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The Illinois Counseling Association, a branch of ACA, is working directly with the NIU Counseling and Student Development Center in response to the request for 300 volunteers to provide volunteer support for students, faculty and staff starting February 24th. Visit their website at www.ilcounseling.org for more information. Crisis counseling resources have been made available on the ACA website.
Lynn E. Linde, EdD, a former professional school counselor, and currently professor at Loyola College in Maryland, has been elected president-elect of ACA. Her term of office as 58th president of ACA will be July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.
Dr. Linde is Director of Clinical Programs and Assistant Professor, The School Counseling Program, Loyola College; formerly, she served as the Chief, Student Services and Alternative Programs Branch for the Maryland State Department of Education. She has served in various state, regional and national leadership positions within ACA, including president of the Maryland Association for Counseling and Development, chair of the Southern Region, member of the ACA Governing Council, chair of the Public Policy and Legislation Committee, and chair of the Ethics Committee.
Further details on ACA election results, which were just announced today, will appear on the ACA website and in Counseling Today.
Cultural competence in counseling requires an understanding of the evolving demographic makeup on the nation. Population changes identified by the Pew Research Center provide a look at how immigration will change the "look" of America between today and 2050.
A diverse coalition of 13 national organizations, including ACA, has joined in a renewed effort to protect the safety and emotional well-being of students, including those who are at higher risk because of their sexual orientation. The group of education, health, mental health and religious organizations released "Just the Facts About Sexual Orientation and Youth: A Primer for Principals, Educators, and School Personnel" on February 14, 2008.
The publication serves as a guide for educators and other staff members who confront sensitive issues involving gay, lesbian and bisexual students. It is intended to help school administrators foster safe and healthy school environments, in which all students can achieve to the best of their ability. "Just the Facts" includes the most recent information from professional health organizations, as well as up-to-date information on the legal responsibility of school officials to protect students from anti-gay harassment. "Just the Facts" has been mailed to all 16,000 public school superintendents in the US.
In February, we join African Americans in celebrating the rich culture, heritage, and contributions to American society. Take this quiz and test your knowledge:
Answer all four questions correctly and you will be included in a drawing to win a copy of ACA's Multicultural Issues in Counseling, Third Edition. The winner and the answers will be announced in the next issue of ACAeNews.
"All politics is local," is a famous quote from former US Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. If correct, the same concept may apply to foundation and corporate giving. Growing amounts of foundation dollars are being spent in communities and states where these organizations are located or where they have a business interest. Counselors engaged in developing new and innovative projects, efforts that may only be launched with external support, will find the Foundation Center list of top givers and grantmakers (by state) most interesting.
ACA and ACES are partnering to launch an online syllabus clearinghouse where counselor educators can post, and members can access, a wide variety of graduate counseling syllabi. This unique collection will help counselor educators generate new and creative approaches for their classes. Watch ACAeNews for more details on this new, free member benefit that will be available in the coming months. Questions? email@example.com
A revision of the Strong Interest Inventory is currently being conducted and counselors have been invited by the publisher to contribute to the research. ACAeNews readers wanting to know more about the efforts to revise this highly respected and popular career interest instrument may view this information here.
Black History Month is an excellent time to reflect on multicultural issues in counseling and the following ACA publications may be perfect additions to your personal or professional library.
Contemporary Mental Health Issues Among African Americans
This book highlights the strengths of African American individuals, families, and communities and offers straightforward counseling techniques specifically designed for this population. The authors examine gender related concerns, relationship stressors, the challenges facing older adults and people with disabilities, sexual orientation, substance abuse, AIDS, and racial identity. Ethical considerations, community and public health concerns, and the importance of the Black church are also discussed in detail.
Counseling African American Families
Counseling African American Families highlights the strengths of African American families and provides strategies for clinical assessment and treatment. Topics include the evolution of African American family structures; family childrearing, disciplinary practices, and parenting styles; racial socialization and the construction of positive self-identity in children and adolescents; the special role of Black fathers; intergenerational healing practices and rites of passage; and the influence of the Black church.
Do parents balance quality time across all children? What effect does birth order have on child outcomes? These and other questions are addressed in research by Brigham Young professor Joseph Price and reported in the Winter 2008 edition of The Journal of Human Resources.
The Peace Corps is looking for recruits with youth and community development experience who are interested in serving others while experiencing the adventure of working overseas. To find the right candidates, the agency is reaching out to individuals interested in new and challenging career opportunities or considering alternatives to traditional retirement. Opportunities exist in Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.
By applying now, applicants could be serving overseas as early as this spring. To learn more about youth and community development opportunities with the Peace Corps, call 800-424-8580 or visit: www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell+learn.whatvol.edu_youth.comdev&cid=prcd
This annual publication from the National Center for Education Statistics provides projections of key education statistics, including enrollment, graduates, educators, and expenditures in elementary and secondary schools; and enrollment, earned degrees conferred, and current-fund expenditures of degree-granting institutions.
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Information contained in January release of the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicate five substances accounted for 96 percent of all TEDS admissions in 2006: alcohol (40 percent); opiates (18 percent, primarily heroin); marijuana/hashish (16 percent); cocaine (14 percent); and stimulants (9 percent, primarly methamphetamines).
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