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  • VA: Hire Counselors Now!

    The VA needs to be held accountable for their actions. By their own estimates, our nation loses 18 veterans a day to suicide. Join ACA's Thunderclap, and on July 24th, we can all spread the word: Congress must exercise its oversight authority and force the VA to Hire Counselors NOW! What is Thunderclap? It's an online tool that lets you and others share the exact same message at the exact same time and date, therefore spreading an idea throughout the social media universe that cannot be ignored. Learn more and join ACA's Thunderclap here.
  • Practice Briefs: Anorexia

    In this new Practice Brief, learn more about the prevalence of anorexia, as well as identification and assessment strategies such as the Eating Attitudes Test and the Eating Disorder Examination Interview. Intervention strategies are also discussed. Read and download the Practice Brief here.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: The toll of childhood trauma

    If left untreated, the scars from childhood trauma can last a lifetime, and statistics suggest the problem is more pervasive than most people realize. More
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    "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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    Jul 22, 2014
    Standards of Care (SOC) for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health is an important complication for counselors, who work with transsexual, transgender, and/or gender-nonconforming clients. Although many counselors do not specialize in trans* issues, all counselors must be aware of the document and its contents in order to advise the clients and make appropriate referrals.
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    Jul 08, 2014
    The topic of outing others (i.e., sexual orientation, gender identity, or even an HIV status) is quite subtle. So far, I have not seen it being discussed anywhere in literature or academic settings, but I have witnessed such discussions in my personal life. I find it important to raise the subject, because we are not taught or trained to be aware in this area and, often, we learn through mistakes. But, perhaps, we can avoid some of them in the future.
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Counseling Jobs

  • NEW YORK - UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO, SUNY - Department Chair and Associate/Full Professor

    Jul 25, 2014
    The Department of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo (UB), State University of New York (SUNY) seeks an accomplished scholar and an innovative leader to maximize departmental strengths and advance the vision of the broader university (see
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  • KANSAS - Central Kansas Foundation

    Jul 24, 2014
    We are looking for individuals with a solid understanding of Substance Use Disorder and mental health issues and services. The duties of this position include providing direct substance use disorder services to patients in an evening outpatient or residential treatment setting. Applicants for this position must be licensed by the Kansas BSRB as a LAC or LCAC.
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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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Capella University

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Winona State University

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ACA Publications

  • Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Culturally Responsive Counseling With Latinas/os

    Patricia Arredondo, Maritza Gallardo-Cooper, Edward A. Delgado-Romero, and Angela L. Zapata
    In what may be the most comprehensive book published to date about counseling Latinas/os, the authors provide culture-centered assessment and intervention strategies for effective clinical practice with individuals and families.... Learn More
  • Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Eating Disorders and Obesity

    Laura H. Choate
    Both practical and comprehensive, this long-needed book provides a clear framework for the assessment, treatment, and prevention of eating disorders and obesity.... Learn More
  • Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling

    Mastering the Art of Solution-Focused Counseling, 2nd edition

    Jeffrey T. Guterman
    The most current trends in solution-focused counseling are explored in the latest edition of this updated and expanded text... Learn More
  • Family Violence

    Family Violence

    David M. Lawson
    Counselors-in-training, educators, and practitioners will benefit greatly from this in-depth and thought-provoking look at family violence, its effects, and treatment options... Learn More
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