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  • Senate Appropriations for ESSCP

    ACA was disappointed to learn that funding for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP)  - while continued – has essentially been cut in half by the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee. Read more here. Read more
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    Free Podcast - Counselors in Transition

    Navigating professional transitions is an important concern for all counselors. In this podcast, Dr. Rebecca Daniel-Burke and John Duggan, MA, NCC, LPC, LCPC take time to interview one another about “counselors in transition.” Listen
  • Practice Briefs: Clinical Depression

    Clinical depression ranks third among the leading causes of disease burden worldwide. Despite its prevalence, many professionals have difficulties recognizing and diagnosing depression, and less than half of clients receive the appropriate diagnosis and adequate treatment. Read more
  • Counseling Today

    Counseling Today: Coming to terms with technology

    Counselors speak to the influence — both positive and negative — that today’s social media and Internet culture wields, particularly among young people. 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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  • The ABC’s of Fireworks and Triggering

    Jul 01, 2015
    Celebrating July 4th is an American tradition complete with barbecues, parades and fireworks. It is pure summertime fun at its best. Unless you are someone who has been exposed to the impact of gun violence as a survivor of war, inner city, interpersonal or school gun violence. For you the bright light and loud booms of fireworks can trigger PTSD symptoms even for those whose exposure was many years ago. As a counselor specializing in trauma, I have learned there is no expiration date on triggering.
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  • Prepare Your Clients for these 9 Issues — or Else!

    Jun 24, 2015
    A Focus on Counseling Client Education Expectations are everything; and getting buy-in for how things work at your practice is an important part of facilitating happy, satisfied, clients. However, too often client education and informed consent resembles the oft-ignored “terms of use” contract in iTunes. Clients are handed a sheet with 2,000 words of 10-point text and asked to sign (or click “I agree”) to move forward.
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Counseling Jobs

  • DELAWARE - The Medical Group of Christiana Care

    Jun 30, 2015
    The Medical Group of Christiana Care has an excellent FT career opportunity for a Behavioral Health Consultant to work in our HealthCare Center at Christiana Hospital. Our Behavioral Health Consultants are part of an integrated model of clinical care that provides for Behavioral Health Consultants to be embedded in primary care and specialty practices throughout The Medical Group of Christiana Care.
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  • OHIO - The Knapp Center

    Jun 30, 2015
    The Knapp Center for Childhood Development is looking to hire Licensed Professional Counselors for our pediatric day treatment program in Boardman, OH!
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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