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  • Celebrate Counseling Awareness Month (April 2014)!

    Visit our new Counseling Awareness Month (CAM) page to download helpful resources for engaging your local media, social media tools, and much more. Get Involved.
  • Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP) Grants

    ESSCP grants are used to establish or expand school counseling programs. Grantees in target elementary, K-12, or secondary schools will use funds to support counseling programs through hiring qualified school counselors, school social workers, and school psychologists. This is a three-year grant program and each annual award ranges from $250,000-$400,000. Deadline for applications is April 28, 2014. Apply here.
  • Practice Briefs: Autism Spectrum

    In this paper on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learn about about the assessment instruments used to identify autism, as well as intervention strategies like Verbal Behavior Therapy and Floortime. This Brief includes a special focus on treatments for children under the age of 4. Read Practice Brief
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Ages and stages

    People don’t suddenly stop moving through developmental stages as they age, meaning a continuing need exists for counselors to help older adults as they encounter new life challenges and transitions. 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

Latest News

  • ACA in the News: Proactive Measures Against School Violence

    Apr 24, 2014
    After the recent tragedy in Murrysville, Pennsylvania, ACA's Director of Government Affairs, Art Terrazas, spoke to Education Week about proactive measures to address school violence, ACA’s work with the Student Support Act, and the need to hire more school counselors to reduce the country’s counselor-to-student ratio.
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  • Ohio Licensure Announcement

    Apr 17, 2014
    The Ohio counselor licensure board has reported that it is the first state to endorse CACREP and its affiliate CORE for counselor licensure.
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  • ACA in the News: Preventing School Violence

    Apr 11, 2014
    After the tragic stabbings at Franklin Regional Senior High School, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette focused on finding solutions to end violence in our schools, and mental health was a key factor in their coverage. ACA president, Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji, was interviewed,.
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  • ACA in the News: Demonstration Series

    Apr 01, 2014
    KHON2 TV visited the ACA 2014 Conference to see a live demonstration session that simulated counselors' responses after a shooting on a college campus.
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  • 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