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  • ACA Fights to End Harmful Practices

    ACA continues its efforts to pass state bans on so-called “reparative therapy” or “conversion therapy” from being performed on minors. These are practices in which a person is subjected to efforts to forcibly change their sexual orientation. More
  • Podcasticon

    Free Podcast - Counseling Alaska

    In this new podcast, Shawnie Olson, MA, LPC, talks about being a counselor in Alaska. She discusses the need for a knowledge of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), describes what it's like counseling in "the bush," and much more. Listen
  • Practice Briefs: Career Decidedness

    Difficulties with career decision ranks among the most common reasons people seek career counseling. In this Practice Brief, learn about assessment strategies like the Career Decision Scale and the Career Construction Interview. Intervention strategies to help clients with career indecision are also discussed.
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Embracing the ongoing push for progress

    The LGBT community has had many victories to celebrate during the past several years, but counselors dedicated to working with this population understand the various challenges that continue to confront these clients on a daily basis. 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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  • Art Therapy and Anxiety- Part deux

    Apr 10, 2015
    As counselors, engaging individuals suffering from anxiety can be a challenge. In my practice, almost 50% of individuals suffer from some form of anxiety. When talk therapy does not work, is it time to break out the Crayola crayon box?
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  • Warning: Your Employees are Quitting! Are you Ready?

    Apr 07, 2015
    If you’re like many entrepreneurs, when you start your practice you’re doing just about every job: You’re the counselor, manager, bookkeeper, interior decorator and janitor. In short, you do anything and everything your business requires.
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Sara Brandt

University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

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Andrews University

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Eastern New Mexico University

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  • 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