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ACA Testimony to Congress Calls for Increase in School Counseling Funding

On April 14, 2010, ACA submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. In the statement, Dr. Lynn E. Linde, ACA President, advocated for $80 million for the Elementary and Secondary School Counseling Program (ESSCP) for fiscal year (FY) 2011, a $25 million increase over the program’s FY 2010 appropriations level. This increase in funding, if adopted by Congress, would direct $40 million toward creating and expanding comprehensive school counseling programs in elementary schools and another $40 million for middle and high school programs.

ACA letter to House Committee...

Happy Mother's Day to America's 82.8 Million Mothers

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the driving force behind Mother's Day was Anna Jarvis, who organized the first observance on May 10, 1908. The celebration became permanent in 1914 when Congress designated the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day. The agency estimates the number of American mothers to be in excess of 82.8 million. Don't forget mother on May 9, 2010.

Mother's Day Fact Sheet...

ACA Responds with DSM-5 Revision Recommendations

ACA FeedbackACA's feedback on the proposed revisions to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has been forwarded to the American Psychiatric Association. Using member feedback, generated by an electronic call for input and a town hall meeting at the Pittsburgh conference, a task force appointed by ACA President Lynn E. Linde, incorporated the comments of more than four dozen contributors into a letter that was submitted to APA in April on behalf of the ACA membership.

In her letter, President Linde expressed concern about ACA's exclusion from participation in the development of the DSM-5 and went on to state: "It is essential to involve us because we provide a unique perspective." She further requested professional counselor participation in both the field testing process and the dissemination of information to be adequately prepared for the final feedback opportunity in 2011.

The ACA DSM-5 Task Force was comprised of Charles Pemberton (Chair), Camille Clay, Rebecca Daniel-Burke, Dayle Jones, Monica Kintich, and Jacqueline Swank.

President Linde's Letter on Proposed DSM-5 Revisions...

Mental Health Parity Act: July 1 Deadline for Plans to Comply

There has been confusion about the date the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act actually takes effect for private health plans. Plans have until July 1, 2010 to fully comply with the new law's regulatory requirements.

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Edu-Jobs Bill Would Push $23 Billion to Stem Educator Layoff

Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), Chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has introduced the Keep Our Educators Working Act (S. 3206) to establish a $23 billion Education Jobs Fund to help school districts and public colleges retain or hire early-childhood, K-12 or postsecondary staff, including school counselors. Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised the bill at a recent Congressional hearing, stating, “We are projecting between 100,000 and 300,000 [education] layoffs [without this legislation].” The bill matches the education provisions of a larger jobs bill (H.R. 4812) which has not yet passed the House.

ACA commends Chairman Harkin for advocating for this timely legislation and urges counselors to contact their two U.S. Senators to co-sponsor or support S3206.

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Worth Reading: Student Address a Predictor of Academic Success

Current school reform efforts, like No Child Left Behind, emphasize teacher quality as the most important factor in student success. University of Florida researchers, however, have identified another stunningly accurate predictor of classroom performance, the student's home address—right down to the neighborhood and street number. The research findings were presented by Professor Harry Daniels at the ACA conference last month in Pittsburgh.

University of Florida research news...

Conference Clipping: Submit your Proposal for 2011 by June 2

ACA Conference LogoThe ACA Conference in Pittsburgh was an outstanding professional development opportunity for counselors and students and an exceptional opportunity for presenters to showcase innovative, evidence-based programs, strategies, and research. The conference featured 38 Pre-conference Learning Institutes and 538 Education Sessions (i.e., 90-minute programs, 60-minute programs, and 30-minute poster sessions). The overall acceptance rate for Education Sessions was 35%, meaning that the competition for presentation spaces and the quality of selected programs continue to increase.

The deadline for program proposals for the ACA 2011 Conference & Exposition in New Orleans is June 2, 2010. As you prepare a program proposal, consider the helpful tips outlined below, which will increase your chances of crafting a highly-rated proposal. Click here for 7 tips on putting together an effective proposal. The tips were prepared by Brad Erford, Chair of the ACA Conference Program Review Panel.

Click here to register for the 2011 Conference, March 23-27, in New Orleans at the low Summer Rate, which expires August 31.

Relevant Research: Adults with Depression More Likely to be Smokers

New statistics from the National Center for Health Statistics have found that in every sex-age group, adults with depression were more likely to smoke than those without depression. Over half of the men with depression aged 40-54 were current smokers compared with 26% of men without depression of the same age. Among women aged 40-54, of those with depression, 43% were smokers compared with 22% of those without depression.

NCEH Report...

ACA Lauds NIMH for Behavioral Mental Health Research Initiatives

As a National Institute of Mental Health partner, ACA participated in the annual NIMH Professional Coalition for Research meeting in Washington DC on April 23rd. Dr. Thomas Insel, NIMH Director, led the meeting which focused on research advances in mental health, current and future NIMH initiatives, and soliciting feedback from the invited organizations.

