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Teen Students in the Workplace: Benefits vs. Consequences
American teens have been a long-standing fixture in the U.S. workplace, including significant numbers of teens who hold jobs during the school year. Some do it to help pay for college or to generate extra spending money. Others approach working more seriously as they may be contributing to their personal or family livelihood. The impact of part-time work on academic performance and adolescent behavior of students is the subject of a new study published in Child Development.
A number of previous studies have highlighted the positive aspects of teens working, including character building, assuming responsibility, and time management. Other research has pointed to the distractions employment can have on attention to school work and its negative influence on psychosocial development. Assessing nine variables of school performance and engagement, these researchers also found conflicting results, but cautioned that students working more than 20 hours per week were likely to be engaging in behavior that could have a negative impact on the overall academic performance and could lead to deviant behavior.
The report suggests that counselors, educators, and parents continue to monitor the effects of work on adolescents and that policymakers constrain the number of hours teens work during the school year.
ACA Seeks Journal Back Issues for Digital Archive
As a part of the new ACA partnership with Wiley-Blackwell, back issues are being collected to develop archives for full digitalization of the Journal of Counseling & Development and the 9 division journals published by the association. To provide this historical archive to members and subscribers, a number of missing issues must be acquired.
Long-Term Gains in Minority Education: Greater Than Generally Thought?
The Huffington Post has posted a blog by Jack Jennings of the Council for Education Policy that discusses achievements of white, Latino, and African American students on the long-term National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often referred to as the Nation's Report Card. The blog points out that while general trends show a mixed picture of achievement gains over the past four decades, Latino and African American students made significant gains.
Conference Clipping: San Francisco Proposals Due June 8
ACA is now seeking proposals for presenting at the 2012 Conference & Exposition in San Francisco, March 21-25. Proposals must be submitted by June 8, 2011 at 5pm ET. Topics are sought in all areas of counseling, but ACA has specific interest in these topics for 2012: disaster mental health, social media, and military members and their families. Advanced programs in all topics are also being sought.
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Fast Fact: New Data on Immigrant Children and Poverty
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), 17.2 million children currently living in the U.S. have a parent who is foreign born and 4.2 million children of immigrant parents are poor. A new NCCP brief, Poor Children by Parents' Nativity: What Do We Know, argues that child poverty in immigrant families does not result from unemployment, but from parents' low-wage work, as well as barriers to work supports and social benefit programs.
First Ever Bilingual Post on ACA Blog
Stephanie Dargoltz, a bilingual counselor who works in private practice in South Florida with children, adolescents, and young adults, is the first ACA blogger to post on my.counseling.org in a language other than English. Visit
Study to Determine Best, Most Cost Efficient Ways of Serving PTSD Sufferers
Thousands of men and women are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms (PTSD) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) at the National Academies has launched an effort to determine how best to assess and treat them. Working collaboratively with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, IOM will examine what PTSD care techniques are the most effective and cost efficient.
Information about the "Assessment of Ongoing Effects in the Treatment of PTSD: Phase 1 and Phase 2" initiative can be found at the website below, including a link where professional counselors can provide feedback on the project.
In the News: One Third of High School Seniors Lacking in Civics, Government Awareness
High school seniors are typically only weeks or months away from voting and if a new report from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) is any indicator—many are clueless about their civic responsibilities and the governmental process. The Christian Science Monitor reported recently on an NAEP finding that one third (36%) of seniors fell short of the most basic level of civics and government knowledge and awareness. The only bright spot in the findings were improved overall scores by 4th graders and Hispanic students.
Relevant Research: Supportive Living Environment Deterrent to LGB Teen Suicide
A study of Oregon teenagers has found that supportive living environments are a deterrent to suicide attempts by lesbian, gay, and bisexuals (LGB) adolescents. Published in Pediatrics, the study found that LGB teens who lived in communities with a high proportion of gay and lesbian couples and attended schools that offered support groups and services were less likely to attempt suicide than LGB teens in less receptive environments.
ACA Member Logo: Signal of the Member's Professional Identity
ACA members have an effective tool that demonstrates their professional commitment: the ACA Member Logo. Members can acquire a copy of the ACA logo for use on business cards, personal stationery, websites, in private practice brochures, and in many other ways. Displaying the ACA Member Logo demonstrates one's commitment to the profession and its Code of Ethics.
Developed in response to requests from Professional members, the Member Logo is available only to those whose membership type is "Professional" or "New Professional." In addition, Retired members whose previous membership type had been "Professional" also may use the Member Logo.
The logo graphic files are available for free download on the
Reliable Resource: Space Availability Survey Shows Colleges with Fall Openings
Each year the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) surveys member colleges to determine which have fall enrollment opportunities for freshmen students. The information is extremely valuable to counselors working with students who have yet to finalize their educational plans and those who were not successful in their original application pursuits. The annual space availability report is available on the NACAC website.
Calendar: ASCA, NCDA, AMHCA, AACE and ACES Conferences on 2011 Schedule
American School Counselor Association
National Career Development Association
American Mental Health Counselors Association
Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
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