, for groups, for families, and for our society. The words I’m thinking of are not words of the verbal sort. Rather they are words on the page and, in particular, words used in textbooks.
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University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

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Andrews University

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Eastern New Mexico University

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Winona State University

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ACA Publications

  • ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    ACA Ethical Standards Casebook, Seventh Edition

    Barbara Herlihy and Gerald Corey
    The seventh edition of this top-selling text provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the 2014 ACA Code of Ethics and applying its principles to daily practice.... Learn More
  • A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    A Contemporary Approach to Substance Use Disorders and Addiction Counseling, Second Edition

    Ford Brooks and Bill McHenry
    Written as an introduction to the field of addiction counseling, this text covers the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to counsel people who are struggling with addiction.... Learn More
  • Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Career Counseling: Holism, Diversity, and Strengths, Fourth Edition

    Norman C. Gysbers, Mary J. Heppner, and Joseph A. Johnston
    The latest edition of this bestseller presents a holistic, strengths-based, and theoretically sound model of career development and the career counseling process.... Learn More
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    A Counselor's Guide to Working With Men

    edited by Matt Englar-Carlson, Marcheta P. Evans, and Thelma Duffey
    Focusing on the unique opportunities and challenges associated with counseling men, this book examines a variety of critical issues pertaining to the psychology of men and masculinity and presents successful, evidence-based strategies for treatment.... Learn More