ACA has been critical of NIMH in the past for having a singular focus on biological aspects of mental disorders and so was pleased that there was a new emphasis on behavioral mental health research. NIMH announced two new behavioral and social science initiatives. The first, Oppnet, will expand and coordinate funding for behavioral science research across all National Institute for Health institutes, centers and offices. Oppnet will also provide a mentoring program for researchers grounded in biologically focused research to become oriented to behavioral research. The second behavioral initiative, Science of Behavior Change, is focused on funding research that delineates behavioral mechanisms which promote positive change and maintenance of those changes. For more information on the new NIMH Oppnet and Science of Behavior Change initiatives visit http://oppnet.nih.gov

Counseling Awareness Month Publication Sale

Save $50 on three essential books and get two free gifts now through Friday, April 30! The free gifts are the 2010 ACA Conference Totebags and a "Got Issues? See a Professional Counselor" bumper sticker. The three books on sale are:

The ACA Encyclopedia of Counseling

The ACA Encyclopedia of CounselingCounseling comes alive in this book! More than 400 entries span the 2009 CACREP core areas used in counselor preparation, continuing education, and accreditation of counseling degree programs, making this a perfect text for introductory counseling classes or for use as a study guide when preparing for the National Counselor Exam.

List Price: $99.95
ACA Member Price: $74.95
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Ethics Desk Reference for CounselorsEthics Desk Reference for Counselors
Jeffrey E. Barnett and W. Brad Johnson

This pocket guide will help counselors interpret and apply the ACA Code of Ethics in order to prevent and resolve ethical dilemmas.

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The Professional Counselor: Portfolio, Competencies, Performance Guidelines, and Assessment, Fourth Edition
Dennis W. Engels, Casey A. Barrio Minton, Dee C. Ray, and Associates

The Professional CounselorStudent learner outcomes and counselor work behaviors are tied to the 2009 CACREP Standards in this long-standing premiere handbook for students, educators, supervisors, researchers, and practitioners seeking to quickly and efficiently update, refresh, or evaluate their knowledge of and skills in the most important competencies in counseling.

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Gender Gains: Women Equal Men in Advanced Degree Attainment

Statistics released by the U.S. Census Bureau last month show women are now just as likely as men to have completed college and to hold an advanced degree, part of an accelerating trend of educational gains that have shielded women from recent job losses. The lingering caveat is that women continue to lag behind men in compensation.

Among adults 25 and older, 29% of women in the U.S. have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with 30% of men, according to 2009 census figures released Tuesday. Measured by raw numbers, women already surpass men in undergraduate degrees by roughly 1.2 million.

U.S. Census Bureau release...

Concerned about Ethics: A Proposed Interest Network May Interest You

Are you a professional counselor, counselor educator, or counseling student with an interest in ethics? If so, would you be interested in an online Interest Network on ethics? ACA Interest Networks are online venues for sharing ideas with your colleague. So, if you have a desire to share your knowledge and ideas about professional ethics with others within ACA, write to Paul Fornell at pdfornell@nmhu.edu. Paul will send you more information about the next steps.

Learn about the 13 existing ACA Interest Networks...

Grant Opportunity Targets Womens Initiative

Ms. Foundation for Women

Grant OpportunitiesThe Ms. Foundation for Women has announced an open request for proposals for projects in two funding priorities, women's health and ending violence. Priority will be given to proposals that build the power and leadership of women most affected by poverty, violence, and other forms of injustice. Award range: $10,000 – $50,000. Application deadline: May 17, 2010.

Information and application...

Free Kit from HHS on Talking with Pre-Teens About Sex

The Parents Speak Up National Campaign (PSUNC) is a national education campaign sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. PSUNC encourages parents to talk with their pre-teens about sex. Parents, more than the media or their peers, have the greatest influence on their kids' decisions about sex, yet many parents feel uncomfortable talking about this challenging topic. PSUNC provides practical tools and resources to give parents the confidence they need to effectively communicate with their children about sex. Many of the campaign materials are available in both English and Spanish.

To support the community organizations and leaders who work directly with parents and children, PSUNC developed the Ready to Talk train-the-trainer workshop kit. The free kit includes everything a community leader would need to conduct local parent workshops to help parents can gain the skills they need to talk early and often with their pre-teen children about sex. The kit includes a DVD with a best practices video, a leader manual, a workshop PowerPoint, campaign PSAs, a video for parents, and multiple handouts. Please order your free PSUNC resources today by visiting www.4parents.gov/order.

Calendar: Summer and Fall Roundup of ACA Division Conferences

National Career Development Association
June 30-July 2, 2010
Hyatt Regency, San Francisco, CA
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American School Counselor Association
July 3-6, 2010
Hynes Convention Center, Sheraton Boston, Boston, MA
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American Mental Health Counselors Association
July 15-17, 2010
Westin Waterfront Hotel, Boston, MA
Information...

Association for Adult Development and Aging
July 30, 2010
Roosevelt Hotel, New York, NY
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Association for Spiritual, Ethical and Religious Values in Counseling
August 1-3, 2010
Springmaid Beach Retreat and Resort, Myrtle Beach, SC
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Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education
September 9-10, 2010
Holiday Inn Select, Memphis, TN
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Association for Creativity in Counseling
September 18-19, 2010
Portland Doubletree Hotel, Portland, OR
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American College Counseling Association
October 6-9, 2010
Hyatt Regency St. Louis - Riverfront, St. Louis, MO
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