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Citizen hope for economic security remains alive even in these turbulent economic times, according to a team of researchers from the Brookings Institution who have been looking at the impact of the economy on individual and family aspirations and mobility since the 1960s. The authors conclude that most still see the American dream as achieved by passing through the schoolhouse door. The report also examines economic mobility by race and gender, considers issues of immigration and intergenerational mobility, and provides international comparisons.
In the March 24, 2008, Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Education issued a proposed rulemaking to update privacy regulations under the Family and Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The proposed regulations would implement several laws and Supreme Court rulings over the last eight years which affect FERPA, and address changes in information technology and other issues identified through the Department's experience administering the law. Specifically, the proposed revisions to the regulations would:
Comments on the proposed regulations are due on or before May 8, 2008. Send your comments to Chris Campbell, ACA's Associate Director of Public Policy and Legislation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Urban League has released a comprehensive study, "Diversity Practices That Work: The American Worker Speaks," that provides new information on the effectiveness of diversity programs in the U.S. workplace. Included are the perspectives of front line workers, as well as business leaders. Companies participating in the study that had diversity practices deemed effective also boasted a productivity rate that exceeded that of the overall American economy by 18 percent.
New statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on teen drinking reflect amount and frequency of use by underage drinkers. In 2006, a majority (53.9 percent) of American adolescents and young adults ages 12 to 20 had used an alcoholic beverage at least once in their lifetime. Youth (ages 12 to 20) consumed approximately 11.2 percent of the alcoholic drinks consumed in the U.S. in the past month by persons age 12 or older. The research further shows that underage drinkers tend to consume more alcohol per occasion than their legal age adult counterparts.
Brief findings from the report:
Compelling Counseling Interventions: Celebrating VISTAS' Fifth Anniversary
This book presents 30 articles addressing current and emerging issues that affect clients across the life span. Based on sessions at the 2008 ACA Annual Conference & Exposition, these articles represent many of the best ideas and practices of ACA members and offer highly useful and specific information on innovative interventions that can be put to use in a variety of counseling settings.
Section I. Counseling Children and Adolescents
ACAeNews is saddened to report the loss of three important figures in the history of our profession. Mehrle Olson was ACA President during 1969-70 and served as a counselor educator at the University of Illinois and Indiana State University. Dr. Olson was a widely respected teacher and advocate of counseling.
Michael White was noted for his work in systems theory and as the creator of narrative family therapy. Wyatt Kirk served previously as president of the Association for Multicultural Counseling Development and was a member of the ACA Insurance Trust at the time of his death.
The profession is grateful for their service and their scholarship; each has left an indelible impression on our work. More information about these leaders will appear in Counseling Today.
Because assessment results influence a significant part of the counseling and helping process, it is important for counselors to have access to critical documents, policies, ethics statements and other resources to help conduct, interpret, and use assessment in the best way possible. In the past, the Joint Committee on Testing Practices (JCTP) provided services and products that would help improve test practices within the education community. Recently, however, JCTP ceased operations and it is unclear whether the helpful documents it created will continue to be available to the education community.
Janet E. Wall, of Sage Solutions and ACA representative to the JCTP, has established a web site where many of the important resources created by the committee have been preserved.
Want to get up to speed on the latest research on many people issues? If so, you will find the consumer information center of the Harvard Medical School a valuable resource. The site provides information on 26 subjects ranging from life span development concerns (children, women, men, etc.) to medical and mental health matters.
Family Violence Prevention; Proposal Deadline: May 31
The Target Corporation Family Violence Protection grants support programs that help prevent family violence, including family counseling programs, parenting classes, and similar activities. Grants typically are $1,000 - $3,000.
Improve Student Learning; Proposal Deadline: May 1
The McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation offers Academic Enrichment Grants designed to develop programs that improve student learning. Counselors with innovative ideas for school or after school activities could receive up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of three years.
Grant Development Tip - In Kind Contributions Help
Winning grant proposals are often those that display an "in kind" commitment by the applicant, a supportive gesture that can be either financial or can take other forms. In fact, many federal, state, and foundation grant makers are beginning to require either specific dollar commitment or "in kind" contribution by the applicant as a funding requirement.
When calculating the "in kind" contribution, there are a variety of costs that can be considered. Volunteer participation in a program can be calculated in terms of person days or hours. Your regular staff time contribution, use of space and equipment, supplies, and communications (e.g., telephone) can add up to a significant contribution. Figure these factors into your next proposal.
Browsing the "help wanted" section of the Sunday paper or the online employment postings and refreshing one's resume are commonplace in today's workforce, yet employers are not recognizing this or they are choosing to ignore it. The third annual "Employee Satisfaction and Retention Survey," just released by Salary.com, found significant differences in how employees and employers perceive job satisfaction. When queried regarding what, other than additional compensation, would entice them to remain at their present job, the 7000+ survey respondents offered the following: professional development, ability to work from home, additional week of vacation, and flexible work schedules.
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