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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: Treating depression and anxiety

    Counselors are using mindfulness, cognitive strategies, neurofeedback and other techniques in the ongoing effort to help the millions of Americans who struggle with two common mental health conditions. 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 28, 2015
    Part of working in this profession includes helping others not only help others but also make their mark on the profession. From time to time I come across a new professional that shows great potential and invite them to join me on one of my blogs. It’s a pleasure to share a sample of Tawnya’s writing. This is being shared with the authors’ enthusiastic permission. I do hope you enjoy.
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  • The Wave: ADHD and Children

    Jul 28, 2015
    Waves come and go in the water just like symptoms of ADHD come and go in children. Working with children diagnosed with ADHD means helping the child understand what the diagnosis means and how to manage the symptoms.
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Counseling Jobs

  • DELAWARE - Providence Service Corporation

    Jul 28, 2015
    Masters level clinician to serve a diverse body of students by promoting their academic, career, personal, and social development. This is a position that includes a focus on fee-based/hourly based therapy sessions with high risk students. This staff member provides direct services to include: school based clinical assessment, individual counseling, contact with caregivers, and treatment planning. The counselor will work with a caseload of students that will be identified by staff at admission.
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  • MARLYAND - Sheppard Pratt Health System

    Jul 28, 2015
    We have an exciting opportunity for a Social Worker (LCSW-C) or Counselor (LCPC or LGPC) to join our team! This position supports the Inpatient Unit and the Intensive Outpatient Program. The hired individual will work four 10 hour days per week (Monday & Thursday: 8am-6pm, Tuesday & Wednesday: 10am-8pm), one Saturday per month and holidays/snow days as needed.
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Sara Brandt

University of Wisconsin — Whitewater

“I love knowing that I have resources at my fingertips any time of day! As a graduate student, we are studying at all hours and when I need information I can log on to ACA anytime”

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Brad Hinman

Andrews University

“One of the things I love the most about being a student member of ACA is that I can be part of an organization that includes veteran counselors and therapists as well as students. It is a great way to connect to my future career and learn from others who have gone before me”

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Dawn Riley

Eastern New Mexico University

“What I love about being a student member of ACA is the security I have in knowing that I have a professional family to turn to for all things counseling…”

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Heather Fuller

Capella University

“I am a part of something so much bigger than me…”

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Pat Baranczyk

Winona State University

“ACA student membership gives me access to what I need to support my career at a price I can afford...It is a bargain I can’t afford to pass up”

ACA Publications

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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